The Dixie Chicks reboot has proved more popular than expected. The contemporary country trio has added more shows to its DCX MMXVI Tour — shorthand for “Dixie Chicks 2016.”
The newly announced dates include a Sept. 10 stop at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Elle King, the “Ex’s and Oh’s” singer-songwriter who performed at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, will open the show.
Following a series of presales this week, tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday via livenation.com and at the arena box office, with prices ranging from $36 to $122, plus service charges.
The band currently is touring Europe. The 50-date North American tour kicks off June 1 in Ohio and concludes in Los Angeles in October.
The Dixie Chicks — lead singer Natalie Maines and sisters Martie Erwin Maguire and Emily Erwin Robison — hit upon a hugely popular medley of country, pop, bluegrass and empowerment.
Their 1998 album “Wide Open Spaces” and the 1999 follow-up “Fly” sold more than 10 million copies apiece, an impressive achievement even in an era when the public still bought recorded music en masse.
Controversial comments Maines made about then-President George W. Bush during a 2003 concert in London resulted in a backlash back home.
The Dixie Chicks were subsequently shunned by many country radio stations and fans, even as they attempted to explain themselves. The lead single from their next album was a defiant “Not Ready To Make Nice.”
After several years away from the spotlight, during which the three members pursued solo projects and spent time with their families, the Dixie Chicks announced their first American headlining tour in more than a decade.
The controversy seems to have largely faded, as Live Nation Entertainment, the promoter of the DCX MMXVI Tour, reports strong ticket sales.