Dolly Parton, who is now officially a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, is finally getting around to recording a passion project she’s always wanted to release… a rock record.
And she’s calling in some fellow musical legends to do it.
Titled Rock Star, the album will feature songs like the Rolling Stones classic “Satisfaction,” as well as Prince’s “Purple Rain,” Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and even Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird.”
It’s gonna be loaded with rock standards and classics:
“It’s gonna come out next Fall, and you know what I’m callin’ it… ‘Rock Star’ is the name of it. Well actually, I am gonna have some cameo people and a few originals.
We’re gonna have a lot of great iconic songs, like ‘Purple Rain,’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ and ‘Free Bird,’ I even did ‘Free Bird.’ But I’m gonna have a few guest artists.”
During a recent appearance on The View, she revealed that Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, former Journey singer Steve Perry, Paul McCartney, John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks and possibly Cher, will all be featured artist on the tracklist:
“We’ve got a lot of great artists, iconic singers, that are gonna actually be on with us. So I’m looking forward to it, I’m even gonna have Cher on!
I’ve been getting a song for her, we’ve been trying to get the right thing together. But that’s gonna be a big thrill.”
However one is holding out, and it might be Dolly’s favorite.
According to USA Today, Dolly is still trying to convince Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to do a duet, and if not, there will be reprecussions:
“I wanted a song for just me and Mick – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” – and Brandi and Pink are now singing on it.
I’m still waiting for Mick to come on back. He might come through. If not, I’ll kick his bony ass when I see him!”
John Fogerty recently shared a photo with her in the studio:
She also debuted a new song called “Rock Song” at her Hall of Fame ceremony:
You can check out the full interview with her here:
Dolly Parton Joined By Duran Duran, Judas Priest & More For “Jolene”
The great Dolly Parton is officially a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After initially declining the invitation, the country music legend was inducted as one of the members in the 2022 class last night, alongside the likes of Eminem, Duran Duran, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon.
Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received the Musical Excellence Award, Harry Belafonte and Elizabeth Cotten the Early Influence Award, and Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson the Ahmet Ertegun Award.
Dave Grohl, Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani, Ed Sheeran, Olivia Rodrigo, Bruce Springsteen, Zac Brown, Brandi Carlile, Lenny Kravitz, and more were on hand for introduction, presentations and performances… it was a star-studded night.
One of the highlights though, has to be the monster performance of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” that featured the likes of Duran Duran, Judas Priest, Sheryl Crow, Pink, Pat Benatar, and more.
With each artist taking turns with the lines, it was quite the powerful performance.
Dolly also debuted a brand new rock song, titled “Rockin'” that she wrote for the induction, saying:
“If I’m going to go in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m going to have to earn it.”
She recently announced that she’ll be working on a rock album as well.
It was also sadly revealed that Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. He was unable to attend the ceremony.
The 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony was filmed at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater, and will be broadcast November 19th on HBO.