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Charlie and Emily live in San Antonio -- "I enjoy the anonymity. No one gives a crap who you are there." -- and are building a house on his family ranch in Bandera, Texas. She says her sister may buy a place in Austin after the tour, but regardless, she doesn't see ever leaving Texas. In a few weeks, she and Charlie are going to buy each other a horse for their birthdays. In case you were wondering.
4 That was kind of cheap of me, really. Put a boob question in, like it was anything other than juvenile titillation. But, we teased it on the cover of the paper -- the real paper, not this Web thing -- so I kinda had to. If you're a hardcore fan and you want a little more info on the tour than undergarment accidents, here's a quote for you:"We really wanted to make sure that people were entertained from the moment they stepped into the arena. Visual things, the 'halftime show' between us and the opener. Having it be an entertainment package. Because we came from the intimate sort of venues -- that's where we came up through the ranks -- we wanted to somehow maintain that intimacy with the audience. Now, we kind of have more of a theatrical show, in terms of lighting and staging, than a typical show. We want it to feel more like a theater than an arena, so the people from the front row to the back row get an intimate feeling...It's hard to reach the back row. It really is."
Now, here I could give away some things that will probably happen at the show, since I've read the reviews from around the country, because, well, let's just say such a description would fit here. But I won't. Suffice to say the consensus is as follows: "cool show."
5 You know what, it does not balance out. Most of us don't find fame and fortune, but if you do, you're never a schlep again. Even if you go broke, like Hammer or Peter Frampton, you still can go on VH1 and start selling albums again. If you're the Chicks, what happens is this:Natalie Maines gets married, and to celebrate, they all head to Vegas to gamble. And the homegirls who for years saw only red when they bet black can't help but hit.
"I won, like $325 that time," Emily says. "I think we all collectively won over $2,000 that night. It was just a good night, you know? Good vibes going on. A lotta good juju going on that night."
6 The Dixie Chicks play August 10 and 11 at Reunion Arena, which is in Dallas, where Emily and Martie grew up. There are some other stories I'd like to tell you, about Emily being interviewed by Guitar Player and the Chicks giving away that pink RV they used to travel in on a radio promotion, only to see the sumbitch show up on eBay and folks bidding $40K on it, but we're outta room. You should also know that both shows are sold out.