Rascal Flatts made the surprising announcement on Tuesday morning that the band will embark on a farewell tour this summer, and then they will take a break to potentially pursue solo endeavors.
"When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places and gifts we would encounter. As we head out on the Rascal Flatts Farewell - Life is A Highway Tour, there is no sadness. Just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings," the band wrote on its Twitter feed.
The trio of Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus first broke the news on "CBS This Morning," and it didn't take long for fans to go into mourning on social media.
"You may not be sad but i am heartbroken you and your music have helped me so much over the years my heart is broken will miss you so much," one fan replied to them.
"Sad to know you guys are taking a break. Your music has helped me through life. Thank you for the most heart felt music. You have touched and healed so many broken hearts and lost souls," another wrote.
"Saw you in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. I missed the last two years but I sure as heck will not be missing your farewell tour. I knew this day was coming but I’m still not ready for it. thanks for an amazing 20 years of music. you all are why I love country music," a third fan said.
"Ah! I'm conflicted: selfishly sad for me, but happy for you guys! You've had a great journey! May your next chapters be equally amazing!" another wrote.
"We haven't really had a break in 20 years," LeVox said in a statement from the group. "We haven't had time to reflect. Our fans have given us so much. We've achieved so many milestones in our career."
"We're really saying thank you," added Rooney. "Thank you for all these years and all these memories we've stockpiled. It's our way of showing our appreciation and with a humble heart, just saying, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you."