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Dixie Chicks end breakup speculation with a big summer tour

The Dixie Chicks will return to the stage for the first time in four years this summer, sharing a North American stadium tour with the Eagles and Keith Urban. Eight dates have been released, beginning with a June 8 stop in Toronto (which Urban will miss). Some fans had been concerned we’d heard the last of the Chicks when sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison formed a side project, Court Yard Hounds, while waiting for lead singer Natalie Maines to be ready to hit the road again. (Court Yard Hounds, which releases its first album May 4, will play at least three dates on this summer’s Lilith Fair, after making its debut Thursday at SXSW.) But Maguire and Robison had been adamant that the Chicks would continue.

Are you happy they’re back? The shared bill feels like the right way to go, particularly with a group whose fans are as loyal as the Eagles’ and a current chart-topper who’s as popular live as Urban: It keeps them in stadiums, where the Chicks, who won five Grammys for their 2006 album, Taking the Long Way, belong.

If watching the video for “Not Ready to Make Nice” still gives you chills, the answer is yes.