After shying away from touring in their home country for a decade, the Dixie Chicks are gearing up for what may be one of the biggest tours of their career.
Back in November, band members Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Robison announced a massive North American tour that will kick off in June 2016. It will be their first set of dates in their native country since 2006's Accidents & Accusations tour, which was plagued by poor ticket sales.
The group's longtime manager Simon Renshaw told Billboard that "ticket sales have been ridiculous." All three of the Chicks' tour dates in their home state of Texas sold out in minutes, and a second date was added in Minneapolis after the first instantly sold out.
"I felt very confident in the tour, and that our core fans would be there early on and from the beginning," Renshaw explains. "Chicks shows have always been really powerful, great fun, they're one of the great live bands, and getting people to see that is really important, especially trying to reach a new audiences and a new generation out there."
Renshaw partially credits the affordable ticket prices, which begin at $35, for the huge amount of ticket sales. "We felt that maybe by doing it in the amphitheaters we could make it more affordable. This is not just about going back and playing for the old fans, it's about reaching new fans."