Texas trio Dixie Chicks, still ashamed George W. Bush is from their home state, mostly spent the Obama management on the sidelines. Their MMXVI tour — the group’s initially cross-Amerihave the right to jaunt in ten years — started in 2016, before the results of last November’s election. Saturday night’s return to the Bell Centre came near the finish of the 82-display civilization tour, however had actually the included advantage of a brand-new president worthy of lead singer Natalie Maines’ scorn.


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Natalie Maines of the nation band Dixie Chicks perdevelops at the Bell Centre in Montactual, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Picture by Peter McCabe /MONTREAL GAZETTE And hold ago they did not, although Maines’ bold statements came in the develop of conveniently available tweets, which were displayed on the side screen during the changeover. Perusage her timeline at your leisure — they make “We’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas” from 2003 sound complimentary.

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“What do you think of Donald Trump?” Maines asked the spirited crowd of 6,656, knowing full well a chorus of boos was coming. “Your prime minister is so hot,” she ongoing. “We supplied to have actually a warm president.”

For brief moments throughout the group’s two-hour long collection, it was reassuring to watch them defiant as ever despite the sojourn. For the most part, though, it was a lengthy overdue reunion through one of country’s rightful crossover successes. Saturday night’s collection was a reminder that beyond having the courage to stop openly, the Dixie Chicks possess the heart-stopping harmonies, bluegrass stompers, superstar visibility and enviable pop instincts to ago up any words.

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Emily Robichild of the country band also Dixie Chicks perdevelops at the Bell Centre in Montactual, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Photo by Peter McCabe /MONTREAL GAZETTE Frontwomale Maines played centre, via the Erwin sisters Martie and Emily (recognized by their corresponding married names, Maguire and Robison) on her wings. All 3 were at the front edge of stage, Maines on guitar, Maguire on fiddle and Robiboy on banjo, via a five-piece backing band also behind them.


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With no recent output to current — besides a cover of Beyoncé’s Daddy Lessons that featured Queen Bee herself on the tape-recorded version — they rather went for a party atmosphere featuring their liveliest hits. Radio-friendly, harmony-hefty Long Way Around opened up the night, adhered to by the turbulent, quick-paced Lubbock or Leave It and a joyous cover of Patty Griffin’s Truth #2. Right away the team rallied around what they perform best: immaculate pop country, more traditional roots via an edge and a cover they’ve made their very own.

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Martie Maguire of the country band Dixie Chicks performs at the Bell Centre in Montactual, on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Picture by Peter McCabe /MONTREAL GAZETTE The pattern ongoing with a variety of cover versions the Dixie Chicks have actually put their stamp on, from Bob Dylan’s Mississippi, Daddy Lessons, Thunderclap Newman’s still relevant 1969 song Something in the Air and also Griffin’s Don’t Let Me Die in Florida. And of course, there was their hit cover of Fleetlumber Mac’s Landslide — which Maines pointed out was first videotaped once they were “one baby in” (the three members currently have nine and also the song is feeling a tiny less relatable). On the oddly upbeat Goodbye Earl, the team reinrequired the song’s residential violence topic issue by mixing old mugshots through those of Chris Brvery own and O.J. Simpkid — and Trump through adversary horns drawn in for great meacertain.

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For a last message, the team closed the encore through another cover — Ben Harper’s laid-earlier contact for peace anthem Better Way. Like eextremely various other song on the night, the Dixie Chicks discovered their very own method to perdevelop it, just this time, it verified exactly how calling for love and also acceptance in a simple method have the right to feel as effective and also rebellious as any type of statement the band could’ve made.