Dolly Parton Says She’ll Never Retire: “I’ll Hopefully Drop Dead In The Middle Of A Song On Stage”

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It wouldn’t be the worst way to go, I guess…

Dolly Parton is gearing up to release her first full-fledged rock and roll project Rockstar on November 17th, which features an absolutely all-star cast full of rock icons and legends on a good majority of the songs.

She’s doing tons of covers, notably getting the surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr back together, along with Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood, to cover “Let It Be.”

And in a recent interview with Greatest Hits Radio’s Ken Bruce, she says part of the reason she wanted to do the project was to “earn her keep” in the rock and roll hall of fame, but also because it’s always been a dream of hers:

“I always believed that if you wanted your dreams to come true and you were lucky enough to have that happen, then you gotta be responsible… you gotta keep the dream alive.

Every dream spawns another dream, you can branch off of almost anything that happens and make a business out of it, as well.”

She also added that it certainly won’t be her last project, saying she she would “never retire” as long as she and her husband are both healthy, and she hopes she’ll just “drop dead in the middle of a song on stage.”

And in true Dolly singer-songwriter fashion, she really hopes it will be while she’s performing a song she’s written herself:

“I’m not one to sit around doing nothing — I would never retire. I’ll just hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song on stage some day, and hopefully one I’ve written.

That’s how I hope to go, because we don’t have much of a choice in that. As long as I’m able to work, as long as my health is good and my husband is good, the only way I would ever slow down or stop would be for that reason.

But in the meantime, I’m gonna make hay while the sun shines.”

Amen to that, Dolly… long live the Queen.

You can watch her full interview here:

So far, Dolly’s released three singles from Rockstar“World On Fire,” “Magic Man (Carl Version) ft. Ann Wilson” and “Bygones ft. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5,” and the full album will be out everywhere on November 17th.

“World On Fire”


Rockstar tracklist:

1. Rock Star (special guest Richie Sambora)
2. World on Fire
3. Every Breath You Take (feat. Sting)
4. Open Arms (feat. Steve Perry)
5. Magic Man (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
6. Long As I Can See The Light (feat. John Fogerty)
7. Either Or (feat. Kid Rock)
8. I Want You Back (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
9. What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
10. Purple Rain
11. Baby, I Love Your Way (feat. Peter Frampton)
12. I Hate Myself For Loving You (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
13. Night Moves (feat. Chris Stapleton)
14. Wrecking Ball (feat. Miley Cyrus)
15. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile)
16. Keep On Loving You (feat. Kevin Cronin)
17. Heart Of Glass (feat. Debbie Harry)
18. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (feat. Elton John)
19. Tried To Rock And Roll Me (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
20. Stairway To Heaven (feat. Lizzo & Sasha Flute)
21. We Are The Champions
22. Bygones (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5)
23. My Blue Tears (feat. Simon Le Bon)
24. What’s Up? (feat. Linda Perry)
25. You’re No Good (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow)
26. Heartbreaker (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
27. Bittersweet (feat. Michael McDonald)
28. I Dreamed About Elvis (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest The Jordanaires)
29. Let It Be (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood)
30. Free Bird (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)

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