Halos & Horns Tour

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Halos & Horns Tour
Tour by Dolly Parton
Start date May 17, 2002
End date December 14, 2002
Legs 2
Shows 18 in North America
7 in Europe
25 in total
Dolly Parton concert chronology
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The Halos & Horns Tour in 2002 was Dolly Parton's first major concert tour in 10 years and was to promote the release of her album Halos & Horns (2002). The tour started in the United States, moved to Ireland and England, before returning to the U.S. to finish.


In the early 1990s Parton had stopped the grueling tour schedule that she had worked for most of her career; she was tired of it and did not see fit to keep a band on payroll. She continued to do casino shows in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Las Vegas, Nevada, and she also performed (usually annually) themed concerts at her Dollywood theme park.

With the resurgence of sorts of her career with the release of the album The Grass Is Blue (1999), Parton toyed with the idea of mounting a tour to promote the album. Scheduling conflicts with the many talented, and booked, musicians who played on the album prohibited the tour and the subsequent one which would have promoted the album Little Sparrow (2001). Parton did do some promotional concerts for the albums. She also appeared at the MerleFest at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on April 28, 2001, and performed a set list that comprised songs from the two albums as well as her greatest hits.

During Dollywood's opening weekend in April 2002, it was announced that Parton would release a new album, Halos & Horns, and would launch her first tour in a decade. The tour was promoted and produced by House of Blues. The venues were mainly club settings and seated somewhere between 1,000 and 2,500. Subsequently, every date on the tour sold out. Most reviews praised Parton and her recent bluegrass/folk releases.

Parton stated in interviews to promote the album and tour that the shows she would be performing would be very simple. There was no glitz or lights or video monitors that she had employed with her earlier tours in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Most of the songs that made up the set list were in the country/bluegrass/folk vein, although Parton did include her biggest pop hits in an a cappella medley. "9 to 5" was treated to a very stripped down, bluegrass treatment, garnering mixed reviews from fans.[citation needed]


The set list for the shows comprised mostly songs from Parton's previous three Sugar Hill Records releases along with her biggest hits. It remained essentially the same, although song orders were rearranged as the tour progressed and Parton added songs here and there.

The main set list was:

  1. "Orange Blossom Special"
  2. "Train Train"
  3. "The Grass Is Blue"
  4. "Mountain Angel"
  5. "Shine"
  6. "Little Sparrow"
  7. "Rocky Top"
  8. "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
  9. "Coat of Many Colors"
  10. "Smoky Mountain Memories"
  11. "Applejack"
  12. "Marry Me"
  13. "Halos & Horns"
  14. "I'm Gone"
  15. "Dagger Through the Heart"
  16. "If"
  17. Honky Tonk Songs (with the band)
  18. "9 to 5"
  19. "Jolene"
  20. Medley (a cappella) - "Islands in the Stream", "Here You Come Again", "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That" and "Two Doors Down"
  21. "After the Goldrush"
  22. "I Will Always Love You"

Songs that were performed at some shows, but not all,

  1. "Color Me America"
  2. "Calm on the Water"
  3. "Try"
  4. "Down from Dover"
  5. Silly-song medley - "I Don't Wanna Throw Rice", "He's a Go Getter" and "I'll Oilwells Love You"
  6. "Stairway to Heaven"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
July 10, 2002 New York City United States Irving Plaza
July 15, 2002 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
July 20, 2002 Nashville Grand Ole Opry House
July 21, 2002 Ryman Auditorium
July 25, 2002 Atlanta Earthlink Live
July 29, 2002 New Orleans House of Blues
August 3, 2002 Dallas Granada Theater
August 7, 2002 West Hollywood House of Blues
August 10, 2002 Las Vegas
August 13, 2002 Denver Paramount Theatre
August 17, 2002 Chicago House of Blues
August 21, 2002 Lowell Lowell Memorial Auditorium
August 28, 2002 St. Louis The Pageant Concert NightClub
August 31, 2002 Kansas City Uptown Theater
September 4, 2002 Sioux Falls Husby Performing Arts Center
November 12, 2002 Manchester England Bridgewater Hall
November 18, 2002 London Carling Apollo Hammersmith
November 19, 2002
November 23, 2002 Belfast Northern Ireland Waterfront Hall
November 26, 2002 Glasgow Scotland Clyde Auditorium
November 27, 2002
November 29, 2002 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
North America
December 12, 2002 Pigeon Forge United States Celebrity Theater
December 13, 2002

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