Dolly Parton set to kick off \’Blue Smoke World Tour\’

Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, philanthropist, and 2014 Grammy nominee, DOLLY PARTON, is set to kick off her “Blue Smoke World Tour” this Friday, January 24, in Rancho Mirage, California.  In addition this past Friday, Parton announced shows in Tamworth and Cairns being added to the Australian leg of the tour, both shows are already sold out! “It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA.  We\’re kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home.  I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton. After a widely successful tour of Australia in 2011, Parton will head down under for her first visit to New Zealand in over three decades as well as a return visit to Australia.  “Australia, here I come again.  We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can\’t wait to share it with you.  I love my fans in that part of the world.  You\’ve been so very good to me for so many years, I’m really, really excited to be coming back to New Zealand again after 30 years or so.  And I know that we\’re gonna have a wonderful time.  It’s a long way from home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I\’m right at home.  So Australia, New Zealand, I\’m coming home.  Wait up!” After returning home from Australia and New Zealand, there is no slowing down for Dolly.  In May, Dolly will, once again, hit a few more markets in America before heading across the pond for June concerts in Europe as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed An Evening With…Dolly (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified GOLD by the RIAA. “Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago.  I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton.  “We always have such a good time and I\’ve put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love.  We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not.  If they\’re having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.” In 2011, Dolly continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career—The Better Day Tour! During the 2011 tour, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people.  Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist. Tour dates and venues are below, for ticket and on-sale information please check with your local market. US Dates Jan 24th   Rancho Mirage, CA – Agua Caliente Casino Jan 25th   Primm, NV – Star of the Desert Arena Jan 26th   Reno, NV – Reno Events Center Jan 28th   Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theater NEW ZEALAND/AUSTRALIA Dates Feb 7th     New Zealand, Auckland – Vector Arena Feb 8th     New Zealand, Auckland – Vector Arena **2nd Show Feb 11th   Australia, Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena Feb 12th   Australia, Melbourne – Rod Laver Arena Feb 13th   Australia, Adelaide – Entertainment Centre Feb 15th   Australia, NSW, Hunter Valley – Hope Estate Feb 16th   Australia, Tamworth – TRECC Feb 18th   Australia, Sydney – Entertainment Centre Feb 19th   Australia, Sydney – Entertainment Centre Feb 21st   Australia, Brisbane – Entertainment Centre Feb 22nd  Australia, Brisbane – Entertainment Centre Feb 24th   Australia, Cairns – Cairns Convention Center Feb 27th   Australia, Perth – Perth Arena US Dates: May 22nd Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino May 23rd  Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino May 25th  Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino May 27th  Richmond, KY – EKU Center For The Arts (St. Mark’s Evening Among Friends) May 28th  Knoxville, TN – University of Tennessee (Benefiting Dolly\’s Imagination Library) May 30th  Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino May 31st  Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino   UK & EUROPE Dates: Jun 8th     England, Liverpool – Echo Arena Jun 10th   Northern Ireland, Belfast – Odyssey Arena Jun 11th   Ireland, Dublin – O2 Arena Jun 12th   Ireland, Cork – Live At The Marquee Jun 14th   England, Newcastle – Metro Radio Arena Jun 15th   Scotland, Aberdeen – GE Arena Jun 17th   Scotland, Glasgow – SSE Hydro Arena Jun 18th   Scotland, Glasgow – SSE Hydro Arena Jun 20th   England, Leeds – First Direct Arena Jun 21st   England, Manchester – Phones 4U Arena Jun 22nd  England, Birmingham – LG Arena Jun 24th   Wales, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena Jun 25th   Wales, Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena Jun 27th   England, London – O2 Arena Jun 28th   England, London – O2 Arena July 2nd   England, Nottingham – Capital FM Arena July 5th    Germany, Cologne – LANXESS Arena July 6th    Germany, Berlin – o2 World July 8th    Denmark, Copenhagen – Forum July 9th    Norway, Oslo – Spektrum July 11th  Sweden, Stockholm – THE GLOBE For all the latest tour, VIP Experience and ticketing information please visit