Dixie Chicks head out on tour this fall … in Canada only

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While a lot of American country stations are still holding a silly grudge against the Dixie Chicks for Natalie Maines' controversial comments on then president George Bush back in 2003, it appears that the Dixie Chicks are still holding a grudge against America. 

In a just released statement (via Jimmy Carter), Live Nation has announced that the Dixie Chicks are heading out on tour, but only in Canada. 

Here's the release Carter had on his website this morning: 

Live Nation is thrilled to announce the triumphant return of the multi-platinum selling Dixie Chicks with their Long Time Gone Tour 2013 through select markets in Canada. This follows the incredibly warm reception from Canadian fans at this summer’s Craven Country Jamboree, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest, and marks the first full tour for the Dixie Chicks through Canada in 7 years.

“We had such a great time playing for our Canadian fans this summer that we've been inspired to come back for more," say the band. The Dixie Chicks are Martie Maguire (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Emily Robison (banjo, dobro, guitar, vocals), and Natalie Maines (lead vocals, guitar).

Originally formed in 1989 in Dallas, Texas as a bluegrass band that included founding members and sisters Maguire and Robison, the band went on to find massive worldwide success following the addition of powerhouse lead singer Natalie Maines. Together as the Dixie Chicks, they have sold over 30 million albums, 1.6 million in Canada alone, and are one of the few acts to have multiple albums reaching “diamond” status. To date, they have won 13 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for their 2007 album Taking the Long Way. Their on-stage reputation has helped them sell over $100 million worth of concert tickets, and made them the biggest selling female band of all time in the US. In addition to the Dixie Chicks, all 3 members have had continued success with other music projects, Maguire and Robinson with the Court Yard Hounds, and Maines with the recent 2013 release of her debut solo album. “The Dixie Chicks are among the greatest talents in music today“, says Paul Haagenson, President of Live Nation, Canada. “We are truly honored to be involved in welcoming them back to Canada on this tour.”

Tickets for the Long Time Gone Tour 2013 go on sale to the general public on August 26th, and are available at Livenation.com.

Tour dates:

  • October 26, 2013 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena 
  • October 29, 2013 – Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre 
  • October 31, 2013 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome 
  • November 1, 2013 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place 
  • November 3, 2013 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre 
  • November 5, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre 
  • November 8, 2013 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre 
  • November 9, 2013 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum 
  • November 10, 2013 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens