After 20 years together, country trio Rascal Flatts announced Tuesday that their upcoming tour will be the last: The group behind hits like "Bless the Broken Road," "My Wish" and "What Hurts the Most" is officially breaking up, the band confirmed on "CBS This Morning."
Bassist Jay DeMarcus said all three men will "probably" continue to make music individually, and perhaps they'll even collaborate together in the future, but this is a breakup, not a hiatus. "We all still love each other," he said.
Although the decision came after plenty of thought, the group only just this week let staff know of the news. "Some of us have been with us since year one," DeMarcus said. "It was a very, very sad letter to send, but we wanted to let them know that they’ve got a year to prepare."
Early years of Rascal Flatts
Early years of Rascal Flatts
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Joe Don Rooney (L) and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts perform as the band opens for country artist Toby Keith at the Thomas & Mack Center November 1, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rascal Flatts is touring in support of the new album, "Melt." (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 2000: Rascal Flatts at the "American Idol" finale held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif. on May 25, 2005 (Photo by Christina Radish/Redferns)
Rascal Flatts during The 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Rascal Flatts during 37th Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, United States. (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 5: Members of Rascal Flatts, named "Vocal Group of the Year," pose with their awards backstage at the "37th Annual CMA Awards" at the Grand Ole Opry House November 5, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2533 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus of musical guest Rascal Flatts perform on July 29, 2003 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 9: Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts performs on stage at the 38th Annual CMA Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House November 9, 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 10: Joe Don Rooney and Gary Levox of Rascal Flatts perform in support of the bands "Feels Like Today" release on October 10, 2004 at H.P. Pavilion, in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 10: Gary Levox and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts perform in support of the bands "Feels Like Today" release on October 10, 2004 at H.P. Pavilion, in San Jose, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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And a jam-packed year at that: Their farewell tour will kick off on June 11, and as of now, it wraps Oct. 17. (Variety notes that more dates are likely to be added, especially given that there's not currently a Nashville spot on the schedule.)
Demarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney formed the band in 1999, and their debut album was an undisputed hit with four singles on the Billboard country charts. Future hits would come not only from their own albums, but also from Disney's major movie soundtrack for "Cars," which featured the band's ultra-popular cover of "Life Is A Highway."