Back from the most successful European tour of her 40-plus year career, Dolly Parton is ready to take on America with a new leg...

Back from the most successful European tour of her 40-plus year career, Dolly Parton is ready to take on America with a new leg of shows in August, which will be followed by a U.S./Canada tour beginning in October.

Parton was in Europe for a number of stadium and arena dates from June 13-July 6 and performed 17 shows in Sweden, Ireland, Scotland and England to more than 170,000 fans. This surpassed her 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people. Her sold-out shows in Glasgow (12,000) and two in London (17,000 each) were filmed by director Fran Strine (Nickelback’s “Rock Star” video) for a future DVD release.

This week, Parton is issuing “Shinola,” the third single from “Backwoods Barbie,” which is the first release on her own new Dolly Records label and her first mainstream country album in 17 years. She will hit the road for 12 shows beginning on August 1 in San Diego, CA and finishing up on August 16 and 17 in Pigeon Forge, TN. The two-night engagement will be at her namesake theme park Dollywood, which she co-owns.

Parton’s world tour had a couple of missteps earlier in the year when she had to first postpone and then reschedule it while she recovered from a back condition. Originally set to launch February 28, it finally got off the ground April 28.

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In other news, the “9 to 5” musical for which Parton wrote the music and lyrics premieres September 20 at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles; previews begin September 3. It hits Broadway April 23, 2009 at the Marquis Theatre.

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Dolly Parton tour dates:
(Dates subject to change)

August 1 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s
August 3 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
August 4 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
August 5 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
August 7 Portland, OR Theatre of the Clouds
August 8 Seattle, WA WaMu Theatre
August 10 Denver, CO Ellie Caulkins Opera House
August 11 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
August 13 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 14 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
August 16-17 Pigeon Forge, TN Dollywood

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