Dixie Chicks: Top Touring Country Act
08/07/2003 AT 01:00 PM EDT
The group -- which suffered boycotts by country music stations after singer Natalie Maines told a London audience in March she was "ashamed" President Bush was from her home state of Texas -- have nearly grossed $60 million on the road, reports Billboard, likely to make them this year's top earning touring country act.
"The bottom line is, for all the so-called controversy ... the Dixie Chicks' fans remained totally loyal throughout the tour," their manager, Simon Renshaw, tells Billboard.
The Dixie Chicks -- singers Maines, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire -- will end the North American leg of their tour on Aug. 13 in Calgary, Ontario. The group is then scheduled to play 10 dates in Europe beginning Sept. 6 in Stockholm, followed by six Australian concerts that conclude in Sydney on Oct. 5.