The Chicks File $6.6 Million Lawsuit over Cancelled 'Gaslighter' Tour
Published Mar 05, 2021The Chicks have filed a massive $6.6. million USD lawsuit over their cancelled Gaslighter tour.
The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks were set to go on a 48-show North American tour in 2020 in support of their first album in 14 years, Gaslighter. But thanks to the pandemic, the tour — like basically all 2020 tours — was cancelled.
As Variety reports, the Chicks touring company, Tunashoe Tours, had an insurance policy through Lloyd's of London that provided up to $40.4 million USD in coverage in the event that the tour had to be called off. There were 14 underwriters under the policy, according to the complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, but the Chicks are only suing W/R/B, which has allegedly refused to pay its obligated portion and asked the tour to be postponed until 2021.
The Chicks, however, stated that rescheduling the tour is not possible.
"As of the filing of this complaint, it appears highly unlikely that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 will sufficiently subside and herd immunity will be established to allow concerts and other live events to resume in 2021," the complaint reads. "Estimates of when this will occur are further complicated by variants of the virus that are already spreading in the United States."
The Chicks' lawsuit goes on to state that W/R/B urged the band to part ways with Live Nation and go with another promoter or even do livestreams instead of IRL concerts. The band, however, said those options were not practical and would have constituted a breach of Live Nation's agreement.