NEW YORK – People shouldn't expect to hear anymore apologies from the Dixie Chicks.
The country trio's manager, Simon Renshaw, tells Radio and Records that lead singer Natalie Maines has released two strongly worded statements and that right now, he doesn't think she can win.
"If she goes on microphone and apologizes, they'll say she doesn't sound contrite enough," he said.
Maines reportedly told a London audience earlier this month, in reference to President Bush's push for military action against Iraq, that she was ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas. She later apologized, saying her remark was disrespectful.
Meanwhile, radio talk show host Mike Gallagher says he's close to booking Charlie Daniels to perform at an alternative concert to the Dixie Chicks' show in Greenville, S.C., on May 1.
Also on Gallagher's wish list of performers are Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Darryl Worley and Garth Brooks, according to Radio and Records.
Gallagher says all of the proceeds will help provide food and personal care items to the families of military personnel. He's also holding a block of free VIP seats and a backstage reception for Dixie Chicks ticket-holders, because he says the Chicks' promoters are not offering refunds.
Asked for his reaction to Gallagher's plans, Renshaw said it will be fantastic to see who he gets to play.
"If he thinks there should be a counter-show, I wish him good luck."
The group may need it, especially now that they have reportedly also ruffled the feathers of animal activists at PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
MSNBC reports Maines and fellow members Martie Maguire and Emily Robison posed in a field of flowers for one of PETA's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" ads. They were wearing strategically placed instruments.
MSNBC says the group's management heard about PETA's plan and killed the ad.