July 8, 2003
A look back at the Dixie Chicks “Top Of The World” tour stop in Denver.
Seven Thirty, Michelle Branch comes on. She sang a few songs I knew and she was really good. So real. She took her shoes off half way through and sang the rest the show barefoot.
Eight Thirty, the lights go down and the filler music comes up. Very pointed, Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?”, Paul McCartney’s “Band On The Run,” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA.” Then, they came on, under this fabulous rose curtain.
They played Goodbye Earl first, and then I lost track of the set list, I didn’t have time in between dancing and singing and clapping to write it down! But they rocked, they were SO good and they know how to put on a show.
Before Godspeed Emily told a story about how the altitude got to her the night before and she felt like a bad mommy.
Before Patty Griffin’s Truth No. 2 Natalie talked about the “incident” and was met with some boos and some cheers. During the song they showed clips of the Beatle album burnings in comparison to the Dixie Chick album burnings.
There was a tree in the middle of the round stage for A Home.
There were little grassy things around the stage during Bob Dylan’s Mississippi (which before Natalie talked about Sheryl Crow) and for Stevie Nicks’ Landslide there were flowers that bloomed along the edges.
The only song I sat through was Patty Griffin’s Top Of The World simply because I was trying in vain to watch the music video. Everything else, I stood and danced to, or at least swayed to. And then, after a rip-roaring rendition of Sin Wagon, it was over and we left, but only after gathering a fair amount of the “Dixie Chick Dust”. It was red and yellow.