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Arena country

Rascal Flatts dropped a new album, "Changed," back in April and promptly took to the road to launch a summer tour that brings the band to Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus -- the founding members of Rascal Flatts -- have consistently mined commercial platinum over the past decade by fusing country harmonies to rock and pop instrumentation, and by employing the massive sound, light and pyrotechnic shows more commonly associated with arena rock than with modern country.

"Changed" is already shaping up to be one of the band's most successful albums -- the first single, "Banjo," hit the top of the country charts, and second single "Come Wake Me Up" appears poised to do the same.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday with guests Little Big Town. Tickets are $30.50 for general admission on the lawn, $45.50 and $60.50 for reserved seats. Limited "standing room only" pit seats are $65.50 (plus service fees). Visit to purchase them.

-- Jeff Miers