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01/15/2013 - Rascal Flatts rocks iWireless Center

They are the only country group to have played the iwireless Center 7 times. Fans come from miles to see them when they play. They make performing on a stage in front of thousands look so easy! THEY are Rascal Flatts... a group that's often responsible for welcoming people into country music, as is the case with myself when I became a fan almost 10 years ago. Friday night, the iwireless Center was a PARTY when the Flatts guys brought along their pals, newcomer, Kristen Kelly and sensations The Band Perry. The house was packed right from the beginning as fans welcomed Kristen Kelly. She gained plenty of new fans tonight as her voice soared through the stands - her single, "Ex Old Man" was a hit with the crowd and although people stayed in their seats, she kept them going. When The Band Perry came out, everyone rose to their feet and sang along to hits like, "If I I Die Young," "Postcard from Paris" and "Better Dig Two." The three siblings that make up the trio clearly have their stage prescience down to a tee. They have been thru the Quad Cities multiple times in the last two years and have gotten better and better with each performance. Kimberly Perry has a way of turning on the crowd like none other! Female fans scream for her brothers, Neil and Reid, especially when the group splits the stadium in half for a "singing competition." The Band Perry reminded us that while there is heartache in the world today, for one night we can come together as one and enjoy our time singing and dancing and enjoying the music. It took a slight intermission to get things ready for 3 guys that have been performing together for decades. As soon as the lights dimmed, EVERYONE got on their feet and eyes were peeled on the stage to get the first glimpse of Gary, Jay and Joe Don. As the rose from the stage, their smash hit "Banjo" began and the cheering erupted. The Flatts guys are naturals on stage, and for a good period of time took requests from the audience and bantered back and forth. Fans sang along to every word of songs like "Fast Cars and Freedom," and "I'm Moving On" as if they were still #1 hits today! The guys don't have to work hard for their talent to come out, it's clearly natural. If I HAD to complain about one thing from the show - it'd be Gary LaVox's wardrobe. These guys are making loads of cash and he walked on stage with a (bedazzled) black tshirt and jeweled bell bottoms. I for one am glad that he can make himself comfortable in the Quad Cities, but hopefully next time they come to town he's hired a stylist. -Jillene

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