Dixie Chicks Return To Concert Trail

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — After a three year absence, the Dixie Chicks return to the touring circuit with their 2006 "The Accidents & Accusations Tour in support of their new CD, Taking The Long Way. The 43-date North American leg kicks off July 21 in Detroit and runs through November 11.

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

Tickets go on sale during the first two weeks of June through normal ticketing outlets. However, fans who purchase the band’s new Taking The Long Way 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.

A touring band will enhance the trio's sound. Austin guitarist David Grissom (Joe Ely, John Mellencamp) reprises his 2003 role as leader of the Dixie Chicks band, which this time features returning acoustic guitarist extraordinaire Keith Sewell, (Ricky Skaggs), as well as drummer Fred Eltringham (Wallflowers), guitarist Audley Freed (Black Crowes/Chris Robinson), West Coast keyboard studio musician Larry Knechtel (Simon & Garfunkel, Mamas & Papas, Beach Boys), former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, pedal steel player Pete Finney (Doug Sahm, Alison Moorer), violinist Janna Jacoby (Rod Stewart) and cellist John Krovoza.

Prior to their North American tour, the Chicks will perform two concerts in London as part of their promotional activities for the June 12 international release of their album. Their first concert will be June 15 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, the so-called “scene of the crime” of lead singer Natalie Maines’ infamous words. They will also appear as special guests at The Eagles’ June 17 show at Twickenham Stadium.

In addition, the Dixie Chicks have signed an exclusive two-year deal with MSN, which will provide fans worldwide with information on the band’s new album and tour at www.dixiechicks.msn.com. MSN will also host a premiere of the album in its entirety on May 22 and plans to web cast an exclusive on-demand stream of the group's June 15 London concert.

Dixie Chicks "Accidents and Accusations Tour:

21-Jul
Detroit, MI
Joe Louis Arena

22-Jul
Pittsburgh, PA
Mellon Arena

23-Jul
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

25-Jul
Philadelphia, PA
Wachovia Center

28-Jul
Albany, NY
Pepsi Arena

29-Jul
Boston, MA
Banknorth Garden

1-Aug
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

4-Aug
Washington, DC
Verizon Center

13-Aug
Milwaukee, WI
Bradley Center

15-Aug
Chicago, IL
The United Center

18-Aug
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center

20-Aug
Kansas City, MO
Kemper Arena

22-Aug
St. Louis, MO
Savvis Center

23-Aug
Indianapolis, IN
Conseco Fieldhouse

24-Aug
Des Moines, IA
Wells Fargo Arena

26-Aug
Fargo, ND
Fargodome

3-Sep
Phoenix, AZ
Glendale Arena

6-Sep
Fresno, CA
SaveMart Center

8-Sep
Sacramento, CA
ARCO Arena

9-Sep
Oakland, CA
Oakland Arena

14-Sep
Los Angeles, CA
STAPLES Center

16-Sep
Las Vegas, NV
Mandalay Bay

23-Sep
Omaha, NE
Qwest Center

24-Sep
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

26-Sep
Oklahoma City, OK
Ford Center

27-Sep
Memphis, TN
FedEx Forum

29-Sep
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

30-Sep
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

1-Oct
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

3-Oct
Nashville, TN
Gaylord Entertainment Center

5-Oct
Tampa, FL
St. Pete Times Forum

6-Oct
Jacksonville, FL
Veterans Memorial Arena

7-Oct
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BankAtlantic Center

17-Oct
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena

20-Oct
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena

22-Oct
Greensboro, NC
Greensboro Coliseum

27-Oct
Ottawa, Ontario
Scotiabank Place

28-Oct
Toronto, Ontario
Air Canada Centre

4-Nov
Edmonton, Alberta
Rexall Place

5-Nov
Calgary, Alberta
Saddledome

8-Nov
Vancouver, BC
GM Place

9-Nov
Portland, OR
Rose Garden

11-Nov
Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Dome

— Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

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