“I can’t even inform you how wonderful it’s to see you,” The Chicks‘ lead singer Natalie Maines informed the gang packed into St. Louis’ Hollywood On line casino Amphitheatre on Tuesday night time (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 identify in 2020, and first because the launch of their country-chart-topping album, Gaslighter, that very same yr
“We had supposed to see you in 2020, however a little bit one thing occurred,” Maines continued, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic that scuttled plans for an area tour which, with Covid warning nonetheless in thoughts, was moved outside 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 have been, for essentially the most half, already in mid-tour kind 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 count on, the two-hour present included lots of the band’s main hits. However largely, it centered on Gaslighter, with 10 of the night’s 22 songs coming from the brand new album. The Chicks have been surrounded by a stunning array of floor-to-ceiling video screens and an uncluttered stage set that positioned all the 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 by means of July sixteenth, returning on August fifth. In between these dates, Jenny Lewis will open for The Chicks.)