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Friday, June 09, 2006

"Ditzy Chicks" not selling well

It appears that many Americans don't want to hear the anti-Bush Dixie Chicks anymore... but we lefty Canucks just love'em...
"Basically, they're having to rethink the entire tour at this point," Bongiovanni told Reuters. "Clearly their problems seem to be strongest in the red states," he said, referring to those areas carried by Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

Still, ticket sales were strong in cities such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Toronto, where a second October show was added to the schedule after the first concert quickly sold out, he said.
Interesting... areas that have stong lefty contingents are selling well, while right leaning locals are getting canned due to low numbers. Weird how that happens...

But you gotta love that statement about our good old nutty and ravenously anti-Bush city of Toronto... sold out show, with a second concert booked. Forget "Toronto the Good", try "Toronto the Red". (or "Toronto the Blue", for those of you living in the U.S. of A.)


  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 12:43:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger jdave34 said…

    Actually, the Dixie Chicks situation is interesting:

    With almost zero airplay from Country radio, their album is still selling in huge numbers (no 1, 2 weeks in a row)

    The ticket sales pose an interesting question. The Chicks still sell well, but nobody wants to go see them. What's the reason? Afraid of being seen supporting them? Ticket prices too high?

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 12:44:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Blake said…

    Their last album went platinum down south shortly after its release, so I think the Dixie Chicks are doing just fine in the US.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:11:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Mike in Manotick said…

    Hmmmm .. lets see. Their supporters state they are doing extremely well. However, the CNN link provided by CC proves differently. has the following tour dates for the band .. so stating that they are selling well in Boston, New York, Philly and TO is a MOOT POINT.

    What about these places (listed below) where the CNN report has 5-6000 seat sales??? It's not like they're only playing a few dates.

    July 2006
    21 - Detroit, MI - Joe Louis Arena
    22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
    23 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
    25 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
    28 - Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena
    29 - Boston, MA - Banknorth Garden

    August 2006
    1 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
    4 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center
    13 - Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center
    15 - Chicago, IL - United Center
    18 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center
    20 - Kansas City, MO - Kemper Arena
    22- St. Louis, MO - Savvis Center
    23 - Indianapolis, IN - Conseco Fieldhouse
    24 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena
    26 - Fargo, ND - Fargodome

    September 2006
    3 - Glendale, AZ - Glendale Arena
    6 - Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
    8 - Sacramento, CA - ARCO Arena
    9 - Oakland, CA - Oakland Arena
    14 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center
    16 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay
    23 - Omaha, NE - Qwest Center
    24 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
    26 - Oklahoma City, OK - Ford Center
    27 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
    29 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
    30 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center

    October 2006
    1 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
    3 - Nashville, TN - Gaylord Entertainment Center
    5 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum
    6 - Jacksonville, FL - Veterans Memorial Arena
    7 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - BankAtlantic Center
    17 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
    20 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
    22 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
    27 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
    28 - Toronto, Ontario - Air Canada Centre

    November 2006
    4 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
    5 - Calgary, Alberta - Saddledome
    8 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place
    9 - Portland, OR - Rose Garden
    11 - Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Dome

    Sorry for the long cut/paste. Just trying to prove the magnatude of the voters dollars!!

    Mike in Manotick (MiM)

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:22:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Margo Pego said…

    I love the Dixie Chicks! I think that it's a shame that they & others in the States aren't really free to say what they think without censure. Whatever happened to the Fifth Ammendment down there that guarantees all Americans the right to say what they want, even if it's not exactly an Americanism. Some people down there worship their country - I seriously think that Americanism is a religion with some people! - & they think that anything said against their homeland is blasphemy. The only blasphemy is anything said contrary to the Word of God, & nowhere in the Bible does it say anything about holding up your country as sacred.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:29:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous heather fitz said…

    From someone who's actually seen them live, let me just say this. They were only mildly entertaining the one time I saw them (the third and final Lilith Fair in Toronto), and in their 5 song playlist I got really bored of them. Maybe that's why their not selling in the southern states, people are just sick of their music. It happens. And if they're not getting all that much radio play here, people might not be sick of their new stuff yet. (Course, I get bored of country music pretty quickly - I'm willing to own up to that.)

    Anyway, (yawn) there are more interesting artists than these 'Sin Wagon' girls. Try looking at Matt Good - a Canuck, and the fact that after he wrote his song Alert Status Red, parodying the panic in the US, he was banned on radio there, and not picked up again. And that's a shame considering the gritty and honest nature of some of his lyrics, and his musicality. (I've seen his live shows twice.)

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:36:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Blake said…


    Having freedom of expression does not guarantee freedom of consequences from expression. If I said in the media that I loved kicking puppies and shooting newborn kittens and announced a concert tour, I'd expect those statements might affect the sales. Probably more than the fact that I suck.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:41:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger jdave34 said…

    They'd sell more tickets if they had a pole on the stage. And a pervert's row section.

    Just sayin'...

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 01:54:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Trevor said…


    Why refer to them as "Ditzy Chicks?" Because they disapprove of the president or is their another reason? Seems like a cheap jab.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 02:15:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As Laura Ingraham said, "Shut up and sing".

    No one ever said the Dixie Chicks don't have freedom of speech. Of course they do. Just like the radio DJ's have the SAME freedom to call upon thier listeners to bring their Dixie Chicks CD's down to the radio station where they will be promptly chrushed under the steam roller. How's THAT for equality of rights? Bang on if you ask me.

    Too many people in the world today have based their hatred for Bush on baseless, cowardly horse $hit. He's a swaggering, uneducated Texan who speaks with a southern drawl. Hmmm, I think the Dixie Chicks have the same drawl. Uneducated? Actually during campaign '04 it was shown that Bush's IQ was actually slightly higher than the nuanced/metrosexual John Kerry. Lied about the war on terror? Hmmmm, I could quote the likes of Bill and Shrill Clinton and half of the DNC all calling for the immediate removal of Saddam, but hey, I'd only be proving my point.

    Bottom line, the left, that spectrum of society that professes goodwill, tolerence, sunshine and dasies are the exact opposite. Chronic pissers/moaners and the first to yell "not fair" when given a taste of their own medicine.

    You reap what you sow, Ditzies.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 02:22:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Actually, I'm not sure who came up with the "Ditzy Chicks" nick, but it wasn't me. But I like it. ;-)

    I used it because I don't like the way those in Hollywood or the music biz critize Bush... like Green Day's "American Idiot" album. Sure, you can disagree and state that you do so, but some of them have no tact at all. They just hate him, and tell the world they hate him.

    If they simply hated his polices, I could respect that. But their unrelenting personal hatred of the man is in and of itself deplorable, IMO.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 02:28:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger jdave34 said…


    brave words from a man who's afraid to attach a name to them.


    Have you listened to American Idiot by Green Day? The whole album? Read the lyric sheet? Or are you going by what you've heard?

    "If they simply hated his polices, I could respect that. But their unrelenting personal hatred of the man is in and of itself deplorable, IMO."

    Perhaps that hatred is based on the policies? And did you feel the same way about Bill Clinton? i seem to remember him getting ragged for all sorts of things that had nothing to do with policies...

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 03:14:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Road Hammer said…

    Buying a $15 album is one thing, but paying $100 to attend a political rally disguised as a concert is quite another.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 04:06:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Toronto Tory said…

    I always disliked the Dixie Chicks' music.

    I don't really care about their politics either way.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 05:07:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Justin... said…

    so much for the right and all their talk of 'freedom of speech'

    What a joke the right is.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 06:02:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    This is really insane. Just before the Iraq invasion the Dixie Chicks' lead singer said something like "We're embarassed our president is from Texas", and everyone freaked out. Who cares?? I can't believe that radio stations have banned their music, that people had their CDs bulldozed, and that Canadian bloggers gloat about poor thier ticket sales in red states. Unbelievable.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 06:09:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    "What a joke the right is."
    The parts that freak over Dixie Chicks, yes indeed.

    If you look at this situation rationally, what other conclusion can you draw? You've got to be incredibly partisan to even bother raising an eyebrow that some sassy all-girl country band made one comment about the president. And this is not just a case of being partisan, these people must also be defensive in the most extreme manner imaginable.

    It's really quite shocking, when you think about it.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 06:24:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    One more thing...

    "If they simply hated his polices, I could respect that. But their unrelenting personal hatred of the man is in and of itself deplorable, IMO."


    "Too many people in the world today have based their hatred for Bush on baseless, cowardly horse $hit."

    I don't think the Bush-apologists are hearing the criticisms. There's a reason so many people don't like the guy, and here it is:
    Aside from Israel, there was no popular support for the Iraq invasion in any country in the world. Noone, except for Bush supporters and those beating the war drum believed that there were WMDs in Iraq. Hans Bliz made it clear he wasn't close to finishing his work. Yet the US invaded anyway, with no plan for what to do after overcoming Saddam's forces.

    Hindsight is indeed 20/20, but in this case, foresight was as well. Critics of the war everywhere were repeating the same key things, leading up to the war:
    - there's no proof of any WMDs, and it looks like there won't be any for a while
    - winning the war will be easy -- winning the peace will be difficult, the US should be prepared

    Given that the two above points were so prevalent in the discussions around the war, the fact that things are where they are now really does give us cause to wonder what on earth is going on in the White House. And if you're a Bush supporter and can't see that, I feel sorry for your blind partisanship.

  • At Fri. Jun. 09, 11:29:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They should add Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Iran to their tour dates.


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