By Brent Furdyk.

Dolly Parton’s touring days are over.

In a new interview with Pollstar, the country music icon revealed that she doesn’t see herself embarking on any more concert tours.

“I do not think I will ever tour again,” she admitted, adding, “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. I’ve done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy.”


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As Parton explained, given that she’s now 76 and husband Carl Dean is 80, the idea of spending weeks on the road holds little appeal.

“I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time,” she said. “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.”


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While fans may no longer experience the thrill of Parton coming to them in person, she’s confident that technology has given her the tools to maintain a connection with them.

“I don’t ever feel separated from my fans because in this high-tech world, you can be right with them,” said Parton. “You can do special shows in special ways. I will be doing some of that.”


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Embarking on a full-fledged tour, however, is simply too massive an undertaking. “But you’ve got to work for weeks to work up a great new show, a new tour they haven’t seen,” she added. “It takes months to actually plan a tour, as far as booking dates and all that. Then you’ve got to be gone for all that time, too. It’s more involved than people have any idea. You really need a year, and certainly six months, to plan a great tour, just preparing to get ready to go hit the road. So you can’t just go out and do a few shows, you really have to commit to doing enough shows to make all that time and effort pay off.”

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