Eager music lovers snapped up tickets to Dixie Chicks’ first Melbourne show in record time, with the band’s April Fools Day Rod Laver Arena show completely selling out within fifteen minutes, making it the fastest-selling Dixie Chicks show in Australia ever.
Returning in 2017 for the first time in more than ten years, the Dixie Chicks are ready and rearing to blow audiences away with their epic MMXVII World Tour, which has been making waves across Europe and North America this year.
Of Dixie Chick’s recent Hollywood Bowl show, the LA Times noted the band’s “… palpable sense of joy and gratitude, looking and sounding radiant, untouched by time, their harmony-rich vocals and precision musicianship intact.” While the UK Telegraph noted, “… the triumphant trio proved the power lies in their musicianship, not notoriety, and their talents remain as rich and fierce as ever.”
(Ed: I went in search of a concert outside of the US, as I figured it would possibly invite less inhibited comment from the stage on the political climate back home… as below by Rob Feller)
Let’s get the political stuff out of the way first before we get into the spectacular music. The Chicks, comprised of singer Natalie Maines, guitarist Emily Robison, and violinist Martie Maguire, didn’t call anybody out by name on Thursday but instead let the giant video screens behind them do the talking. Various presidential candidates were portrayed as bumbling cartoons during ‘Ready To Run’, while a defaced photo of former reality-show host Donald Trump appeared onscreen during ‘Goodbye Earl’ (complete with devilish horns and an evil goatee). Brave? Try balls-y.
The Chicks have never been content to just “shut up and sing.” The events of 2003 seem like forever ago, but it simply wouldn’t be a Dixie Chicks review without a mention of that one sentence that changed country music and pop culture irrevocably.
America was just about to head into Iraq, and Maines, on behalf of the group, told fans at a London concert that “we do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
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