Dixie Chicks bounce back with more shows

June 14, 2006 10:05 AM
The Dixie Chicks (tickets | music), who late last week assured fans that the rumors of their summer tour's demise had been greatly exaggerated, have booked seven new dates for the run, all of which are in either the northeastern US or Canada.

New to the schedule are stops in Uncasville, CT; Wantagh, NY; Atlantic City, NJ; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint John, New Brunswick; Montreal; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tickets for most of the new shows will hit the box office over the next two weekends. Details are shown in the itinerary below.

Meanwhile, tickets for most of the tour's previously announced dates are already on sale, though some on-sales have been postponed, according to a message posted at the Dixie Chicks' website, which says that tickets for some late-summer shows that were scheduled to go on sale last Saturday (6/10) have been held back "until a final determination is made if [the shows] are going to be moved to the fall."

According to the group's website, on-sale dates are still pending for previously announced shows in Kansas City, MO; St. Louis; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; Memphis; Houston; Jacksonville, FL; and Greensboro, SC.

Last week, some media reports indicated that the trio might be forced to cancel or postpone most or all of its summer dates due to tepid ticket sales in many markets, a situation largely credited to the controversy that has surrounded the group since lead singer Natalie Maines, during a 2003 concert in London, told the audience that she was "ashamed" that President George W. Bush was a fellow Texan.

On Friday (6/9), the group responded to the cancellation rumors with a message posted at its website.

"Any reports being made about the cancellation of our upcoming Accidents And Accusations tour are completely false," the band's statement began.

"We have known since March 2003 that our path in this business would have obstacles at every pass. We have enjoyed meeting each one head-on and we will continue to do so. Dixie Chicks fans are as active and dedicated as they come. This time around we are willingly feeling our way through uncharted territory. Things don't come as easy as they might have come in the past, and it makes each accomplishment more exciting and appreciated."

In contrast to the reported lagging ticket sales, the band's latest album, "Taking the Long Way," is showing healthy sales numbers, selling 526,000 copies its first week of release, according to Nielsen Soundscan, the third largest sales week of any artist this year. The album, which has spent the past two weeks in the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart, will dip to No. 2 on the forthcoming chart after selling about 175,000 copies during its most recent week in stores, according to Billboard.

On Thursday (6/15), the Dixie Chicks kick off their tour with a sold-out performance at London's Shepherds Bush Empire, the same venue where Maines made her controversial remark in 2003. MSN Video will broadcast the sold-out show at http://dixiechicks.msn.com.

[Note: The following tour itinerary has been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
Dixie Chicks tour dates and tickets
July 2006
21 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
23 - Columbus, OH - Value City Arena
25 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
26 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino (on sale 6/23)
28 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena
29 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden

August 2006
1 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
2 - Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach (on sale tba)
4 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
5 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata (on sale 6/23)
8 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Metro Centre (on sale 6/24)
10 - Saint John, New Brunswick - Harbour Station (on sale 6/24)
12 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre (on sale 6/17)
13 - London, Ontairo - Labatt Centre (on sale 6/17)
15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
19 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre (on sale 6/17)
20 - Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena (on sale tba)
22 - St. Louis, MO - Savvis Center (on sale tba)
23 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse (on sale tba)
24 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
26 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome

September 2006
3 - Glendale, AZ - Glendale Arena
6 - Fresno, CA - SaveMart Center (on sale tba)
8 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
9 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
14 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center (on sale tba)
16 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center (on sale tba)
23 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center Omaha
24 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
26 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center (on sale tba)
27 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum (on sale tba)
29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
30 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (on sale tba)

October 2006
1 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
3 - Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center
5 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
6 - Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial Arena (on sale tba)
7 - Sunrise, FL - BankAtlantic Center
17 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
20 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
22 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum (on sale tba)
27 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
28, 29 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre

November 2006
4 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
5 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome
8 - Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
9 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden Arena
11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome
Dixie Chicks tour dates and tickets

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