Dolly Parton tours the world behind "Better Day"
After three years without touring, Dolly Parton has just announced the 2011 "Better Day World Tour," scheduled to kick off this July in her native Tennessee and hit arenas and theaters across the U.S., Northern Europe and Australia.
The U.S. and European dates have already been published, with the Australian dates expected to follow shortly. Her 2007 and 2008 European tours cemented Parton's status as Europe's most successful country artist, and she will perform no fewer than 18 shows in the British Isles and Scandinavia this time around.
The tour will follow the release of Dolly's upcoming album entitled, not surprisingly, "Better Day". It will be the fourth release on her own label, Dolly Records, which was started in 2008 and has produced an album a year from the country superstar.
Parton has been inspiring people with her music for over 40 years now, charting more than 25 No. 1 singles over her long career, and she hopes her latest release will provide even more inspiration. As she explains in a press release, "times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought "Better Day" was the perfect title because it says 'hope.'"
In that spirit, proceeds from the tour's first show in Knoxville will go to benefit Parton's Dollywood Foundation, specifically her Imagination Library program, which promotes the importance of reading to children in the first five years of life by providing each child in a participating community with one book a month until the age of five. To date the Imagination Library has distributed 33 million books to over 1,200 communities in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom.
17 - Knoxville, TN - University of Tennessee - Thompson Boling Arena
19 - Dallas, TX - Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie
20 - Albuquerque, NM - Sandia Casino
22, 23 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
24 - Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
27 - Prior Lake, MN - Mystic Lake Casino
28 - Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theater
30 - Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
31 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
2 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
3 - Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater @ Encore Park
20, 21 - Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow SECC
22 - Nottingham, England - Nottingham Arena
25 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhagen Forum
27 - Stockholm, Sweden - Globe Arena
28 - Goteborg, Sweden - Gothenburg Scandinavium
31 - Liverpool, England - Echo Arena
2 - Birmingham, England - LG Arena
3, 4 - Cardiff, Wales - CIA Arena
6 - Bournemouth, England - Bournemouth BIC
7, 8 - London, England - O2 Arena
10 - Newcastle, England - Metro Radio Arena
11 - Manchester, England - Evening News Arena
12 - Sheffield, England - Motorpoint Arena
14 - Dublin, Ireland - O2 Arena
15 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - Odyssey Arena