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Queen of Country Back in the UK
Country Music icon Dolly Parton returns to the UK next year to support the release of her new album, Blue Smoke. The 67-year-old legend will play 13 shows in Britain and Ireland, including Birmingham's LG Arena on June 22.
Country Music legend: Dolly Parton
"Every time I come to Europe I'm just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago,'' Dolly says. ''I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans, we always have such a good time. 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 Dolly completed the most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career. During The Better Day World Tour she enjoyed record-breaking attendances, beating previous records she set in 2008 when she played to over 170,000 fans at 17 European shows. In 2007 she'd played 21 European shows for over 140,000 people. Each of these treks grossed tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe's favourite and most successful country artist.
Photo opportunity: Your humble scribe meets Dolly Parton
The Blue Smoke album will be released worldwide on Dolly Records, although an on-sale date has not yet been set.
Dolly Parton's 2014 Blue Smoke World Tour UK and Ireland dates:
June 8: Echo Arena, Liverpool; June 10: Odyssey Arena, Belfast; June 11: O2 Arena, Dublin; June 12: Live at The Marquee, Cork; June 14: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle; June 15: GE Oil & Gas Arena, Aberdeen; June 17: SSE Arena, Glasgow;
June 20: First Direct Arena, Leeds;
June 21: Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester;
June 22: LG Arena, Birmingham;
June 24: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff;
June 27: O2 Arena, London;
July 2: Capital FM Arena, Nottingham.