The Dixie Chicks have made it clear -- they're not ready to make nice. The group proved that by their choice of opening music last night at New York City 's Madison Square Garden. As the best-selling female group of all time took the stage, their backing band played -- no kidding -- 'Hail to the Chief.' Laughter and applause filled the Garden, proving there are country fans who support the Chicks' political outspokenness.

But politics were not on the remaining agenda for the night, as the Chicks brilliantly tore through new songs from their million-selling album, 'Taking the Long Way,' as well as old hits like 'Goodbye Earl,' 'Cowboy Take Me Away' and 'Wide Open Spaces.'

The Chicks elicited more laughter as lead singer Natalie Maines dedicated the humorous 'White Trash Wedding' to Mel Gibson, sarcastically praising the actor for checking into rehab.

"You know how it is when you're drunk," she said, in reference to Gibson's anti-Semitic rant during his DUI arrest last week. "All of our controversy would have been over if I had checked myself into rehab and said I was drunk and didn't know what I was saying."

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