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NASHVILLE Dixie Chicks' lead singer, Natalie Maines, says she spoke out against President Bush and war with Iraq last month out of frustration, and she regrets her choice of words. At a March 10 concert in London, Maines told the audience, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas."
Speaking to our Music Critic, Jack Palethorpe, Maines said, "I meant no disrespect to the President. I'm ashamed to be from Texas too."
Maines and the Texas-based trio's other members - Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, who are sisters - appear nude on cover of the May 2 issue of Entertainment Weekly, with epithets such as 'Traitors,' 'Saddam's Angels' and 'Dixie Sluts' written on their bodies, as well as 'Hero,' 'Proud American,' and 'Please Buy Our CD.'
After Maines' remarks last month, radio stations began boycotting the Dixie Chicks and their song, 'Travelin' Soldier,' which was No. 1 on Billboard's country charts, fell completely off the charts.
"We know some of our fans were shocked and upset," said Maines, "so we took off our clothes to get them revved up again."
But the fans seemed unimpressed. "Trouble is, they don't have big boobs if they can cover them up with such small hands," said one former fan from Texas.
Most of the shows on their tour had already sold out before Maines' comments. Their agent, Rob Light, was unavailable for comment when our reporter called him, but he told his mother that, of the 59 shows, only 58 have seats left, and "it's a lousy show anyway."