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maddogesq Donating Member (915 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-23-06 10:12 PM
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OT-Concet Review: The Dixie Chicks at The Joe!
This was one of my highlight events of the summer. Despite the bullshit media reporting, that venue was better than 90 percent full. My guess was about 12,000 out of a capacity of 14,000. For the first stop where the band didnt get much radio support, I think it was an impressive turnout. And I thought it ironic that the country radio that ignored the group had their little displays set up outside. I guess having a number one album despite lack of same-genre airplay might have made those stations think twice about not having a display out side the show.

It was, as the Free Press critic noted,
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2006072...
an interesting mix of typical country fans, anti-Bush people, and just regular folks out for a good show. And there is not one person, IMHO, that walked out of that arena disappointed.

The surprising part in the beginning was the warm-up act, a woman by the name of Anna Nalick. She had a beautiful voice, and had a pretty tight, hard-nose band behind her.

In case some of you did not know, that song, as I call it (Not Ready to Make Nice) has struck me very personally. Its not just the reason they wrote it--a position I fully support-but it also struck a chord as to things I have experienced in the four years since that tragedy on I-69, which I will not go over again. I have written to people in the past when they wrote something that touches me in such a way, and I will probably get up the courage one day and write the Chicks. As someone who has dabbled in songwriting, I can tell you that this piece of music speaks volumesto me anyway.

They did a very fair blend of old and new stuff, and as expected, the musicians in the core group, as well as the backup band, were totally top drawer, I wasnt as energized as I was after sitting second row for say, Roxy Music or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but the feeling I had as I left Joe Louis Arena was pretty darn close.




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