Dixie Chicks Announce Top of the World Tour

Not deterred by New York City's snowstorm, the Dixie Chicks held a late afternoon press conference February 20 at Central Park's boathouse to announce the launch of their first world tour in three years. The tour kicks off March 10 in London and winds down September 22 in Paris.

Sponsored by Lipton, the Chicks will perform in about 60 arenas in North America, May 1-August 4. Australian dates have not been confirmed yet. Tour sponsorship was brokered by Aaron Walton Entertainment.

“It takes the time off from touring to get you ready to go back on the road,” admitted Emily Robison. “We’re hungry to get back out there, and we are all prepared and looking forward to that aspect of our career – being back on stage and doing live shows in front of thousands of people.”

For the first time, they will use an in-the-round stage configuration.

“Our goal is to eliminate that typical audience-performer barrier and to be able to practically reach out and touch our fans," Natalie Maines explained about the in-the-round setup. "To be separate and far off is not what this music is about.

"We wanted to play the Grand Old Opry and Ryman Auditorium every night but our business manager turned it down," she added.

When asked about why they chose arenas over sheds, Robison replied, "It was due to the sound. Our tech people said people on the lawn wouldn't get the best sound and acoustic numbers sound better indoors."

Maines added, "We plan for a grandiose show and the lights and sets would be better indoors."

Opening acts include Joan Osbourne, who will open the first half of the tour, Michelle Branch the second half.

"We chose Michelle Branch as an opening act because she has a different, yet same audience and we always want to expose our audience to someone new," said Robison.

All North American shows, with a few exceptions, will go on sale March 1 at 10AM (local time) through Ticketmaster.

Their 2000 Fly Tour grossed over $47 million in ticket sales and indisputably established the band as superstar headliners with universal appeal.

Dixie Chicks 2003 world tour itinerary:

March 10

ENG London

Shepherd’s Bush Empire

March 19

GER Munich

Elsehalle

May 1

SC Greenville

Bi Lo Center

May 3

FL Orlando

TD Waterhouse Centre

May 4

FL Ft. Lauderdale

Office Depot Center

May 5

FL Tampa

St. Pete Times Forum

May 7

TN Knoxville

Thompson-Bowling Arena

May 9

IN Indianapolis

Conseco Fieldhouse

May 10

MO Kansas City

Kemper Arena

May 11

MO St. Louis

Savvis Center

May 13

IA Ames

Hilton Coliseum

May 14

IL Moline

Mark of the Quad Cities

May 16

AL Birmingham

BJCC Arena

May 17

NC Greensboro

Greensboro Coliseum

May 18

KY Louisville

Freedom Hall

May 20

OK Oklahoma City

The Ford Center

May 21

TX Austin

Frank Erwin Center

May 29-30

IL Chicago

United Center

June 1

OH Cleveland

Gund Arena

June 2

MI Auburn Hills
Palace At Auburn Hills

June 5

WI Milwaukee

Bradley Center

June 6-7

MN St. Paul
Xcel Energy Center

June 9

OH Cincinnati

US Bank Arena

June 10

OH Columbus

Nationwide Arena

June 12

ON Toronto

Air Canada Centre

June 13

NY Buffalo

HSBC Arena

June 14

PA Pittsburgh

Mellon Arena

June 16

TBA

June 17

PA Philadelphia

First Union Center

June 19

MA Boston

Fleet Center

June 20

NY New York

Madison Square Garden

June 23

NY Uniondale

Nassau Veterans Arena

June 25

DC Washington

MCI Center

June 27

NJ Atlantic City

Boardwalk Hall

July 6

TX Dallas
American Airlines Center

July 8

CO Denver

Pepsi Center

July 9

UT Salt Lake City

Delta Center

July 11

BC Vancouver

GM Place

July 12

WA Seattle

Key Arena

July 13

OR Portland

Rose Garden Arena

July 15

CA Oakland

Oakland Arena

July 16

CA San Jose

HP Pavilion

July 17

CA Sacramento

ARCO Arena

July 19

CA Los Angeles

Staples Center

July 20

CA Anaheim

Arrowhead Pond

July 23

CA San Diego

Cox Arena

July 25

AZ Phoenix

America West Arena

July 27

NV Las Vegas

MGM/Mandalay Bay

July 29

TX San Antonio

SBC Center

July 30

TX Houston

Compaq Center

August 1

AR Little Rock

Alltel Center

August 2

TN Memphis

The Pyramid Arena

August 3

GA Atlanta

Philips Arena

August 4

TN Nashville
Gaylord Entertainment Center

September 8

IRE Dublin

Olympia Theater

September 10

ENG Birmingham

NIA Academy

September 11

ENG Manchester

Apollo

September 12

SCO Glasgow

Clyde Auditorium

September 14-15

ENG London

Royal Albert Hall

September 17

GER Berlin, Germany
Columbiahalle

September 18

GER Hamburg

TBA

September 19

NET Amsterdam

Manheim Music Hall

September 21

GER Cologne

TBA

September 22

FRA Paris

Casino de Paris

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