Tuesday, July 15, 2003
Before March, the Dixie Chicks were the biggest thing in country since sliced Cyrus -- but then lead singer Natalie Maines blabbed onstage about being ashamed to share a home state with the Prez. Country fans responded immediately, slagging the group on right-wing talk shows and burning (well, melting) Chicks records and CDs. Though Maines immediately ate crow in any number of subsequent interviews, perkily affirming her love for God, country, Bush, andhis war in Iraq, the band is still personae non grata in C&W circles. Anti-Bush liberals, however, are suddenly a lot more interested in what the Chicks have to say, both on and offstage. See for yourself what all the fuss is about when the group's Top of the World Tour reaches Oakland tonight. Rootsy pop rocker Michelle Branch opens. The show starts at 7:30 at the Oakland—Alameda County Arena (formerly the Arena at Oakland), 7000 Coliseum Way (at I-880 & 66th Ave), Oakland. Tickets are $35-65; call 510-569-2121 or visit www.coliseum.com.