28 October 2022

Dolly Parton reportedly won’t ever tour again

The ‘9 to 5’ country sensation is hanging up her boots to spend time at home with her husband.

Dolly Parton, 76, has told Pollstar “I don’t think I will ever tour again”. Known for her blonde mane and glam country getup, the singer went on to say why she would like to leave tours behind and stay at home because “something could happen.

“I would not feel right about that, if I were gone and somebody needed me,” she added. 

The quiet retirement comes after her last few performances in 2022, which took up a lot of her energy. She was seen at the ACM awards and SXSW this year, as well as a handful of others, but has no set plans for 2023.

The singer has been recording since 1956 with her first tune ‘Puppy Love’ for Goldband Records, which was delivered at the age of 13. She has smashed records ever since with the much-loved likes of ‘Jolene’ — which was her first number one and all-time bestseller. 

The country star has been performing for 66 years, and will be taking time at home to help her husband who has health concerns. She passed on plans to play the 2015 Superbowl with Katy Perry before this to also spend time with her spouse, but says she isn’t ruling out any “special shows” that may come up in the future.

Concerned about her fans, she thanks the digital world so that she won’t “ever feel separated from my fans because in this high-tech world, you can be right with them”.

  • Writer Ella Chadwick
  • Banner Image Credit 'The Essential Dolly Parton' album cover

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