Chicks Chat With ABC, Get Boost From Bruce
The Dixie Chicks will be interviewed tomorrow (April 24) on ABC's "Primetime Thursday" to discuss the rash of negative publicity they have endured in the wake of a negative comment lead singer NatalieThe Dixie Chicks will be interviewed tomorrow (April 24) on ABC's "Primetime Thursday" to discuss the rash of negative publicity they have endured in the wake of a negative comment lead singer Natalie Maines made regarding President Bush. Hosted by Diane Sawyer, the program will air at 10 p.m. ET.
Last month, Maines told a London audience that the group was "ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." A number of U.S. radio outlets responded by dropping the group from playlists; the group's Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart-topper, "Travelin' Soldier," saw a 65% decrease in airplay a week after Maines' comments and dropped entirely off the chart.
As previously reported, the group's North American tour will kick off May 1 in Greenville, S.C. And while the Chicks have found little empathy at radio, Sony labelmate Bruce Springsteen has recently come out in support of the group's remarks.
"The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves," Springsteen said in a statement posted on his official Web site. "To me, they're terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American."
"The pressure coming from the government and big business to enforce conformity of thought concerning the war and politics goes against everything that this country is about -- namely freedom," he continued. "Right now, we are supposedly fighting to create freedom in Iraq, at the same time that some are trying to intimidate and punish people for using that same freedom here at home. I don't know what happens next, but I do want to add my voice to those who think that the Dixie Chicks are getting a raw deal, and an un-American one to boot. I send them my support."