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PHOTOS: The Chicks Have No Reason to Play Nice at PNC

The Chicks perform at PNC Music Pavilion on July 14
The Chicks perform at PNC Music Pavilion on July 14. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

It’s been six years since The Chicks last rolled through Charlotte and not much has changed in that time, including the trio’s name. They’re still playing plenty of hits for thousands of fans, they’re still poking the political bear, and they’re still doing their best to encourage the empowerment of women.

Martie Maguire plays a banjo while singing
Martie Maguire of The Chicks. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
The Chicks have always had women’s backs — who can forget “Goodbye Earl” and its theme of revenge — and Thursday night at PNC Music Pavilion was no different. During “Tights on My Boat,” a video depicting a boat carrying five Supreme Court justices who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade saw the boat cruising along before it sank. 
 
The Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines holding an electric guitar
The Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
The group led a “Happy Birthday” singalong for singer Natalie Maines’ 18-year-old son as she filmed the crowd. However, the crowd needed no solicitation as they had already been singing along to every song The Chicks performed. Though conservatives tried to cancel The Chicks years ago for comments against George W. Bush, this night was clear that they still have plenty of supporters.
 
 
Back in 2016, The Chicks played three Patty Griffin cover songs. This time around, Patty Griffin was the opener (though they still squeezed in another Griffin cover, “Don’t Let Me Die in Florida,” into their set.) Maines’ vocal issues that caused the band to stop an Indianapolis show short and cancel a couple others in June were a thing of the past, as all three Chicks were on point throughout the night.
 
Patty Griffin plays an acoustic guitar onstage
Patty Griffin opened for The Chicks at PNC Music Pavilion. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
Be sure to check out Queen City Nerve’s Soundwave, Charlotte’s most comprehensive live music listing, so you don’t miss out on any shows or concerts coming up. And hell, if you’re looking for something else to do, you can check out our events page as well, which runs the gamut of things to do in Charlotte. You don’t ever have to be bored again. You can check out more of Jeff’s pics and live reviews here.
 

Setlist
Sin Wagon
Gaslighter
Texas Man
Julianna Calm Down
The Long Way Around
Hope It’s Something Good
Sleep at Night
Ready to Run
Wide Open Spaces
Tights on My Boat
Lubbock or Leave It
Cowboy Take Me Away
Long Time Gone
Landslide
Don’t Let Me Die in Florida
March March
For Her
White Trash Wedding
Everybody Loves You
Young Man
Travelin’ Soldier
Goodbye Earl


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