Dolly Parton's touring days are behind her. While she's certainly not done with performing, she recently told Pollstar, “I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I'll do special shows here and there, now and then. 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.”
Dolly cites the time and energy it takes to endure a tour, in addition just to wanting to stay close to home and to her husband of more than 50 years, Carl Dean. She said, “We're getting older now, and I don't want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I would not feel right about that, if I were gone and somebody needed me. 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.”
Dolly, who is 76, completed her last tour in 2016, playing 60 shows across North America.
Dolly also says she's working on a rock album and would love to enlist Stevie Nicks or Lady Gaga to make a guest appearance.
Her new holiday special, Dolly Parton's Magic Mountain Christmas, is set to air on NBC on December 1st at 8 p.m. ET. The show features guest appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, Zach Williams and Miley Cyrus.
In the meantime, Dolly will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 5th in Los Angeles.