Dolly Parton has revealed that she is hoping to reunite Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for a cover of Stairway to Heaven on her new rock album.
Earlier this year, the country icon was nominated for induction into the hallowed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and made headlines when she originally chose not to accept the nomination, saying she didn’t feel that she had contributed significantly to the genre. However, in true Dolly form, upon further reflection, she embraced the process with grace and gusto, saying that she would accept if voted in and be inspired “to put out a hopefully great rock ‘n’ roll album at some point in the future, which I have always wanted to do!”
And, with her induction now pending, it seems Dolly has every intention of staying true to her word.
In a recent interview with Pollstar, the singer outlined her intentions to record a faithful rendition of Stairway to Heaven with the song’s legendary creators.
“When I got nominated, I thought, ‘Why not just go ahead and do it while the iron’s hot?’” Parton said. “Maybe have some of the greats, the legends of rock ’n’ roll sing along with me. I’m gathering all that stuff and notifying a few people.”
Dolly Parton | ‘Stairway to Heaven’ [Live]
Parton previously delivered a bluegrass-style cover of the seminal 1971 hit on her 2002 album Halos & Horns; but candidly noted that her husband, an avid rock fan, “did not like” her original interpretation of Stairway To Heaven and was apprehensive about her plans to revisit it. But, of course, this only inspired Dolly more.
“I’m going to redo that really on the money," she told Pollstar. "I did it kind of bluegrass-style when I did it; but when I do the rock album, I’m going to actually re-record it – and do it more true to the regular record.”
“I’m trying to see if Robert Plant might sing on it. Maybe Jimmy Page might do the pick-up part on it. I’m looking forward to dragging in some of the great classic people, girls and boys, to sing on some of the songs. I’m not far enough along to discuss who and what, but I am going to do an album.”
We can’t wait to see how this unfolds!
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