Dixie Chix tix nixed?

154650__dixie_lSeems like yesterday I posted a slightly triumphal entry on the Dixie Chicks’ resurgence, with the assumption (shared by many in the media) that "middle America" (whatever that is) had welcomed the Chicks back to the nest after The Great Unpleasantness of ’03.

It seems that I (and others like me) may have spoken too soon. While their album continues atop the charts (despite the end of their media campaign), something funny’s happening with the tour. Shows in St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and Memphis have been pulled. Other shows are being added… but mostly outside U.S. borders. The schedule is being "reshuffled," and nothing’s certain yet. But something is clearly up.

Buying an album is one thing; attending a concert is another. As our very own message boards seem to indicate, the wounds have not healed. What gives, America? You not ready to make nice, either?

That’s why I’m offering my office as neutral ground where America and the Dixie Chicks can sit down and iron out their differences. I’ve got a Nerf football, a talking Travolta doll, and a bunch of delivery menus. We’ll have everything ironed out in no time. Let’s settle this like adults. We’ve all seen The Sopranos. Nobody wants a war. I mean, unless we do. I’m not taking sides here.

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  • H

    I love the Chicks and hate the rednecks who hate them. But I cannot afford to go to a concert — even if it would be nice to show my support and make a political statement.

  • S.Shortcake

    I’m with H. Too broke now to buy tickets. Those shows you mentioned, seems to be a pattern on the locales.

  • Ed

    you’re right, album sales are one but ticket sales speak volumes! Although they sold more than 500 thousand copies the first week, I doubt they’ll crack 1 mill.
    As I said before, the Dixie Chicks got what they deserved. When your fan base is mostly republican, you don’t bash their president.

  • Josh

    Apparently there was a bit of controversy here in northern Iowa because of a song’s reference to Buddy Holly that many disliked (Holly’s plane crashed in northern Iowa). Ridiculous. I’m not much of a country music fan in general, but I’m glad that my friends and sister who are have continued to support the Chicks.

  • C

    I heard this story on the radio today. Someone asked Michael Jordan who is a big Democrat why he doesn’t speak out publicly more for the left. he answered very simply, Republicans buy Nike’s too.
    If a celebrity wants to use their very public soapbox to speak out then they have to risk the chance that they will upset people who don’t agree with them.
    I know for L.A Hollywood types “tiffs” come and go on a nightly basis, but real Americans take their politics and their opinions serious.
    We don’t forget. Time may have passed, and yes the Dixie Chicks may have a new album to sell, but people still remember.
    This is why I always say, let the talking heads talk, let the singers sing, let the entertainers do just that. Stick to entertaining.

  • me

    I think in the states where the freedom of speech is held so dear (people protesting funerals!) everyone is entitled to their opinion. Mine is simple Bush is a joke he fluked is way in both times and he is merley a puppet.

  • Lacey

    The chicks are heros in my opnion, a lot of americans still treat women like children, seen but shouldn’t be heard espically in country music. I’m behind them 100%. I also can’t afford to go to a concert.

  • Helms

    The majority of Americans today have learned at least one thing: The Dixie Chicks were right 3 years ago. The apology should be the other way around.

  • djm

    After having just forked over $120 for a Madonna concert ticket (and that was one of the CHEAP tickets), I can’t afford to see the Chicks either. Add to it the cost of gas, food, a baby sitter (for those w/kids), and it all adds up. My theory (besides the cost) is that the cd hasn’t been out long enough yet to get people to buy concert tickets. Madonna released her last cd in 2005 and didn’t start touring until May of 2006 – it gave people a chance to get to know the material prior to spending the money for the live show (although truth be told I probably would have gone regardless – I hadn’t seen her live before and honey, we are both gettin old – this may have been my last chance). I think it was time for the Chicks to leave those country folks behind anyways – they have always been way better smarter and complicated than their core audience. It might take some time for them to develop as big a pop audience as their country one, but if any band can do it it’s them.

  • Mario

    I know for L.A Hollywood types “tiffs” come and go on a nightly basis, but real Americans take their politics and their opinions serious.
    We don’t forget. Time may have passed, and yes the Dixie Chicks may have a new album to sell, but people still remember.
    This is why I always say, let the talking heads talk, let the singers sing, let the entertainers do just that. Stick to entertaining.
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    Real Americans should take their liberties and rights seriously; I applaud the Dixie Chicks for having bigger balls than most of the democrats, republicans and other so called “americans” because at least they weren’t/aren’t afraid to speak against corruption, lies and deceit which the current government is seething with.
    If by your ignorant logic we let only the talking heads do the talking, we’d all be living in far worse conditions that we are now. It’s the job of EVERY american – singer, entertainer, actor, laborer, etc.. to stand up to injustice, corruption, and anything that goes against the American way of life. Whatever happened to truth, justice and the American way? Oh, that’s right.. it’s now owned by big Pharma, Big Oil, and corporate america who have hijaked our nation. Luckily, there are people out there who still have hope, who aren’t afraid to speak up/out, and who believe that we can take our country back from the culture of corruption.
    What an ignorant tool you are.

  • KS

    Listening to a CD with songs that are critical of the administration is one thing; it is another to pay for a concert and listen to an extemporaneous (or rehearsed) lecture by one of the Chicks. They’re great musicians, but they aren’t especially articulate or well informed.

  • ger

    They don’t play Vancouver until November, and all that’s left are obstructed view tickets. Same for Calgary. They added an Edmonton show, and had to add an extra show in Toronto because of demand. I think the Chicks are going to be OK …

  • D. Trapp

    I never liked the Dixie Sluts anyway, so their concerts being pulled doesn’t bother me one bit.

  • d.c.

    They are NOT making nice.. they are as insulting as ever! These play dates are not all in the south, it’s all over. Frankly they can kiss their careers goodbye unless they go to parts of evil Europe, Africa, Asia, or some other thug ruled, dictatorships..

  • Karin

    Dixie Chicks are definitely heroes. I bought their CD even though I don’t like country music, just to support them. With all the raving lunatics in the red states I’m not surprised people are afraid to show up at their concerts even if they like them. They might end up getting bombed by more home grown terrorists like Tim McVeigh.

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