Dolly Parton: I’d rather die on stage than retire

By MediaMonkey

July 17, 2023

In the end, we all want to go peacefully in our beds or doing something we love, as long as we don’t love flying a jumbo jet. It turns out, Dolly Parton is happy with the latter, so happy, she’s never going to retire.

Speaking to Ken Bruce, she said “‘I would never retire!… I would hopefully drop dead in the middle of a song on stage someday – and hopefully one I’ve written.”

“That’s how I hope to go,” she added. “I don’t have much of a choice in that but, in the meantime, I’m going to make hay while the sun shines.”

“I’m not touring anymore but I will continue to do special shows here and there now and then like a long weekend or festival shows,” she said. “But as far as touring I think those days are pretty much behind me… you have to stay gone so long on a tour to make it productive and prosperous and that’s a lot of time at my age – I ain’t got no years to waste!”

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