Dixie Chicks Announce Tour Dates

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