Ten years have passed since Natalie Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire stood on a stage as headliners in North Texas.
On Aug. 5, 2016, when the reunited trio’s world tour brings them to Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion, they’ll make their first local appearance since their Dec. 5, 2006, gig at American Airlines Center, the final date of their “Accidents & Accusations” tour, conducted in the heat of their controversial comment about then-President George W. Bush.
Tickets, ranging in price from $42 to $136, for the 2016 date go on sale at noon Saturday for the general public. (There are a series of pre-sales up to that point.)
The Dixie Chicks U.S. tour has been anticipated for some time, as the group has performed spot dates throughout the world over the last couple years. Separately, Maines, Robison and Maguire have kept a hand in music through solo careers — Maines released her solo debut in 2013, while Robison and Maguire formed Court Yard Hounds and released a pair of albums — but the Grammy-winning country act was never far from fans’ minds.
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“The band’s still together, we’re more just playing live,” Maines told me in 2013. “It’s hard with eight kids between the three of us and living in different cities. Musically, I do think it’s time for me to do this [Mother]. Maybe in some way it will lead me back to being able to do country music again. It’s not a genre of music that excites me at the moment, so it’s kind of hard to see us making a record.”
So, for now, fans will have to make do with the extensive “MMXVI” world tour, which kicks off April 16 in Antwerp, Belgium, and arrives in the States June 1, in Cincinnati, Ohio.