“I can’t even let you know how superb it’s to see you,” The Chicks‘ lead singer Natalie Maines instructed the gang packed into St. Louis’ Hollywood On line casino Amphitheatre on Tuesday evening (June 14th). Aside from a handful of scattered appearances over the previous couple of years, it’s the group’s first such endeavor since 2017, their first since dropping “Dixie” from their band’s title in 2020, and first because the launch of their country-chart-topping album, Gaslighter, that very same yr
“We had meant to see you in 2020, however somewhat one thing occurred,” Maines continued, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic that scuttled plans for an enviornment tour which, with Covid warning nonetheless in thoughts, was moved outdoor and recast as this yr’s 27-date amphitheater tour (get tickets right here).
Regardless of the lengthy break from the highway, Maines and bandmates Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer had been, for essentially the most half, already in mid-tour type in St. Louis, nailing their acquainted vocal harmonies and displaying their instrumental prowess whereas backed by a six-piece band that features Maines’ 22-year-old son, Slade Pasdar, on guitar and keyboards.
As you’d anticipate, the two-hour present included most of the band’s main hits. However largely, it targeted on Gaslighter, with 10 of the night’s 22 songs coming from the brand new album. The Chicks had been surrounded by a stunning array of floor-to-ceiling video screens and an uncluttered stage set that positioned the entire backing musicians save for bandleader Keith Sewell on risers.
First, Patty Griffin opened the present with a beautiful 35-minute set with backing from guitar ace David Pulkingham. (She continues on the tour via July sixteenth, returning on August fifth. In between these dates, Jenny Lewis will open for The Chicks.)