Dolly Parton has recently expressed her hesitation on giving up live shows. She would rather ‘drop dead’ on stage, instead of retiring. The 77 year old country icon revealed during an interview that she has no intentions of slowing down her music career.
“I would never retire!” the ‘Jolene’ singer stated. “I would hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song on stage someday – and hopefully one I’ve written.”
“That’s how I hope to go,” she added. “I don’t have much of a choice in that but, in the meantime, I’m going to make hay while the sun shines.”
Even though she refused to give up on live shows, she did admit that her extensive days of touring are over. She would rather focus on fewer “special” appearances than embark on an endless string of live dates.
“I’m not touring anymore but I will continue to do special shows here and there now and then like a long weekend or festival shows,” she said. “But as far as touring I think those days are pretty much behind me… you have to stay gone so long on a tour to make it productive and prosperous and that’s a lot of time at my age – I ain’t got no years to waste!”
Parton’s upcoming rock album is set to release later this year and is titled, ‘Rockstar’. The tracklist will feature many of the greats including Sting, Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry, Steve Perry, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, and others. The singer released the single ‘Bygones’ in June from the album — which sees her team up with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx.
Another single called, ‘Magic Man’ was released at the same time with ‘Bygones’. The song is a duet between Ann Wilson and Dolly Parton and is dedicated to Parton’s husband Carl.
Elsewhere in the interview, the singer revealed that she would like to have a TV series about her, which should be titled as, ’The Life of Many Colours’. She would want the series to reveal “stuff that people haven’t seen or heard about me and where I come from and how I got to be how and who I am. The bad, the good and the ugly!”
She also mentioned that she would like to venture out into other avenues: “I’d like to just host more TV shows, do more movies. I want to have my own line of make-up, own line of wigs and clothes… Once you get to a certain place in your career you get a lot of offers and some of them are just really hard to turn down!”