The country trio have not performed a headline tour of the States since 2006, when they were recovering from the fall-out from band member Natalie Maines' comments about former President George W. Bush.
Country act The Dixie Chicks have announced a new headline tour of North America, their first to cover their home country, in nearly a decade, in 2016.
The multi-platinum selling American trio, who have recorded seven studio albums, have not released any new music since 2006’s record Taking the Long Way, and haven’t undertaken any tours since the massive worldwide Accusations & Accidents tour in support of the same album.
The group, consisting of Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, made the big announcement via the group’s official Facebook page on Monday (November 16th), later adding all the details of the large tour on their website.
Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison (l-r)
“Just when you thought you were safe, America, we’re back,” Maines says in a short video clip from the band. “It’s been 10 years since we toured the U.S.” Maguire continues, before Robison ends “there’s no telling what will happen this time.”
The American leg of the DCX MMXVI World Tour will kick off on June 1st in Cincinnati, taking in 42 dates before wrapping in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on October 10th. It's not yet been announced whether the trio have made any new music to showcase on the tour.
The Dixie Chicks have always been one of the more popular crossover acts to have emerged from the country and western scene, but when they were last around they were the subject of an intense furore from their fanbase after they criticised then-President George W. Bush’s foreign policy during a gig in England in 2003. A boycott of their music was organised, which affected the chart performance of a number of their singles, before Maines apologised for her remarks.
Since their last world tour ended, the group has been engaged in various solo projects, but have sporadically reunited for special touring purposes. A support slot on The Eagles’ reformation tour in 2010 covered the US, and they undertook a small Canadian tour in 2013, but when it kicks off it will be first headline tour to take in America in exactly ten years.