Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Charged With DUI in Nashville

Rascal Flatts band member Joe Don Rooney was charged with driving under the influence on Thursday (Sept. 9), the Williamson County Sheriff’s office has confirmed to Billboard.

As first reported by The Tennessean, Rooney crashed into a tree on Hillsboro Road north of Franklin, Tenn., around 4 a.m. on Thursday. Rooney was arrested and charged with a DUI, and later released on a $2,500 bond.

The band’s representatives declined to comment.

Two weeks ago, Rooney and his Rascal Flatts bandmate Jay DeMarcus were at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to accept the Academy of Country Music’s Cliffie Stone icon award, which honors leaders in the country music industry who have contributed significantly to the growth of the genre through their writing, recording, production and music works as well as through philanthropic contributions and other goodwill efforts.

In 2020, Rascal Flatts announced their farewell tour, though that trek was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the group also released the EP How They Remember You, followed by a greatest hits collection. Over the past several months, some of the group’s members released solo music, with DeMarcus releasing the single “Music Man” in honor of his late father, while Gary LeVox branched out with his five-song solo Christian music EP One on One, spearheaded by the single, “The Distance.” The project also features collaborations with Breland, MercyMe, Jonathan McReynolds, and LeVox’s daughter Brittany. They also appeared on the track “Until Grace,” which was featured on Contemporary Christian Music artist Tauren Wells’ album Citizen of Heaven.

Queens of the Stone Age Singer Josh Homme’s Kids Sought Restraining Orders, Allege Verbal & Physical Abuse

The minor children of Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme were seeking domestic violence restraining orders against their dad over allegations of physical and verbal abuse. According to copies of the documents — filed on behalf of the children by their mother Brody Dalle — obtained by Billboard, daughter Camille, 15, and sons Orrin, 10, and Wolf, 5, claim that Homme drinks alcohol while his kids are riding in the car with him, and that the 48-year-old singer-guitarist has made threats about killing their mother’s boyfriend.

Billboard has confirmed that Dalle’s efforts to obtain the restraining orders on behalf of her kids have been denied by judges in both Los Angeles and Santa Monica, as first reported by TMZ.

A request submitted by Dalle on behalf of Orrin on Sept. 8 to the Los Angeles Superior Court claims that the child was sitting on a couch with his father and one of Homme’s bandmates when “my dad Joshua Homme reached over and grabbed my private parts even when I told him to stop and kept saying ‘balls’ over and over.”

He also claimed that Homme drinks alcohol and drives with them in the car, and smokes “everywhere,” even though Orrin has asthma, “but he calls me a liar and says I don’t.”

Other allegations include claims that Homme “demands” that Orrin fetch him tequila, and that he “face palms me with his hand,” “he throws things at me,” “he flicks my ears all the time and he pushes and shoves me,” as well as allegedly hitting Orrin in the head and poking his chest. Orrin also wrote that “my dad calls me a liar [and] a traitor,” that “he calls me fat,” and “my dad screams in my face when I’m sleeping and punches the bed.”

Orrin adds that Homme allegedly said he was going to “murder, shoot and kill my mom’s boyfriend … I am scared he is going to hurt or kill them.” In a chilling note, Orrin responds to the question “describe abuse to you or your children” by writing, “It’s all the time and I am scared.”

In Wolf’s declaration — also filed Sept. 8 — the 5-year-old describes Homme calling Dalle by “the ‘C’ word and the ‘A’ word,” as well as a time when he alleges Homme “punch[ed] my mom’s window and called her the ‘c’ word.” He also claimed that Homme “grabs the back of our necks and screams at us and throws things at us and pushes us. … I am scared when I go to dad’s.”

A separate request for a restraining order filed by Dalle in Los Angeles on Sept. 1 includes a declaration from the divorced couple’s daughter Camille. In it, she claims that Homme has operated a vehicle with the children in it after drinking, and that she has heard her father “threatening to kill, murder and shoot my mother’s boyfriend.” In addition to corroborating the boys’ claims, Camille also alleged that her father has “mock[ed] my anxiety and depression.”

The requests ask that Homme remain 100 yards away from his children and the family dog at all times. Dalle’s lawyer had not returned requests for comment at press time.

Homme’s lawyer, Susan Wiesner, tells Billboard in a statement, “The allegations made by Ms. Dalle against Mr. Homme are categorically false. In order to protect the children, we will not be making any further statements.”

Wiesner also told TMZ that Dalle “has previously brought these claims to the police, DCFS and the presiding judge of the family law court, all of whom have declined to take any action upon these spurious claims.”

Dalle and Homme were married in 2005, and divorced in 2019. They have each filed restraining orders against the other in the past.

Homme filed his own request for a domestic violence restraining order against Dalle on Aug. 30. In the document obtained by Billboard, he claims there was a domestic incident on June 18, during which he said that Dalle, 42, “purposefully slammed her car door” into him, “causing severe bruising on his shoulder and upper torso.” He also claims that Dalle has punched him in the face “multiple times” over the course of several alleged assaults, kicked and pushed him and “bragged to friends and relatives regarding her physical abuse” of him.

Other allegations involve claims of verbal abuse, the throwing of an iron and a handbag, alleged monitoring of phone calls, e-mails, texts and credit card records, and otherwise harassing.

20 Questions With Roger Sanchez: The House Icon on the 20th Anniversary of ‘His Enduring Hit Another Chance’

Two decades ago this week, Roger Sanchez’s “Another Chance” was well on its way to becoming the biggest hit of the New York house legend’s career.

Released in July of 2001, the song was swirl of disco strings, 4/4 beats, a wistful melody and lyrics (sampled from Toto’s 1983 hit “I Won’t Hold You Back”) that ruminated on what would happen if one was, simply, given another chance to love. Altogether, the track was dreamy, transportive, memorable and just a little bit melancholy. (A sweet, also sort of sad video from director Philippe Andre turned up the dial on this nostalgia even more. Check Sanchez’s cameo at the 1:22 minute mark.) In clubs, “Another Chance” worked early in the set, at peak time and at the afterhours. Two decades later, it functions just as well.

“Another Chance” didn’t actually reach the Billboard charts in the U.S. at the time — due to, Sanchez says, not getting a proper Stateside release. Across the Atlantic, however, the song was a smash, hitting No. 1 in the U.K. and Romania and becoming a top 10 hit throughout Europe. It’s since been streamed 35 million times, a highlight of Sanchez’s career, which has also included playing all of the world’s biggest and most influential dance festivals and winning a Grammy in 2003 for his remix of No Doubt’s “Hella Good.” On September 25, Sanchez will headline the UK’s One Out Festival, with fellow artists including Hannah Wants, Monki, Weiss and Horse Meat Disco.

And as part of the anniversary celebration, “Another Chance” has gotten a propulsive, toughened-up edit from Dutch house wunderkind Oliver Heldens, which is out today (Sept. 10) via Ministry of Sound. Here, Sanchez reflects on “Another Chance,” the best advice he’s ever gotten and why following his heart has served him well — see the conversation and listen to the new remix below.

1. Where are you in the world right now, and what’s the setting like?

I’m in London on my U.K. tour, and It’s going great! Events are firing and the vibe is very upbeat.

2. What is the first album or piece of music you bought for yourself, and what was the medium?

Vinyl album, First Choice’s “Let No Man Put Asunder.”

3. What did your parents do for a living when you were a kid, and what do they think of what you do for a living now?

My father was an engineer, and my mom worked at a watch factory. Both have been very supportive of my career, especially my father who told me in college that I should follow my heart regarding my career choices.

4. What was the first song you ever made?

Egotrip’s “Dreamworld.”

5. If you had to recommend one album for someone looking to get into electronic music, what would you give them?

Massive Attack’s Protection.

6. What’s the first non-gear thing you bought for yourself when you started making money as an artist?

I bought a very comfortable sofa for friends to hang out at my place.

7. What’s the first electronic music show that really blew your mind?

Kraftwerk live was amazing.

8. When you first released “Another Chance” did you know how special it was?

At first I didn’t realize the impact it would have until I started playing it out and getting a huge response every time. Then I thought, “This could really be something..”

9. Why do you think the song has endured the way it has?

I think it has an emotional quality that connects with people.

10. The video for the track is iconic, and still so sweet. What are your memories of that project being made, and of the first time you saw the finished product?

I remember shooting my scene at Centro-Fly in New York, and Philippe the director being very excited about the project. When I saw the finished video, I just knew he had nailed it.

11. “Another Chance” came out just two months before 9/11. Did that tragedy in any way affect the reception of the song, or the way audiences received it, or the way you thought about it at that time?

I didn’t really view the tragedy as a component to the development of the song at the time, but in retrospect, it may have provided a bittersweet way to cope with loss for some.

12. This song was a huge chart hit in the Europe. Why do you think it performed differently on the charts there than it did in the U.S.?

It didn’t have a proper release in the U.S. at the time, so the focus really was in the U.K. and Europe.

13. You could have chosen any producer to remix this song. Why was Oliver Heldens the right one?

I wanted a fresh set of ears to give a very different perspective for the remix, and I really like what Oliver does. I think he definitely rocked it on the remix.

14. What’s one thing you’d like your fans to know about you?

I enjoy playing and creating music for them as much today as I did when I started.

15. After decades of playing clubs, how do you still get yourself excited to play a set?

I still love the ability to connect to different audiences, so each set is brand new and exciting to me.

16. You’ve been in the scene for more than two decades. What are the biggest changes between the dance world when you were starting out and the dance world now?

The internet and the speed of communication is the biggest change. Things move much faster now.

17. Finish this sentence: the most exciting thing happening in dance music right now is ____?

Being able to go out and experience it live again.

18. What’s the best business decision you’ve ever made?

Following my heart and doing what I love.

19. Who was your greatest mentor, and what was the best advice they gave you?

My father has been my greatest mentor and literally encouraged me and gave me the freedom to follow my dreams by being supportive of my own decisions

20. One piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?

You will have amazing moments and extremely difficult challenges ahead — learn from all of them and change nothing, for they will make you who you are and will become.