It was March of 2003. The Dixie Chicks were at the top of their game with hits like “There’s Your Trouble,” “Wide Open Spaces,” “Fly” and “Goodbye Earl.” We were on the cusp of invading Iraq, and the lady trio was playing in London. What happened at that show would derail the trio, and result in a backlash that many scratched their heads over.
It’s been over a dozen years since then. The Dixie Chicks won a GRAMMY for “Not Ready to Make Nice,” an in your face mantra basically telling those who took them off the airwaves and burned CD’s to shove it. The girls have been playing Europe for several months and have just announced they’re coming stateside with their MMXVI Tour, and we couldn’t be more excited.
It’s true. When the entire debacle occurred, I was at a more naive age. I just couldn’t understand what was so darn bad about what Natalie Maines, Dixie Chicks front woman had said. Sure, some may disagree who felt strongly that we should head overseas and fight, but it certainly, in my opinion, didn’t warrant CD burning parties or death threats to the DJs who dared play the chicks’ records.
So, I wonder. Do any of you who still hold a grudge even know what was said? Heck, do any of you who were so hell bent on fighting for your rights to not hear the hell raiser’s music even really know? The comments online made it appear that they threatened death or war on our President. That they were against our military and worse…
Allow me to enlighten you:
“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
Yes my friends… That was all that was said. They disagreed with the war (which time would prove that most of America would eventually disagree with that war for one reason or another.) They were ashamed that the man who couldn’t pronounce the type of weapon (nuclear) he was searching for in Iraq was from their home state.
It makes me wonder how SNL stays on the air after the teasing and remarks made about our world leaders….
That all being said and rehashed, The Dixie Chicks’ fate will be determined on Saturday when their US leg of their Wold Tour go on sale. If pre-sales are any indicators, the shows will sell-out in minutes. A few radio stations have started playing The Dixie Chicks again, and the backlash they use to fear is now absent. Either people are over it. Or the ones who once held a grudge now are suddenly less offended than they use to be.
Either way, I just spent the most money on a single concert ticket than I have ever spent before after joining the fanclub for the chance at presale tickets. I will be singing at the top of my lungs at the Nashville stop, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve waited my entire life to see The Dixie Chicks live, aside from the few songs I heard them sing back in their pre-record deal day at Centennial Park, and I’m ready for everyone to ‘make nice’ and listen to one helluva talented group. I can’t wait to hear some good ole’ country music again from the days before bare foot pick-up dancin’ was so damn popular.