The Dixie Chicks will hit the road for the first time in four years this summer when they team up with Eagles and Keith Urban for a co-headlining stadium trek. Urban will miss the tour's opening show June 8th in Toronto, but will join the tour when it swings south to East Rutherford, New Jersey's New Meadowlands Stadium on June 10th. So far, only eight June dates have been announced. For ticket information, check out Dixie Chicks' official site.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, the Chicks' Emily Robison and Martie Maguire recently unveiled a side project called Court Yard Hounds while waiting for singer Natalie Maines to return to the Dixie fold. "Emily and I had the itch," Maguire says, "and every time we'd call Natalie and say 'are you ready?' she wasn't ready. She wanted a clear-cut break." Robison and Maguire reiterated in January that the Dixie Chicks weren't disbanding.
Court Yard Hounds will make their live debut at this year's SXSW festival — including a gig at Rolling Stone's first-ever SXSW showcase at Austin's the Palm Door — and release their self-titled debut album in May. The Hounds will also spend some days on the Lilith Fair bill this summer.
Dixie Chicks/Eagles/Keith Urban
June 8 - Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre*
June 10 - East Rutherford, NJ @ New Meadowlands Stadium
June 12 - Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
June 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Ball Park
June 15 - Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
June 19 - Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
June 22 - Winnipeg, MB @ Canad Inns Stadium*
June 24 - St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium*
(* Keith Urban not on bill)