The country music trio kicked off its first headlining tour in America in 10 years this week in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the reunited Grammy winners weren’t afraid to make their US homecoming a controversial night to remember.
During a performance of their hit song Goodbye Earl, which chronicles the tale of a group of women who murder a wife beater, images of abusive men throughout history were beamed onto a large screen behind the singers.
One image featured real estate mogul-turned politician Trump with doodles of a moustache, goatee and devil horns on his head.
Outspoken band member Natalie Maines previously shared her dislike for Trump earlier this year, tweeting, “As long as Donald Trump’s decisions for America are as solid as his decision about his hair, we’re in good shape.”
Comments Maines made about then-US president George W Bush’s decision to invade Iraq during a concert in England in 2003 landed the music group in hot water.
“We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas,” she told the crowd at the time.
The comments almost ended the trio’s career after angry Bush supporters and patriots joined forces to boycott the band and stage CD-burning parties. The fallout affected the band’s sales, radio play and business deals.
Maines reflected on the controversy in 2013, telling Rolling Stone, the backlash over her concert comments left her with a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.