Some post-concert reflections after writing my review of Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker at Xcel on Saturday:
Did Rascal Flatts seemed rushed? Many songs segued into the next one — even in non-medley situations.
Did the elaborate runway(s) to the stage sort of suggest Prince’s symbol?
Why would Gary LeVox expect many fans to know the new number “American Living”? It’s not on my version of “Unstoppable.” Tied to the group’s new campaign with JC Penney, the song is available only on CDs sold at Penneys.
So we got three songs from “Unstoppable.” Glad that the helping from the new album was limited because this is not a particularly strong album.
What was louder: Gary LeVox’s bespangled shirt, his bespangled jeans or his blinged out watch?
I liked the contrast of LeVox’s choir-boy tenor and Darius Rucker’s rich as molasses baritone, especially when they teamed up on “Life Is a Highway.”
While Rucker was convincing at the X, I thought he was much more impressive at his longer, looser Cabooze gig last fall.
Darius’ “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” musically echoes the Bonnie Raitt hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me.”
Did we really need Cletus T. Judd as an opening act? His lamest joke was threatening the first person who yelled “Hootie” at Darius Rucker with being escorted by security to a Dixie Chicks concert 100 miles away. The Chicks haven’t been on tour for a few years.
Click here for the full review. Here are the set lists
Rascal Flatts: Summer Nights/Stand/Fast Cars and Freedom/Me and My Gang/Bless the Broken Road/Still Feels Good/FRONT PORCH SET Mayberry/Lean on Me (Bill Withers)/Backwards/Praying for Daylight/American Living/Here Comes Goodbye/FULL BAND I Melt/Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye)/Love You Out Loud/Take Me There/My Wish/What Hurts the Most/Bob That Head ENCORE Revolution (Beatles)/Hold My Hand (Hootie & Blowfish, with Darius Rucker singing lead)/Life Is a Highway (with Rucker)
Darius Rucker: Forever Road/Alright/It Won’t Be Like This for Long/All I Want/History in the Making/Family Tradition (Hank Jr.)/Drinkin’ and Dialin’/I Only Want To Be with You (Hootie & Blowfish)/Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It/Purple Rain (Prince)