Top of the World Tour

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Top of the World Tour
Tour by Dixie Chicks
Tour memorabilia
Associated album Home
Start date May 1, 2003 (2003-05-01)
End date October 12, 2003 (2003-10-12)
Legs 3
Number of shows 65 in North America
10 in Europe
6 in Australia
81 Total
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."[1] The backdrop to this statement was the large protests in Britain against the impending war.[2]

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The tour grossed $60.5 million, making it the highest grossing country music tour up until that time (since superseded by several artists).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.

The show[edit]

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.".

The Dixie Chicks front and center: Madison Square Garden, June 20, 2003.

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".

Opening Acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

An actual set list retrieved from the stage, from the June 20 concert at Madison Square Garden.

The following songs were performed during the concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. It does not represent all songs performed on tour.

  1. "Goodbye Earl"
  2. "Some Days You Gotta Dance"
  3. "There's Your Trouble"
  4. "Long Time Gone"
  5. "Tortured, Tangled Hearts"
  6. "Travelin' Soldier
  7. "Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)"
  8. "Hello Mr. Heartache"
  9. "Cold Day in July"
  10. "White Trash Wedding"
  11. "Lil' Jack Slade"
  12. "A Home"
  13. "Truth No. 2"
  14. "If I Fall You're Going Down with Me"
  15. "Mississippi"
  16. "Cowboy Take Me Away"
  17. "Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)"
  18. "Landslide"
  19. "Ready To Run"
  20. "Wide Open Spaces"
  1. "Top of the World"
  2. "Sin Wagon"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[6]
May 1, 2003 Greenville United States BI-LO Center
May 3, 2003 Orlando TD Waterhouse Centre
May 4, 2003 Sunrise Office Depot Center
May 5, 2003 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
May 7, 2003 Knoxville Thompson–Boling Arena
May 8, 2003 Indianapolis Conseco Fieldhouse
May 10, 2003 Kansas City Kemper Arena
May 11, 2003 St. Louis Savvis Center
May 13, 2003 Ames Hilton Coliseum
May 14, 2003 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities
May 16, 2003 Birmingham BJCC Arena
May 17, 2003 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
May 18, 2003 Louisville Freedom Hall
May 20, 2003 Oklahoma City Ford Center
May 21, 2003 Austin Frank Erwin Center
May 29, 2003 Chicago United Center
May 30, 2003
June 2, 2003 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 3, 2003
June 5, 2003 Milwaukee Bradley Center
June 6, 2003 Saint Paul Xcel Energy Center
June 7, 2003
June 9, 2003 Cincinnati U.S. Bank Arena
June 10, 2003 Columbus Nationwide Arena
June 11, 2003 Cleveland Gund Arena
June 13, 2003 Buffalo HSBC Arena
June 14, 2003 Pittsburgh Mellon Arena
June 16, 2003 Philadelphia First Union Center
June 17, 2003
June 19, 2003 Boston FleetCenter
June 20, 2003 New York City Madison Square Garden
June 21, 2003
June 23, 2003 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 25, 2003 Washington, D.C. MCI Center
June 26, 2003
June 27, 2003 Albany Pepsi Arena
July 6, 2003 Dallas American Airlines Center
July 8, 2003 Denver Pepsi Center
July 9, 2003 Salt Lake City Delta Center
July 11, 2003 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
July 12, 2003 Seattle United States KeyArena
July 13, 2003 Portland Rose Garden
July 15, 2003 Oakland The Arena in Oakland
July 16, 2003 San Jose HP Pavilion at San Jose
July 17, 2003 Sacramento ARCO Arena
July 19, 2003 Los Angeles Staples Center
July 20, 2003 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
July 21, 2003
July 23, 2003 San Diego Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl
July 25, 2003 Phoenix America West Arena
July 26, 2003 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
July 27, 2003
July 29, 2003 San Antonio SBC Center
July 30, 2003 Houston Compaq Center
August 1, 2003 North Little Rock Alltel Arena
August 2, 2003 Memphis Pyramid Arena
August 3, 2003 Atlanta Philips Arena
August 4, 2003 Nashville Gaylord Entertainment Center
August 6, 2003 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
August 7, 2003 Ottawa Corel Centre
August 8, 2003 Hamilton Copps Coliseum
August 12, 2003 Edmonton Skyreach Centre
August 13, 2003 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
September 6, 2003 Stockholm Sweden Annexet
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
September 15, 2003
September 18, 2003 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
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
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
North America[8][9]
October 10, 2003 Charlotte United States Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
October 12, 2003[A] Washington, D.C. MCI Center
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A Recording Artists Coalition Benefit[9]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
June 2, 2003 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Rescheduled to June 11, 2003
June 12, 2013 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre Rescheduled to August 6, 2003[10]

Backing band[edit]

There may have been minor changes to this lineup depending on the venue.

External links[edit]

  • [ Dixie Chicks Official Website]
  • Tour Info


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