Fans of The Chicks (formerly The Dixie Chicks) were swarming Nashville’s Broadway scene when it was announced that their Bridgestone Arena concert was canceled mere hours before the doors to the venue were set to open.
The Chicks were set to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night (July 27), and made the announcement on their various social media profiles just before 4:30 p.m.
What was supposed to be the group’s first Nashville show since 2016 now turns into questions and outrage from fans who had already traveled to the Nashville area for the show.
The statement that was released by The Chicks to their fans read:
“Due to illness, The Chicks must regretfully postpone tonight’s show at Bridgestone Arena.
We are working on rescheduling and will provide a new show date as soon as possible.
Fans are encouraged to hold on to their tickets for the newly scheduled date.
The Chicks are looking forward to seeing their Nashville fans soon and apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.”
It was not disclosed who was specifically afflicted by an illness, or if multiple members of the band were under the weather. There is no word currently if it will affect their July 29th show in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Chicks World Tour 2023 kicked off back in June in Norway and made its way through the United Kingdom. The world tour is now making its way through the United States, with eventual dates in Canada.
Wild Rivers has been traveling with The Chicks to play, with various other select dates seeing the likes of Ben Harper and Maren Morris helping as openers.
However, no one saw the stage tonight in Nashville, and those who had already taken off work and traveled to Music City to see The Chicks were pretty upset (eerily similar to the backlash that Morgan Wallen faced when he canceled later earlier this year) in the comments below the band’s cancellation statement:
We came all the way from Newfoundland for this. Rescheduling is not an option for us. @Ticketmaster we will need a refund.
PS, not knocking the band, these things happen. But a credit or a rescheduled show only works for locals.