The Dixie Chicks have never been shy about their political beliefs – but Minnesota fans don’t seem to mind.
Back in 2003 before the U.S. invasion into Iraq, lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd at a show in London, “We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”
That comment led to backlash for the country trio, which includes sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire. Radio stations wouldn’t play their music, country artists like Toby Keith spoke out against them, and fans boycotted concerts and burned albums.
They made another Grammy-winning album in 2006, but then kind of went on a hiatus and haven’t toured as headliners in the U.S. for almost a decade, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In Minnesota, the Star Tribune says the Chicks went from performing two sold-out shows at Xcel Energy Center in 2003 to not even filling the Target Center for one night in 2006.
Thirteen years have passed and the Dixie Chicks are back on tour, playing two sold-out shows at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand.
So the question is, do the fans still care?
BringMeTheNews spoke with Dixie Chicks fans at the State Fair on Saturday night to ask the question: “With all of the controversy surrounding the group over the years, do you – as a fan – care that they make political statements?”
And the general consensus was … no.
In fact, we couldn’t find a single fan who said they wished the band would just “Shut Up And Sing” – the title of the band’s 2006 documentary that addressed the controversy.
Peggy Warfield, 55, said that she has been a fan of the group “since they started” and has seen them perform several times.
“No, I don’t care. And I’ll take it a step further and say that I agreed with what they said, and I think they had a right to say it,” Warfield said.
Kinsie Stifter, 24, from Mayer said that she has been a fan since she was a little girl, so she doesn’t really remember all of the controversy.
“Now that I’m older, I get it. They have a right to say whatever they want to say,” Stifter said.
Many of the fans we talked to echoed that opinion.
“I think they are brave for speaking their minds,” said Brianna, 34, of Hastings. “They could lose fans, they could lose money. But they aren’t afraid to say how they feel.”
Another fan said, “At the time I was probably upset, but that was years ago. I’m in a band and I play their music. Everyone says what they want to say anyway these days.”
That’s good news for the Dixie Chicks – because the ladies haven’t stopped voicing their political opinions.
On the opening night of their current DCX MMXVI World Tour they flashed a photo of Donald Trump while performing their hit “Goodbye Earl” about a woman who murders her abusive husband, US Magazine reported.