Dolly Parton Performs New Song In Rock Hall Of Fame Induction
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The closing performance of this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was delivered by Dolly Parton singing her new original song, “Rockin.'”
The music legend came strolling out in a leather outfit and said, “And you thought I couldn’t rock!” then started an electric-guitar strum from Pete Townshend. Parton said in a statement that this new song was written specifically for her performance in Los Angeles. She said:
“It’s a fine little song, and it’s real rock-y, so I’ll have something fun to play off of, to ease some of the tension.”
In an earlier performance, Parton joined Brandi Carlile for an opening rendition of “Coat of Many Colors.” Following that, Sheryl Crow then covered “9 to 5” with Zac Brown. An all-star rendition of her signature song “Jolene” closed Parton’s segment. There she was joined by her fellow 2022 inductees Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Simon Le Bon, Rob Halford, and Eurythmics.
After her segment, a tribute performance to the late Jerry Lee Lewis was delivered by Bruce Springsteen performing “High School Hop” and “Great Balls of Fire” with John Mellencamp. Shortly after her nomination, Parton requested to remove herself from the nominees, saying:
“I really do not want votes to be split because of me, so I must respectfully bow out.”
Despite the request, Rock Hall confirmed that her name would remain on the ballot. Later on, she stated that if ever she will be inducted, she would “accept gracefully. … I, of all people, would never want to stir up any kind of controversy, I am not that person,” and added:
“But also I am not the kind of person to avoid the truth of how I’m feeling about a thing.”
Meanwhile, the singer revealed that she is planning to make a rock album and it will most likely include “Rockin’.” She also declared that she is interested in collaborating with others on it. She said:
“My husband is a big hard rock ‘n’ roll fan, and for years I thought, ‘One of these days I’d like to do an album mainly just for him, just to kind of do it.’
“When I got nominated, I thought, ‘Why not just go ahead and do it while the iron’s hot? Maybe have some of the greats, the legends of rock ‘n’ roll sing along with me.”
Watch her performance below.