Hello I'm Dolly Tour: Wikis


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Hello, I'm Dolly Tour
Dolly singing "Hello, I'm Dolly," the opening number of the show.
Tour by Dolly Parton
Start date October 14, 2004
End date December 19, 2004
Legs 1
Shows 36 in the United States
3 in Canada
39 in total
Dolly Parton tour chronology
Halos & Horns Tour
Hello, I'm Dolly Tour
The Vintage Tour

The Hello, I'm Dolly Tour in 2004 was Dolly Parton's first concert tour since 2002, her first major tour in a decade, and her largest tour in two decades.



After staging the very intimate, club-set Halos & Horns Tour in 2002, Parton returned with a venture on a much-larger scale. The Hello, I'm Dolly Tour included new lighting, costumes, and included huge screens on the sides of the stage for each venue. Parton said:

“The show itself has every color of me in it, from gospel to bluegrass to country to the bigger production numbers, and to the pop hits that I've been fortunate to do through the years. I think there will be something for everybody. I wanted to do it in a big way so all of us can enjoy it. My band and I are really looking forward to this!”

The tour was originally slated to promote Blue Smoke, which was to be Parton's new album that was scheduled to include a mix of new Parton material ("I Dreamed About Elvis", "Blue Smoke") as well as new covers of older songs ("Imagine", "Me and Bobby McGee"). The album was supposed to be released after the tour was over, presumably in the beginning of the 2005. Those plans were pushed back however because of Parton's involvement with writing the score to 9 to 5: The Musical . It did eventually come to fruition, albeit becoming an album composed entirely of covers and was renamed Those Were The Days (2005).

Regardless, "Blue Smoke" remains a fan favorite and was incredibly well received during these concerts. "I Dreamed About Elvis" is a Parton-composed song, also slated to appear on the never-released Blue Smoke. The song details the oft-told story that Elvis Presley wanted to record "I Will Always Love You"; those plans were never realized. It too was well received during these shows.

The show

All shows were in theatre-style seating with special large-screen video presentations, wall curtains, lighting and carpeting brought in for these specific concerts. The opening act (and six out of the ten members of Dolly's backing band for her concerts) were then-new bluegrass band The Grascals.

Parton wore three different costumes throughout the tour. All basically the same style, they were white, blue, and pink. Costume changes happened on stage, by Parton using "add-ons." She added a flowing skirt for the piano numbers, a hippee skirt for the covers, and a country-style-type skirt for the "Tennessee Mountain Home" segment. For the encore, she returned wearing a flowy, accordion-sleeve robe.

She played piano on stage for the first time on "The Grass Is Blue" (and later "Brand New Key"). For "Baby It's Cold Outside", her longtime back-up singer Richard Dennison filled in for Rod Stewart with Parton climbing up on the piano with a martini glass and cigarette as a lounge torch singer. During a segment on her prior duets with Kenny Rogers, Parton operated a Rogers ventriloquist's puppet against pre-recorded dialogue by Rogers and later while singing (against pre-recorded vocals by Rogers) "Islands in the Stream". The puppet was used at only a few of the shows during the East Coast portion of the show and the song subsequently dropped from the setlist.

2004 Tour dates

Date City State/Province Venue
October 14 Greenville South Carolina BI-LO Center
October 15* Atlanta Georgia Fox Theatre
October 16-17* Biloxi Mississippi Grand Casino Biloxi
October 19 Cleveland Ohio Gund Arena
October 20 Columbus Ohio Jerome Schottenstein Center
October 22-24* Toronto Ontario (Canada) Casino Rama Events Centre
October 26 Detroit Michigan Fox Theatre
October 27* Ashwaubenon Wisconsin Resch Center
October 29 Saint Paul Minnesota Xcel Energy Center
October 30 Omaha Nebraska Qwest Center Omaha
October 31 St. Louis Missouri Savvis Center
November 4 Raleigh North Carolina RBC Center
November 6 Norfolk Virginia Norfolk Scope
November 7 Winston-Salem North Carolina Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 11 East Rutherford New Jersey Continental Airlines Arena
November 12* Atlantic City New Jersey Caesars Atlantic City (Circus Maximus Theatre)
November 13* Uncasville Connecticut Mohegan Sun Arena
November 14 Fairfax Virginia Patriot Center
November 17 Albany New York Pepsi Arena
November 18 Philadelphia Pennsylvania Wachovia Spectrum
November 19 Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
November 20* Reading Pennsylvania Sovereign Center
November 21 State College Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center
December 2 Austin Texas Frank Erwin Center
December 3* Dallas Texas American Airlines Center
December 5 Houston Texas Toyota Center
December 7* Las Vegas Nevada The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
December 8 Phoenix Arizona Dodge Theatre
December 9 Anaheim California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
December 10 San Jose California HP Pavilion at San Jose
December 11* Reno Nevada Reno Hilton Theatre
December 12* Sacramento California ARCO Arena
December 16* Nampa Idaho Idaho Center
December 17 Portland Oregon Rose Garden
December 18 Spokane Washington Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
December 19* Everett Washington Everett Events Center
  • * denotes sold-Out show


The setlist for the show was changed around quite a bit during the length of the tour. The "Mountain Home" segment, which often occurs towards the beginning of Parton's shows actually ended the shows in the first half of the tour. And in a very-surprising move, at many of the East Coast shows, Parton moved "I Will Always Love You," normally her last song (before an encore) to the middle of the show. (This was to coincide with "I Dreamed About Elvis".)

When the tour returned from a Thanksgiving hiatus in the beginning of December, songs were added and the usual format that Parton had used in earlier tours was reinstated with the "Mountain Home" segment pushed up to its normal place and "I Will Always Love You" again used as the last song before an encore.

Opening Night

Following is the setlist from the opening night show in Greenville, South Carolina.

  1. "Hello, I'm Dolly"
  2. "Two Doors Down" (abbreviated)
  3. "9 to 5" (abbreviated)
  4. Hits medley ("Jolene", "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That", "Here You Come Again")
  5. "The Grass Is Blue" (on piano)
  6. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Richard Dennison)
  7. "I Dreamed About Elvis"
  8. "Viva Las Vegas" (with the Grascals)
  9. "PMS Blues"
  10. "Blue Smoke"
  11. "Go to Hell"
  12. "Me and Bobby McGee"
  13. "Imagine"
  14. "Islands in the Stream" (with Kenny Rogers puppet)
  15. "My Tennessee Mountain Home"
  16. "Coat of Many Colors"
  17. "Smoky Mountain Memories"
  18. "Thank God I'm a Country Girl"
  19. "Little Sparrow" (a capella)
  20. "I Will Always Love You"
  21. "Hello God" (encore)

Other songs performed

Other songs that were performed at some, not all, shows:

  1. "Brand New Key"
  2. "Burnin' Love"
  3. "Welcome Home"
  4. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
  5. "Shine"
  6. "Rocky Top"


See also

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