Nearly eight years have passed since Rascal Flatts fired one-time opening act Eric Church from their 2006 headlining tour. In the years since the incident, Eric has shared his story and even Taylor Swift briefly mentioned it during her recent speech at the 2013 CMA Awards. However, Rascal Flatts have remained silent on the topic until it was covered in a recent interview with Electric Barnyard.
Eric Church was selected as an opening act for Rascal Flatts' “Me and My Gang” tour and after playing his set long than allowed, the trio stepped in.
“We asked him four times to stay to the allotted amount of time that he had to play,” member Jay DeMarus said. “We sat him down in our dressing room and were like, ‘Look. We’ll put you on early so you can play longer. But please, just be off the stage because we still have to do our show.'”
During a performance at Madison Square Garden, Eric performed twenty minutes longer than allowed. Read more about the now infamous show here.
“We made that his last visit with us,” Jay stated.
Lead singer Gary LeVox continued, “It was kinda like a middle finger to us.”
The trio continued, “We really don’t have anything against Eric Church. I like his music. Every time we see him now and run into him, it’s fine. But it [playing longer] was a bit disrespectful.There was no goodwill being sent back to us. It wasn’t worth the trouble.”