Rascal Flatts were forced to cut their concert in Indianapolis concert short last month due to a security concern, which turned out to be a bomb threat, and now they are opening up about the ordeal.
The announcement of the concert’s end came just before the band was due to take the stage for their encore, and they actually found out about it in their ear monitors. Gary LeVox tells “Billboard” they were “kind of in shock” when the found out, noting “I immediately thought of Vegas,” referring to the Route 91 festival shooting.
The band was immediately evacuated to their van and quickly grew concerned about their fans. “You worry for everyone there,” Jay DeMarcus says. While the amphitheater was criticized for how they handled the situation, the band thinks they did a great job preventing a mass panic. Notes, Joe Don Rooney, “Security in Indy did an amazing job, because they didn’t say ‘there’s a bomb threat,’... they [just] got everybody out of that venue,”
As you can imagine, the whole thing was rather upsetting for the group. “That was the first time we felt like that before,” Joe Don says, with Jay adding, “It was very unsettling.” Gary notes the bomb scare “makes you realize that this world is crazy,” adding that the world, “just doesn’t seem to be getting any better, [so] you have to take every threat seriously, and [this one] was serious enough for them to … get us out of there and tell everybody.”