Dolly Parton Makes Surprise Tour Announcement After Retiring in 2022

Back in 2022, Dolly Parton revealed that even though she plans to continue to make new music, she has decided to stop touring for good.

“I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then,” she revealed while talking with Pollstar. “…It takes so much time and energy,” Parton added when talking about “full-blown tours.”

The news broke the hearts of her biggest fans who had hoped they might be able to see her perform at least one more time live. But it’s understandable.

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Well, now, they are getting that wish, sort of.

In a report from Variety, Parton and her team have announced “Dolly Parton’s Threads: My Songs in Symphony.”

The shows will showcase a new “multimedia symphonic story-telling experience,” which includes much of Parton’s discography and the stories behind each song, told by Dolly herself.

As Variety reports, the shows in feature “Dolly’s songs and the stories behind them in an innovative multimedia symphonic experience featuring Dolly on screen, leading audiences in a visual-musical journey of her songs, her life and her stories.”

This makes it possible for Parton to tour her music without leaving home for an extended period of time.

“I’m just so excited to share my songs and the stories behind them in this beautiful new way,” Parton told Variety in a statement. “‘Threads: My Songs in Symphony’is like a journey through the heartstrings of my life. I hope we can take it far and wide to symphony orchestras everywhere.” 

The tour is set to begin on March 20, 2025 at the Nashville Symphony.

Co-producer of the tour Schirmer Theatrical president Robert Thompson told Variety, partnering with the country music icon on this project “is an honor.”

“Bringing the genius, music, life and legacy of Dolly Parton to symphonic audiences is an honor for us. Audiences will hear for the first time Dolly’s songs performed by orchestras worldwide in this innovative symphonic storytelling experience.”

This isn’t the only thing on Parton’s plate either. 

She and her sister, Rachel have a cookbook coming out in September.

“Well, what’s cookin’, good lookin’? It’s our new cookbook,” Parton shared with her followers. “I wrote this book with my sister, Rachel, who might just be the best cook I know.”

And fans are excited for it. “I love getting new recipes!!! Love you, Dolly.”

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