Fans come to Rascal Flatts’ defense after Daytona 500 concert Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 18: Rascal Flats performs during pre race festivities prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 60th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Social media is a funny world, where people who can’t sing a single note spend their precious time ripping on those who can and do make a living at it. And on Feb. 18, that’s just what happened in the Twitterverse as country group Rascal Flatts took the stage before the Daytona 500 to sing their hit song, “Yours If You Want It.”

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While the crowd in attendance looked like they were having the time of their lives, some watching on TV people had some not so nice things to say about the band. “I’m sorry, but Rascal Flatts sounds completely awful and a embarrassment as a NASCAR fan,” one person tweeted, reflecting a common sentiment. “But I guest [sic] that’s show biz as they say!”

Yet, the beauty of country music fans is that they stand up for those they love the most, and boy do they love their Rascal Flatts! Many immediately came to the defense of the band and its enthusiastic performance. “Rascal Flatts was amazing,” many fans tweeted out.

No matter the conversation back and forth, Rascal Flatts looked like they were having a great time rubbing shoulders with some of NASCAR’s biggest stars and spending some time with their families at the legendary race.

Of course, the performance was the perfect way to warm up for their upcoming “Back to Us Tour,” which will kick off later this year in Connecticut with openers Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce.

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“I can’t describe how much we are looking forward to the tour this summer!” said Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox in a recent press release. “We’ve been lucky enough to be in a position to tour consistently throughout our career, and last year felt like the perfect time to reset as we focused on the release of our 10th album. Coming back this year and with our friends Dan + Shay, who are some of the best guys around, as well as Carly, who had an amazing year last year, makes it all the more exciting. It’s going to be an awesome time for us and the fans!”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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