Hello, I'm Dolly Tour
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|Hello, I'm Dolly Tour|
|Tour by Dolly Parton|
|Start date||October 14, 2004|
|End date||December 19, 2004|
|Shows||39 in North America|
|Dolly Parton concert chronology|
After staging the very intimate, club-set Halos & Horns Tour in 2002, Parton returned with a venture on a much larger scale. The Hello, I'm Dolly Tour included new lighting, costumes, and included huge screens on the sides of the stage for each venue. Parton said:
“The show itself has every color of me in it, from gospel to bluegrass to country to the bigger production numbers, and to the pop hits that I've been fortunate to do through the years. I think there will be something for everybody. I wanted to do it in a big way so all of us can enjoy it. My band and I are really looking forward to this!”
The tour was originally slated to promote Blue Smoke, which was to be Parton's new album that was scheduled to include a mix of new Parton material ("I Dreamed About Elvis", "Blue Smoke") as well as new covers of older songs ("Imagine", "Me and Bobby McGee"). The album was supposed to be released after the tour was over, presumably in the beginning of the 2005. Those plans were pushed back however because of Parton's involvement with writing the score to 9 to 5: The Musical . It did eventually come to fruition, albeit becoming an album composed entirely of covers and was renamed Those Were The Days (2005).
Regardless, "Blue Smoke" remains a fan favorite and was incredibly well received during these concerts. "I Dreamed About Elvis" is a Parton-composed song, also slated to appear on the never-released Blue Smoke. The song details the oft-told story that Elvis Presley wanted to record "I Will Always Love You"; those plans were never realized. It too was well received during these shows.
All shows were in theatre-style seating with special large-screen video presentations, wall curtains, lighting and carpeting brought in for these specific concerts. The opening act (and six out of the ten members of Dolly's backing band for her concerts) were then-new bluegrass band The Grascals.
Parton wore three different costumes throughout the tour. All basically the same style, they were white, blue, and pink. Costume changes happened on stage, by Parton using "add-ons." She added a flowing skirt for the piano numbers, a hippee skirt for the covers, and a country-style-type skirt for the "Tennessee Mountain Home" segment. For the encore, she returned wearing a flowy, accordion-sleeve robe.
She played piano on stage for the first time on "The Grass Is Blue" (and later "Brand New Key"). For "Baby It's Cold Outside", her longtime back-up singer Richard Dennison filled in for Rod Stewart with Parton climbing up on the piano with a martini glass and cigarette as a lounge torch singer. During a segment on her prior duets with Kenny Rogers, Parton operated a Rogers ventriloquist's puppet against pre-recorded dialogue by Rogers and later while singing (against pre-recorded vocals by Rogers) "Islands in the Stream". The puppet was used at only a few of the shows during the East Coast portion of the show and the song subsequently dropped from the setlist.
The setlist for the show was changed around quite a bit during the length of the tour. The "Mountain Home" segment, which often occurs towards the beginning of Parton's shows actually ended the shows in the first half of the tour. And in a very-surprising move, at many of the East Coast shows, Parton moved "I Will Always Love You," normally her last song (before an encore) to the middle of the show. (This was to coincide with "I Dreamed About Elvis".)
When the tour returned from a Thanksgiving hiatus in the beginning of December, songs were added and the usual format that Parton had used in earlier tours was reinstated with the "Mountain Home" segment pushed up to its normal place and "I Will Always Love You" again used as the last song before an encore.
- "Hello, I'm Dolly"
- "Two Doors Down" (abbreviated)
- "9 to 5" (abbreviated)
- Hits medley ("Jolene", "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That", "Here You Come Again")
- "The Grass Is Blue" (on piano)
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Richard Dennison)
- "I Dreamed About Elvis"
- "Viva Las Vegas" (with the Grascals)
- "PMS Blues"
- "Blue Smoke"
- "Go to Hell"
- "Me and Bobby McGee"
- "Islands in the Stream" (with Kenny Rogers puppet)
- "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
- "Coat of Many Colors"
- "Smoky Mountain Memories"
- "Thank God I'm a Country Girl"
- "Little Sparrow" (a capella)
- "I Will Always Love You"
- "Hello God" (encore)
Other songs performed
Other songs that were performed at some, not all, shows:
- "Brand New Key"
- "Burnin' Love"
- "Welcome Home"
- "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
- "Rocky Top"
- Cancellations and rescheduled shows
|December 2, 2004||San Antonio, Texas||Theater at the SBC Center||Moved to The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX|
|December 19, 2004||Seattle, Washington||KeyArena||Moved to the Everett Events Center in Everett, WA|
- Monitor Engineer: Bryan Vasquez
- System Tech: Bryan W. Baxley
- FOH Engineer: Matt Naylor
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- Jennings, Steve (February 1, 2005). "All Access: Dolly Parton". Mix Magazine Online. NewBay Media, LLC. Retrieved November 9, 2013.