- Associated Press - Thursday, March 10, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - The members of Rascal Flatts hope to gain new fans with their ABC concert special. They’ve got the perfect bait: Justin Bieber.

Turns out music’s biggest heartthrob is a fan of the trio.

“It’s funny because his mom turned him on to us,” singer Gary LeVox said. “He wrote something about being a fan of ours in his book. So (his camp) just reached out to us and said, `We have a song, `That Should Be Me,’ and we wanted to see if you guys would be interested in doing it.’”

Saturday night’s special, “Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This Presented by JC Penney,” will feature a never-seen clip from the video for “That Should Be Me” and behind-the-scenes footage of its making.

“He’s such a talented kid,” bassist Jay DeMarcus said. “He really is. He’s wildly talented. He plays about 14 different instruments and he sings all day long. It’s just really, really inspiring to see somebody so fired up and focused on music because he’s eaten alive with it.”

LeVox is familiar with the demographic Bieber draws. His young daughters are fans of the 17-year-old phenom and LeVox made sure they got to meet him.

“I wouldn’t have been able to go home,” he said.

The special also will feature an appearance by Natasha Bedingfield, who appeared on the band’s latest album, “Nothing Like This,” in the duet “Easy” with LeVox. There’s also footage shot with the band during the recording of “Nothing Like This.”

“We wanted to make this really special,” guitarist Joe Don Rooney said. “We really wanted to take people behind the scenes of what Rascal Flatts is all about.”




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