Dolly Parton Explains Decision To Cover Led Zeppelin’s ‘stairway To Heaven’ On Her ‘rockstar’ Album

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Global superstar and recently inducted Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer, Dolly Parton, is making waves in the music industry once again. This time, she has teamed up with some of the biggest names in rock music to create her first-ever rock album, aptly titled “Rockstar.” With an all-star lineup of musicians and a collection of 30 songs, including nine original tracks and 21 iconic rock anthems, Parton’s “Rockstar” is set to take the world by storm. The album is scheduled for a global release on November 17, and fans will be able to enjoy it in various formats, including a four-LP set, a two-CD set, digital download, and streaming services.

Inspired by Love: Dolly’s Tribute to Her Husband

In an interview with, Dolly Parton revealed that each song on “Rockstar” is inspired by her husband, Carl Dean. It turns out that Carl has a particular fondness for the legendary rock band LED ZEPPELIN’s timeless classic, “Stairway To Heaven,” which Parton decided to cover on the album. Interestingly, her first attempt at covering the track didn’t quite impress Carl. He humorously commented that her rendition was more like “Stairwell To Hell” than “Stairway To Heaven.” However, Dolly was undeterred by his opinion and decided to take on the challenge anyway.

Parton’s collaboration with Lizzo on “Stairway To Heaven” promises to be a remarkable highlight of the album. Additionally, she joins forces with her goddaughter Miley Cyrus on a rendition of “Wrecking Ball.” Fans can also look forward to hearing Parton’s unique interpretation of THE ROLLING STONES’ “Satisfaction,” featuring P!nk and Brandi Carlile. Other notable collaborations include Dolly and Elton John’s rendition of Elton’s 1974 hit “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” as well as a duet with Chris Stapleton on Bob Seger and THE SILVER BULLET BAND’s “Night Moves.”

An All-Star Lineup of Musical Legends

Dolly Parton has assembled an impressive roster of musicians for her rock album. The list includes iconic artists such as Rob Halford from JUDAS PRIEST, Nikki Sixx and John 5 from MÖTLEY CRÜE, Steven Tyler from AEROSMITH, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Kid Rock, and Ann Wilson from HEART. Joining them are legendary figures like Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr from the BEATLES, Stevie Nicks from FLEETWOOD MAC, Peter Frampton, Pat Benatar, and Debbie Harry from BLONDIE. With such an extraordinary lineup, “Rockstar” promises to be an unparalleled musical experience.

“World On Fire”: A Powerful Message for Our Times

One of the original tracks on the album, “World On Fire,” was released on May 11. Dolly Parton expressed in a press release that she felt “inspired” to write this poignant song as it speaks to the current state of the world. The lyrics touch on various issues, particularly focusing on politics. Dolly sings, “Don’t get me started on politics / Now how are we to live in a world like this / Greedy politicians present and past / They wouldn’t know the truth if it bit ’em in the ass.”

When asked about the specific politicians she refers to in the song, Dolly answered, “All of them. Any of ’em.” She believes that many politicians prioritize their party’s interests over the needs of the people

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