Time to Say Goodbye to Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton In New York

Photo: Hulton Archive

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see Dolly Parton in concert you may be out of luck. In a new interview with Pollstar, the singing legend, who is about to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, says she has retired from touring.

“I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then,” Dolly shares. “Maybe do a long weekend of shows, or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore.”

She explains, “I’ve done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy. I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband,” noting, “We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time.”

Dolly says she’s also worried “something could happen,” noting, “I would not feel right about that, if I were gone and somebody needed me,” adding, “Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if somebody got sick at home and needed me and then I had to walk out on the fans.” 

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