Published May 19, 2006
| Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Dixie Chicks are launching a 43-city North American tour in July to promote their new album, "Taking the Long Way."
The first show will be July 21 in Detroit, and the tour is scheduled to wrap up on Nov. 11 in Tacoma, Wash., the group announced Thursday. Stops include New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta and Toronto.
The Chicks are teaming up with Target stores and MSN to promote the tour.
The Columbia label CD goes on sale May 23, and fans who buy it from Target stores will get a passcode to buy four concert tickets before general sales begin in early June.
All tour information is being posted on MSN, which also will offer a behind-the-scenes look and a Webcast at http://dixiechicks.msn.com of the Dixie Chicks' June 15 London concert.
The trio of lead singer Natalie Maines, banjo and guitar player Emily Robison and fiddle and mandolin player Martie Maguire had several hits, including "Wide Open Spaces" "There's Your Trouble" and "Landslide," from their first three albums.
But their music was boycotted by some U.S. radio stations after Maines told a London audience on the eve of the war in Iraq that the group was "ashamed" the president was from their home state of Texas.
The single "Not Ready to Make Nice" has been getting country-radio airplay and was listed at No. 50 on this week's Billboard chart after peaking at 36.
The Dixie Chicks tour dates are:
21: Detroit, Joe Louis Arena
22: Pittsburgh, Mellon Arena
23: Columbus, Ohio, Schottenstein Center
25: Philadelphia, Wachovia Center
28: Albany, N.Y., Pepsi Arena
29: Boston, Banknorth Garden
1: New York, Madison Square Garden
4: Washington, Verizon Center
13: Milwaukee, Bradley Center
15: Chicago, The United Center
18: Minneapolis, Target Center
20: Kansas City, Mo., Kemper Arena
22: St. Louis, Savvis Center
23: Indianapolis, Conseco Fieldhouse
24: Des Moines, Iowa, Wells Fargo Arena
26 Fargo, N.D., Fargodome
3: Phoenix, Glendale Arena
6: Fresno, Calif., SaveMart Center
8 Sacramento, Calif., ARCO Arena
9: Oakland, Calif., Oakland Arena
14: Los Angeles, STAPLES Center
16: Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay
23: Omaha, Neb., Qwest Center
24: Denver, Pepsi Center
26: Oklahoma City, Ford Center
27: Memphis, Tenn., FedEx Forum
29: Dallas, American Airlines Center
30: Houston, Toyota Arena
1: Austin, Texas, Frank Irwin Center
3: Nashville, Tenn., Gaylord Entertainment Center
5: Tampa, Fla., St. Pete Times Forum
6: Jacksonville, Fla., Veterans Memorial Arena
7: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., BankAtlantic Center
17: Atlanta, Phillips Arena
20: Knoxville, Thompson-Boling Arena
22: Greensboro, N.C., Greensboro Coliseum
27: Ottawa, Scotiabank Place
28: Toronto, Air Canada Centre
4: Edmonton, Alberta, Rexall Place
5: Calgary, Alberta, Saddledome
8: Vancouver, British Columbia, GM Place
9: Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
11: Tacoma, Wash., Tacoma Dome