Dixie Chicks "Accidents & Accusations" world tour
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Dixie Chicks "Accidents & Accusations" world tour

Thursday, May 18, 2006 – The Dixie Chicks will hit the road in July for a world tour, The Accidents & Accusations Tour, playing to support their new CD, "Taking the Long Way," out next Tuesday.

The concerts kick off July 21st in Detroit and will run through early November.

Lead singer Natalie Maines said the show will be "more of an old-style rock show, not so much about theatrics and props but just about the music." She also notes "to rock out, we used to have to pull out a cover tune, so it's nice to have your own songs to fill that part of the set."

The Chicks, who face an uncertain response from the country market following Maines' negative comment about President Bush in London t here years ago.

"The last tour we only had two little kids, this time it's seven under the age of six," said Emily Robison.

"Our entourage just consists of nannies," adds sister and band mate Martie Maguire.

All North American dates will be promoted by AEG Live, with the exception markets of Minneapolis and Chicago that will be promoted by Jam Productions, and Sacramento and Oakland that will be promoted by Another Planet.

The Chicks recently have been rehearsing with their touring band: David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp) reprises his 2003 role as leader of the Dixie Chicks band which this time features returning acoustic guitarist Keith Sewell, (Ricky Skaggs), Wallflowers drummer Fred Eltringham, Black Crowes/Chris Robinson guitarist Audley Freed, west coast keyboard studio player Larry Knechtel (Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & Papas, Beach Boys) former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, pedal steel player Pete Finney (Doug Sahm, Alison Moorer), Rod Stewart violinist Janna Jacoby and cellist John Krovoza.

Before the North American tour kicks off, the Chicks will perform two concerts in London as part of their promotional activities for the June 12 international release of their new album. The first show, on June 15 at Shepherd's Bush Empire, is where Maines made her anti-Bush comment. The Dixie Chicks have also been added as special guests to The Eagles' June 17 show at Twickenham Stadium.

Tickets for all North American shows will go on sale over the first two weeks of June through normal ticketing outlets. Fans who purchase the band's new CD at Target stores in the U.S. beginning May 23 will be given a password for a special online presale purchase for up to four tickets for most shows on the tour.

Tour dates are:

July 21DetroitJoe Louis Arena
July 22PittsburghMellon Arena
July 23Columbus, OHSchottenstein Center
July 25PhiladelphiaWachovia Center
July 28Albany, NYPepsi Arena
July 29BostonTD Banknorth Garden (Fleet Center)
Aug. 1New YorkMadison Square Garden
Aug. 4Washington, DCVerizon Center
Aug. 13MilwaukeeBradley Center
Aug. 15ChicagoUnited Center
Aug. 18MinneapolisTarget Center
Aug. 20Kansas City, Mo.Kemper Arena
Aug. 22Saint LouisSavvis Center
Aug. 23IndianapolisConseco Fieldhouse
Aug. 24Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
Aug. 26Fargo, N.D.Fargodome
Sept. 3Glendale, Ariz.Glendale Arena
Sept. 6Fresno, Cal.Save Mart Center
Sept. 8SacramentoARCO Arena
Sept. 9Oakland, Cal.Oakland Arena
Sept. 14Los AngelesStaples Center
Sept. 16Las VegasMandalay Bay Events Center
Sept. 23OmahaQwest Center Omaha
Sept. 24DenverPepsi Center
Sept. 26Oklahoma City, OKThe Ford Center
Sept. 27MemphisFedExForum
Sept. 29DallasAmerican Airlines Center
Sept. 30HoustonToyota Center
Oct. 1AustinFrank Erwin Center
Oct. 3NashvilleGaylord Entertainment Center
Oct. 5Tampa, Fl.St. Pete Times Forum
Oct. 6Jacksonville, Fl.Jacksonville Veterans Mem. Arena
Oct. 7Sunrise, Fl.BankAtlantic Center
Oct. 17AtlantaPhilips Arena
Oct. 20Knoxville, TNThompson-Boling Arena
Oct. 22Greensboro, NCGreensboro Coliseum
Oct. 27Ottawa, ONScotiabank Place
Oct. 28Toronto, ONAir Canada Centre
Nov. 04Edmonton, ABRexall Place
Nov. 05Calgary, ABPengrowth Saddledome
Nov. 8 Vancouver, BCGeneral Motors Place
Nov. 9 Portland, ORRose Garden Arena
Nov. 11Tacoma, WATacoma Dome

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