Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton will kick-off her “Blue Smoke World Tour” starting in January, making a few concert appearances in the United States before heading down under for shows in New Zealand and Australia, then onto the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.
“It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA. We’re kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton in a news release.
After a widely successful tour of Australia in 2012, Parton will head down under for her first visit to New Zealand in more than three decades as well as a return visit to Australia.
“Australia, here I come again. We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can’t wait to share it with you. I love my fans in that part of the world. You’ve been so very good to me for so many years, I’m really, really excited to be coming back to New Zealand again after 30 years or so. And I know that we’re gonna have a wonderful time. It’s a long way from home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I’m right at home. So Australia, New Zealand, I’m coming home. Wait up!” Parton says in the release.
After returning home from Australia and New Zealand, Parton will kick off another U.S. run May 22-23 with two shows at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. (The Tulsa concerts aren’t yet listed on the venue’s website, www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.)
She will be back in the Sooner State May 30-31 for two performances at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville. For tickets and information, go to http://winstarworldcasino.com.
In June, Parton will head across the pond for concerts in Europe as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where the Country Music Hall of Famer recorded and filmed “An Evening With…Dolly” (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
“Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago. I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton in the release. “We always have such a good time and I’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love. We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not. If they’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.”
In 2011, Parton continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career, “The Better Day Tour.” During the 2011 tour, she performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, she performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for more than 140,000 people. Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established her as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.
I had to the opportunity to talk to Parton about her 2014 tour and upcoming album “Blue Smoke.” Look for my feature on her closer to those Oklahoma tour dates.
Parton’s 2014 tour dates and venues, so far:
Jan 24th Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Caliente Casino
Jan 25th Primm, NV – Star of the Desert Arena
Jan 26th Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
Jan 28th Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater
NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA Dates
Feb 7th New Zealand, Auckland – Vector Arena
Feb 8th New Zealand, Auckland – Vector Arena **2nd Show
Feb 11th Australia, Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena
Feb 11th Australia, Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena **2nd Show
Feb 15th Australia, NSW, Hunter Valley – Hope Estate
Feb 18th Australia, Sydney – Entertainment Centre
Feb 21st Australia, Brisbane – Entertainment Centre
Feb 22nd Australia, Brisbane – Entertainment Centre **2nd Show
Feb 25th Australia, Adelaide – Entertainment Centre
Feb 27th Australia, Perth – Perth Arena
May 22nd Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino
May 23rd Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino
May 25th Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
May 27th Richmond, KY – EKU Center For The Arts
(St. Mark’s Evening Among Friends)
May 28th Knoxville, TN – University of Tennessee
(Benefiting Dolly’s Imagination Library)
May 30th Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
May 31st Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
U.K. & EUROPE Dates:
Jun 8th England, Liverpool – Echo Arena
Jun 10th Northern Ireland, Belfast – Odyssey Arena
Jun 11th Ireland, Dublin – O2 Arena
Jun 12th Ireland, Cork – Live At The Marquee
Jun 14th England, Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena
Jun 15th Scotland, Aberdeen – GE Arena
Jun 17th Scotland, Glasgow – Hydro Arena
Jun 18th Scotland, Glasgow – Hydro Arena
Jun 20th England, Leeds – First Direct Arena
Jun 21st England, Manchester – Phones 4U Arena
Jun 22nd England, Birmingham – LG Arena
Jun 24th Wales, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Jun 25th Wales, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Jun 27th England, London – O2 Arena
Jun 28th England, London – O2 Arena
Jul 2nd England, Nottingham – Capital FM Arena
Jul 5th Germany, Cologne – LANXESS Arena
Jul 6th Germany, Berlin – o2 World
Jul 8th Denmark, Copenhagen – Forum
Jul 9th Norway, Oslo – Spektrum
Jul 11th Sweden, Stockholm – THE GLOBE