|Tour by Dixie Chicks|
|Start date||May 1, 2003|
|End date||October 12, 2003|
|No. of shows||65 in North America|
10 in Europe
6 in Australia
|Dixie Chicks concert chronology|
The Top of the World Tour was the 2003 concert tour by American country music trio Dixie Chicks. It was in support of their album Home , and named after the song "Top of the World" on that album.
The tour began with three promotional concerts in Europe and Australia. During the first of these on March 10, 2003, at Shepherds Bush Empire in London, Natalie Maines made her controversial remarks criticizing President George W. Bush a few days before the start of the Iraq War: "Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas."The backdrop to this statement was the large protests in Britain against the impending war.
The first leg of the tour then took place in North America, running from the beginning of May to mid-August. The Bush controversy and a comment against a Toby Keith song resulted in the state of South Carolina not wanting to let the band in. Natalie Maines stated, "These fans paid their hard earned money to see us play, and we will give them the show they paid to see!" The concert went on. The second leg took place in Western Europe in September, followed by a brief third leg in Australia that finished in early October. A couple of concerts back in the United States finished the tour.
The tour grossed $60.5 million, making it the highest grossing country music tour up until that time (since superseded by several artists). It was also the 8th highest-grossing tour of any genre in 2003.
The live album Top of the World Tour: Live and DVD Top of the World Tour: Live document the tour — both are composed of performances from multiple shows. Dressing room and on-stage scenes from the tour, as well as the effect of Maines' controversial statement on the venture, were included in the 2006 documentary Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing .
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The multi-tiered in-the-round stage was a feat of engineering complete with shifting hydraulic-lift levels, winding catwalks and walkways that extended over the heads of the audience. It weighed over 80,000 pounds and took up most of the arena floor. A crew of 120 traveled in thirteen busses and seventeen trucks. This show included the largest touring video show, with 1.5 million LED lights displaying graphics on video screens and on the floor of the stage. During the show, artificial flowers, grass, trees and a windmill sprung up from underneath the stage. It took over 2000 amps of power and 240 pounds of CO2 gas to run the special effects for each show.
Recorded pre-show music included "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?", "Band on the Run", "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", and "Born in the U.S.A.".
During the show the three singers used headset microphones and were frequently well apart from each other. Nevertheless, stage patter was fairly frequent, with a notable case of Martie Maguire confessing that her rather unusual clothing assemblage made her look like "Crack whore Barbie". A new addition to the group's repertoire was a long, churning rendition of Bob Dylan's travelphobic "Mississippi".
In the opening U.S. show, Natalie offered fans 15 seconds to boo, in reference of the controversy surrounding the tour. However, after a count of three, there was thunderous applause instead.
The following songs were performed during the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It does not represent all songs performed on tour.
|Date||City||Country||Venue||Tickets Sold / Available||Revenue|
|May 1, 2003||Greenville||United States||BI-LO Center||14,811 / 14,811||$855,146|
|May 3, 2003||Orlando||TD Waterhouse Centre||15,726 / 15,726||$872,525|
|May 4, 2003||Sunrise||Office Depot Center||15,470 / 17,924||$927,560|
|May 5, 2003||Tampa||St. Pete Times Forum||15,535 / 17,969||$953,993|
|May 7, 2003||Knoxville||Thompson–Boling Arena||18,521 / 18,521||$1,084,740|
|May 8, 2003||Indianapolis||Conseco Fieldhouse||15,878 / 15,878||$927,085|
|May 10, 2003||Kansas City||Kemper Arena||17,890 / 17,973||$1,047,310|
|May 11, 2003||St. Louis||Savvis Center||18,029 / 18,449||$1,072,595|
|May 13, 2003||Ames||Hilton Coliseum||13,845 / 13,845||$805,680|
|May 14, 2003||Moline||MARK of the Quad Cities||10,476 / 10,476||$611,310|
|May 16, 2003||Birmingham||BJCC Arena||N/A||N/A|
|May 17, 2003||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum|
|May 18, 2003||Louisville||Freedom Hall||16,894 / 16,894||$996,970|
|May 20, 2003||Oklahoma City||Ford Center||16,992 / 16,992||$1,001,425|
|May 21, 2003||Austin||Frank Erwin Center||14,769 / 14,769||$828,925|
|May 29, 2003||Chicago||United Center||36,500 / 36,500||$2,213,900|
|May 30, 2003|
|June 2, 2003||Auburn Hills||The Palace of Auburn Hills||35,389 / 35,389||$2,110,958|
|June 3, 2003|
|June 5, 2003||Milwaukee||Bradley Center||17,364 / 17,364||$1,032,690|
|June 6, 2003||Saint Paul||Xcel Energy Center||39,636 / 39,636||$2,152,655|
|June 7, 2003|
|June 9, 2003||Cincinnati||U.S. Bank Arena||15,546 / 16,800||$950,300|
|June 10, 2003||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||17,498 / 17,498||$1,026,200|
|June 11, 2003||Cleveland||Gund Arena||16,252 / 19,769||$968,265|
|June 13, 2003||Buffalo||HSBC Arena||18,102 / 18,102||$1,054,685|
|June 14, 2003||Pittsburgh||Mellon Arena||16,276 / 16,276||$871,090|
|June 16, 2003||Philadelphia||First Union Center||36,058 / 36,058||$2,431,384|
|June 17, 2003|
|June 19, 2003||Boston||FleetCenter||16,850 / 16,850||$1,111,390|
|June 20, 2003||New York City||Madison Square Garden||N/A||N/A|
|June 21, 2003|
|June 23, 2003||Uniondale||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|June 25, 2003||Washington, D.C.||MCI Center||34,155 / 34,155||$2,063,455|
|June 26, 2003|
|June 27, 2003||Albany||Pepsi Arena||14,691 / 14,691||$884,635|
|July 6, 2003||Dallas||American Airlines Center||16,704 / 16,704||$1,011,720|
|July 8, 2003||Denver||Pepsi Center||16,034 / 16,034||$964,820|
|July 9, 2003||Salt Lake City||Delta Center||15,435 / 15,435||$929,425|
|July 11, 2003||Vancouver||Canada||General Motors Place||17,429 / 17,429||$1,060,338|
|July 12, 2003||Seattle||United States||KeyArena||13,484 / 13,484||$787,220|
|July 13, 2003||Portland||Rose Garden Arena||17,857 / 17,857||$1,071,345|
|July 15, 2003||Oakland||The Arena in Oakland||17,072 / 17,072||$1,047,651|
|July 16, 2003||San Jose||HP Pavilion||16,977 / 16,977||$999,300|
|July 17, 2003||Sacramento||ARCO Arena||15,006 / 15,006||$862,535|
|July 19, 2003||Los Angeles||Staples Center||15,609 / 15,609||$889,285|
|July 20, 2003||Anaheim||Arrowhead Pond||29,985 / 29,985||$1,866,945|
|July 21, 2003|
|July 23, 2003||San Diego||Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl||11,168 / 11,168||$723,021|
|July 25, 2003||Phoenix||America West Arena||15,984 / 15,984||$965,950|
|July 26, 2003||Las Vegas||MGM Grand Garden Arena||22,098 / 22,098||$1,845,845|
|July 27, 2003|
|July 29, 2003||San Antonio||SBC Center||14,965 / 14,965||$857,275|
|July 30, 2003||Houston||Compaq Center||14,700 / 14,700||$884,964|
|August 1, 2003||North Little Rock||Alltel Arena||16,790 / 16,790||$998,500|
|August 2, 2003||Memphis||Pyramid Arena||18,745 / 18,745||$1,112,664|
|August 3, 2003||Atlanta||Philips Arena||17,101 / 17,101||$1,001,135|
|August 4, 2003||Nashville||Gaylord Entertainment Center||15,696 / 15,696||$921,730|
|August 6, 2003||Toronto||Canada||Air Canada Centre||17,470 / 17,470||$1,031,779|
|August 7, 2003||Ottawa||Corel Centre||N/A||N/A|
|August 8, 2003||Hamilton||Copps Coliseum|
|August 12, 2003||Edmonton||Skyreach Centre||12,590 / 12,590||$732,590|
|August 13, 2003||Calgary||Pengrowth Saddledome||13,442 / 13,442||$850,800|
|September 6, 2003||Stockholm||Sweden||Annexet||N/A||N/A|
|September 8, 2003||Hamburg||Germany||CCH Hall 1|
|September 10, 2003||Birmingham||England||NEC Arena|
|September 11, 2003||Manchester||Carling Apollo Manchester|
|September 14, 2003||London||Royal Albert Hall||7,022 / 7,216||$323,270|
|September 15, 2003|
|September 18, 2003||Dublin||Ireland||Point Theatre||N/A||N/A|
|September 19, 2003||Glasgow||Scotland||Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre|
|September 21, 2003||Munich||Germany||Olympiahalle|
|September 22, 2003||Frankfurt||Jahrhunderthalle|
|September 28, 2003||Melbourne||Australia||Rod Laver Arena||N/A||N/A|
|September 29, 2003|
|October 1, 2003||Brisbane||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|October 2, 2003|
|October 4, 2003||Sydney||Sydney Super Dome|
|October 5, 2003||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|October 10, 2003||Charlotte||United States||Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre||N/A|
|October 12, 2003 [A]||Washington, D.C.||MCI Center||11,102 / 12,200||$896,827|
|June 2, 2003||Cleveland, Ohio||Gund Arena||Rescheduled to June 11, 2003|
|June 12, 2003||Toronto, Canada||Air Canada Centre||Rescheduled to August 6, 2003|
There may have been minor changes to this lineup depending on the venue.
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