Dixie Chicks Slate North American Tour

The Dixie Chicks will hit the road May 1 on a 52-date North American tour. The country trio will start the Top of the World tour in Greenville, S.C., and not let up through to an Aug. 4 finale in Nash

The Dixie Chicks will hit the road May 1 on a 52-date North American tour. The country trio will start the Top of the World tour in Greenville, S.C., and not let up through to an Aug. 4 finale in Nashville. Only two cities on the tour -- Chicago and St. Paul, Minn. -- will see extended stays by the group, which will play two nights in each.

Members of the group's official fan club will get first crack at tickets through the group's official Web site. The site will host pre-sales next week, from Feb. 26-28. At deadline, public on sale information was available for only one show; tickets for the June 5 Milwaukee concert will go on sale March 1 via Ticketmaster.

The trek comes in support of the group's Monument/Columbia album "Home." Since its release in August, the set has spent a dozen non-consecutive weeks on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and four non-consecutive weeks on top of The Billboard 200. "Home" has sold 4.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Home" earned the Dixie Chicks Grammy nominations for album of the year and best country album. The trio is also nominated for best country performance by a duo or group with vocal for the album's "Long Time Gone," and best country instrumental performance for the "Home" cut "Lil' Jack Slade."

"Long Time Gone" also earned a best country song Grammy nomination for songwriter Darrell Scott, while the album is also nominated in the best-engineered album, non-classical and best recording package categories. For more information about the nominees for some of the top categories, visit Billboard.com's 2003 Grammy Preview.

As previously reported, the Dixie Chicks will be among the performers at Sunday night's (Feb. 23) Grammy ceremony. Hosted by a cast of New York personalities, the event will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Here are the Dixie Chicks' North American tour dates:

May 1: Greenville, S.C. (Bi Lo Center)
May 3: Orlando, Fla. (TD Waterhouse Centre)
May 4: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (NCR Center)
May 5: Tampa, Fla. (Ice Palace)
May 7: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson Bowling)
May 9: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
May 10: Kansas City, Mo. (Kemper Arena)
May 11: St. Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)
May 13: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
May 14: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
May 16: Birmingham, Ala. (Jefferson County Arena)
May 17: Greensboro, N.C. (Greensboro Coliseum)
May 18: Louisville, Ky. (Freedom Hall)
May 20: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Ford Center)
May 21: Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
May 29-30: Chicago (United Center)
June 1: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
June 2: Auburn Hills, Mich. (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
June 5: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
June 6-7: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
June 9: Cinncinati (US Bank Arena)
June 10: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
June 12: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
June 13: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
June 14: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
June 17: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
June 19: Boston (Fleet Center)
June 20: New York (Madison Square Garden)
June 23: Nassau, N.Y. (Nassau Veterans Center)
June 25: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
July 6: Dallas (American Airlines Arena)
July 8: Denver (Pepsi Center)
July 9: Salt Lake City (Delta Arena)
July 11: Vancouver (GM Place)
July 12: Seattle (Key Arena)
July 13: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
July 15: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)
July 16: San Jose, Calif. (San Jose Arena)
July 17: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
July 19: Los Angeles, Calif. (Staples Center)
July 20: Anaheim, Calif. (Arrowhead Pond)
July 23: San Diego (Cox Arena)
July 25: Phoenix (America West Arena)
July 27: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
July 29: San Antonio, Texas (SBC Center)
July 30: Houston (Compaq Center)
Aug. 1: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Center)
Aug. 2: Memphis, Tenn. (The Pyramid Arena)
Aug. 3: Atlanta (Phillips Arena)
Aug. 4: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard.com/business.

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.