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Old 04-17-13, 11:44 PM   #51
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Re: What happened to the Dixie Chicks?

As much as I still love Natalie, it's definitely become a love/hate kind of thing by now.

I'm not sure Emily or Marti have done Stern more than the one time they all came together. It's Natalie that seems to have some kind of creepy love for Howard. It's rather unsettling just how much she talks about him, follows him, mentions him, etc.

I really assumed the Chicks would make another album soon, but after listening to her on her last Stern appearance, she sounded like she wanted to go out on top with the last album and the Grammy wins. She still seems very bitter about what country radio did to them and says the Chicks are still a band that would need country radio to have the success they used to have and she doesn't want to ever give them any power over her career again.

Seems rather selfish and shortsighted to me. But when she said she was basically "forced" into doing some shows with the Chicks in Canada this summer and didn't really push back much when Howard made some jokes about the Court Yard Hounds, it certainly seemed to me like Natalie didn't see any future for the Chicks ever.

If they do get back together in another 3-5 years, it won't be the same. I suppose everyone has the right to do what they want to do, but it seems very cowardly to just give up like she's done. If she said she was now afraid to perform with the band for fear of some crazy nut-job still looking to make a political point, I think I could and would understand that. But I don't think that has anything to do with why she feels like the Chicks are probably done.

I, personally, have only heard 2 tracks off the new album. I like the Pink Floyd cover better, but I think she sings Eddie's song about as well as any female could. Eddie gets so much emotion out of his voice without even having to do much that he's a really tough vocalist to cover, even for someone as talented as Natalie. I think I'd like the song more if I didn't already think Eddie did it so perfectly.

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Old 04-23-13, 01:45 PM   #52
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Re: What happened to the Dixie Chicks?

I was curious as to the Dixie Chicks shows here in Canada and why they were happening. Not sure how she is getting forced into them, but if I get a chance to catch one, I might.
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Old 04-23-13, 02:36 PM   #53
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Re: What happened to the Dixie Chicks?

She looks like a lesbian who looks like Justin Bieber.
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Old 04-23-13, 03:06 PM   #54
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Re: What happened to the Dixie Chicks?

I always found the lead singer to have a shrill, nasally, annoying as hell voice.
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Old 04-23-13, 07:12 PM   #55
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I always found the lead singer to have a shrill, nasally, annoying as hell voice.
A thousand times this. I never understood how anyone could "enjoy" listening to them.
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Old 04-23-13, 08:10 PM   #56
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I was curious as to the Dixie Chicks shows here in Canada and why they were happening. Not sure how she is getting forced into them, but if I get a chance to catch one, I might.
Unlike the US (at least in Natalie's mind), they are guaranteed to sell out big arenas in Canada. That's a nice little paycheck for Emily, Marti and even their manager. Natalie specifically said she "felt forced" and I assume they at least get along well enough where Natalie isn't going to say to no to all 3 of her closest friends for many, many years when it comes to getting everyone a nice, big wad of cash.

I don't think by forced that there's any contractual agreement, just that Natalie implied she would choose to pass on the guaranteed money and the other 3 voted the other way, so she's "forced" to do it in because of that.

Again, I think Natalie is pretty self-involved, love her voice and even her politics, but definitely think she comes across as being a b*tch, almost because she get's a kick out of it or making people think it about her. Kind of like her hero Howard Stern. But, I also think she's not so unhappy about "getting paid" for the shows up in the Great White North as she's publicly stated.
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Old 04-23-13, 10:14 PM   #57
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Re: What happened to the Dixie Chicks?

Good article all about the beginnings and endings of the band from Texas Monthly's March 2013 issue:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/tags/dixie-chicks
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Old 04-24-13, 09:11 PM   #58
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They have some good tunes. However, if I pay money to go to one of their concerts I don't want to hear about their political beliefs. Remember, you're being paid to entertain. It's supposed to be fun.

Way to many celebrities try to press their beliefs on people when they are not all that educated to begin with. For people like the Dixie Chicks, Tom Cruise, and a few others its kinda backfired.
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Old 04-25-13, 12:20 AM   #59
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They have some good tunes. However, if I pay money to go to one of their concerts I don't want to hear about their political beliefs. Remember, you're being paid to entertain. It's supposed to be fun.

Way to many celebrities try to press their beliefs on people when they are not all that educated to begin with. For people like the Dixie Chicks, Tom Cruise, and a few others its kinda backfired.
I always view it as I'm paying to experience the person/band, it's their stage and I'm here to see what they do. I don't care if you talk about politics or the hot girls in the crowd as long as I feel honesty.

I think the issue with the Dixie Chicks is that they became something way bigger than just the music, that political boulder fell on them and they will never get out from under it. Remember, the same thing kinda happened to The Beatles as well. John said that they were bigger than Jesus and the south exploded with hatred towards them. They did another tour and decided to stay in the studio.
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Old 04-25-13, 03:12 AM   #60
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I always view it as I'm paying to experience the person/band, it's their stage and I'm here to see what they do. I don't care if you talk about politics or the hot girls in the crowd as long as I feel honesty.

I think the issue with the Dixie Chicks is that they became something way bigger than just the music, that political boulder fell on them and they will never get out from under it. Remember, the same thing kinda happened to The Beatles as well. John said that they were bigger than Jesus and the south exploded with hatred towards them. They did another tour and decided to stay in the studio.
And they were hardly going out even on a semi-regular basis and talking about their political beliefs. Hell, when Natalie said the dreadful words that she was ashamed to be from the same state as Bush, most of their fans thought the Chicks held mostly conservative viewpoints.

I saw them on their last tour and they hardly made any kind of political speech. Eddie Vedder and Bruce do and have done if far more often and you don't hear anyone complaining.
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Old 04-25-13, 06:35 AM   #61
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I saw them on their last tour and they hardly made any kind of political speech. Eddie Vedder and Bruce do and have done if far more often and you don't hear anyone complaining.
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Old 04-25-13, 08:02 AM   #62
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Remember, the same thing kinda happened to The Beatles as well. John said that they were bigger than Jesus and the south exploded with hatred towards them. They did another tour and decided to stay in the studio.
Uh...not really.

Lennon: "I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a friend and I used the words "Beatles" as a remote thing, not as what I think - as Beatles, as those other Beatles like other people see us. I just said "they" are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way which is the wrong way".

Reporter: Some teenagers have repeated your statements - "I like the Beatles more than Jesus Christ". What do you think about that?

Lennon: "Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this".

Reporter: But are you prepared to apologise?
Lennon: "I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologise if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry".


The Beatles stopped touring because nobody could hear them play -- not even themselves. The stadiums were just screaming girls. Produce George Martin references the fact that the equipment for live playing was nowhere near the level it is today.
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Uh...not really.

Lennon: "I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it, but I just happened to be talking to a friend and I used the words "Beatles" as a remote thing, not as what I think - as Beatles, as those other Beatles like other people see us. I just said "they" are having more influence on kids and things than anything else, including Jesus. But I said it in that way which is the wrong way".

Reporter: Some teenagers have repeated your statements - "I like the Beatles more than Jesus Christ". What do you think about that?

Lennon: "Well, originally I pointed out that fact in reference to England. That we meant more to kids than Jesus did, or religion at that time. I wasn't knocking it or putting it down. I was just saying it as a fact and it's true more for England than here. I'm not saying that we're better or greater, or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. I just said what I said and it was wrong. Or it was taken wrong. And now it's all this".

Reporter: But are you prepared to apologise?
Lennon: "I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologise if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry".


The Beatles stopped touring because nobody could hear them play -- not even themselves. The stadiums were just screaming girls. Produce George Martin references the fact that the equipment for live playing was nowhere near the level it is today.
yes, the whole Beatlemania phenomenon was also a influence in the decision to stop touring. The comment, taken out of context or not, hurt the band, they stopped selling out venues and had protest outside them when they did show up. I remember reading that it did influence the decision to leave the road.
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Tom Cruise's only fault is that he's a little too glib.
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Old 04-25-13, 03:40 PM   #66
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Good article all about the beginnings and endings of the band from Texas Monthly's March 2013 issue:

http://www.texasmonthly.com/tags/dixie-chicks
I'd love to read the rest of that article, but everything after the introduction is hidden behind a subscription wall.
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