It looks like Dolly Parton may be striking "while the iron is hot," as she's considering finally putting together a Rock-inspired record in celebration of her Rock Hall induction.
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Could some of the songwriters themselves, namely Led Zeppelin's famously distant Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, actually come together for Dolly's epic idea? “When I got nominated, I thought, ‘Why not just go ahead and do it while the iron’s hot,'" Parton said of her plans for a Rock-flavored album in a recent interview with Pollstar. “Maybe have some of the greats, the legends of Rock ’n’ Roll sing along with me. I’m gathering all that stuff and notifying a few people.”
“All those things from the Rock field were my husband’s idea,” she explained of her performance of similarly off-brand songs in the past. “Though he did not like it when I was going to do ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ But I’m going to redo that really on the money... and do it more true to the regular record. I’m trying to see if Robert Plant might sing on it. Maybe Jimmy Page might do the pick-up part on it. I’m looking forward to dragging in some of the great classic people, girls and boys, to sing on some of the songs.”
Robert Plant, for one, might prove difficult to convince, admitting earlier this year he felt, "going back to the font to get some kind of massive applause," by performing full Led Zep sets, "doesn’t really satisfy my need to be stimulated."
Although, with Dolly's induction this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and this exciting new album that she's building -- not to mention her admission in the same interview that touring for her is now a thing of the past -- perhaps she is the one person who can make the impossible happen.
"I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then," Parton said in the same interview. "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."
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Dolly says she’s already written one song inspired by her Rock Hall induction invitation, which she plans to perform at the ceremony on November 5. It's "a fine, cute little Rock ‘n’ Roll song," she says, "called ‘Rockin.’ You know, listening to Elvis and Journey and Chuck Berry; all those great people. It’s a fine little song, and it’s real rocky, so I’ll have something fun to play.”
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