Dixie Chicks: Top Touring Country Act

08/07/2003 at 01:00 PM EDT

Forget the politics: As the Dixie Chicks head into the final dates of their Top of the World North American concert tour, it appears their fans never lost faith in the country trio.

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.

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