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The Two Stars Dolly Parton Couldn’t Land For 'Rockstar'

18 November 2023 | 9:41 am | Mary Varvaris

Dolly Parton made 'Rockstar' after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last November.

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Dolly Parton has revealed the two names she wanted on her new album, Rockstar, but couldn’t land by the end of working on the collaborative effort.

Due to scheduling conflicts and a duet that just didn’t materialise, Parton told Taste of Country Nights that Mick Jagger and Cher were the two stars she wishes were on the album.

“He was willing to do it — willing to work with me on something — but we could never catch up until I ran out of time, and he was working on his, as you know now, their new album. So, I missed him,” Parton said about the bad timing between herself and the Rolling Stones singer.

On Cher, she added, “Cher and I were gonna do something. We never did find the right thing to do. She's not rock, but she's Cher, you know?! So those are the two that I had hoped to get that I missed not having the most, I think.”

The list of names that appear on Rockstar is near-endless, with the tracklist featuring Richie Sambora (former Bon Jovi guitarist), Steve Perry of Journey fame, Rob Halford from Judas PriestCreedence Clearwater Revival’s John FogertyHeart’s Anne Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Debbie HarryElton John, Melissa Etheridge, Lizzo and many more. You can check out the full tracklist below.

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Parton made Rockstar after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last November. At the time, it was an honour she didn’t feel she deserved.

“Since I am in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I think [with] this album, I brought so many great artists back into this album that are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that deserve to be,” Parton explained in a recent The Music cover story interview.

She added, “I felt like I had to not only earn my keep, I tried to pay homage to a lot of these great artists that should be in there that are not and to the ones that are that I've gotten the opportunity to sing with.”

Rockstar is out now via Parton’s independent Butterfly Records and Big Machine Records.

Rockstar Track Listing

1. Rockstar (special guest Richie Sambora)
 2. World on Fire
 3. Every Breath You Take (feat. Sting)
 4. Open Arms (feat. Steve Perry)
 5. Magic Man (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
 6. Long As I Can See The Light (feat. John Fogerty)
 7. Either Or (feat. Kid Rock)
 8. I Want You Back (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
 9. What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
 10. Purple Rain
 11. Baby, I Love Your Way (feat. Peter Frampton)
 12. I Hate Myself For Loving You (feat. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts)
 13. Night Moves (feat. Chris Stapleton)
 14. Wrecking Ball (feat. Miley Cyrus)
 15. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (feat. P!nk & Brandi Carlile)
 16. Keep On Loving You (feat. Kevin Cronin)
 17. Heart Of Glass (feat. Debbie Harry)
 18. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (feat. Elton John)
 19. Tried To Rock And Roll Me (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
 20. Stairway To Heaven (feat. Lizzo & Sasha Flute)
 21. We Are The Champions
 22. Bygones (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5)
 23. My Blue Tears (feat. Simon Le Bon)
 24. What’s Up? (feat. Linda Perry)
 25. You’re No Good (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow)
 26. Heartbreaker (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
 27. Bittersweet (feat. Michael McDonald)
 28. I Dreamed About Elvis (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest The Jordanaires)
 29. Let It Be (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood)
30. Free Bird (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and The Artimus Pyle Band)