She's back! And she ain't messing around this time!
Dolly Parton announced today that not only will she be releasing a brand new album this summer, called Better Day, but she'll be embarking on a massive world tour through the US, the UK, Europe, and Australia to promote it!
The iconic singer will be premiering her lead single, Together You & I, as part of a live performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show May 26th, with the album following in either June or July!
'I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational. Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought BETTER DAY was a perfect title because it says 'hope.' I wrote all the songs for this one; plus, I think it may be a little more contemporary than what I usually do. I'm very excited, first of all, to be going back on tour at all. But I love the fans and I miss the live stage shows. With the new stage show I hope to have a lot of new things for the fans, especially all the new songs from the BETTER DAY CD and some new and different segments in the show with a lot more fun things as well. Of course, we will always be doing our biggest and most popular songs. We're looking for a good time for ourselves as well as for the fans.'
So exciting! It really sounds as though she put a lot of thought into this whole project, and we think it's going to show - in the music AND the live tour!
We're so thrilled!
Welcome back, Dolly! It's been far too long!
Check out the Better Day tracklist and Parton's upcoming tour dates…AFTER THE JUMP!
[Image via WENN.]
-In the Meantime -Just Leaving -Missing You -Together You & I -Country Is -Holding Everything -The Sacrafice -I Just Might -Better Day -Shine Like the Sun -Get Out -Let Love Grow
The initial North American and UK/European dates are listed below, with the Australian dates to be announced shortly.
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Date - City/State - Venue Sun 17 Jul - Knoxville, TN - UT Thompson Boling Arena Tue 19 Jul - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie Wed 20 Jul - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino Fri 22 Jul - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl Sat 23 Jul - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl Sun 24 Jul - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion Wed 27 Jul - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino Thu 28 Jul - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater Sat 30 Jul - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre Sun 31 Jul - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Tue 02 Aug - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center Wed 03 Aug - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater @ Encore Park
Sat 20 Aug - Glasgow - SECC Arena Sun 21 Aug - Glasgow - SECC Arena Mon 22 Aug - Nottingham - Nottingham Arena Thu 25 Aug - Copenhagen - Copenhagen Forum Sat 27 Aug - Stockholm - Globe Arena Sun 28 Aug - Gothenburg, Swed. - Scandinavium Wed 31 Aug - Liverpool - Echo Arena Fri 02 Sept - Birmingham - LG Arena Sat 03 Sept - Cardiff - CIA Arena Sun 04 Sept - Cardiff - CIA Arena Tue 06 Sept - Bournemouth - BIC Wed 07 Sept - London - O2 Arena Thu 08 Sept - London - O2 Arena Sat 10 Sept - Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena Sun 11 Sept - Manchester - Evening News Arena Mon 12 Sept - Sheffield - Motorpoint Arena Wed 14 Sept - Dublin, IRE - O2 Arena Thu 15 Sept - Belfast, IRE - Odyssey Arena