It was a miserable September day; the edges of a hurricane made the already dark and miserable Manchester even colder and bleaker. The date was September 11th, and the world was mourning the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. So there was a lot to go against the Queen of Country achieving her goal of everyone singing and dancing in the MEN Arena… but Dolly managed it anyway!
With a two and a half hour show filled with old songs and new, Dolly Parton rocked the stage like it was 1967. Dolly was here to promote her new album, Better Day, an album, which certainly lives up to her musical legacy.
But like any living legend, the crowd wanted the hits, and she didn’t let her fans down, as she played the classics such as 9-5, Coat of Many Colours and Jolene. She even did some covers such as Walking on Sunshine and Stairway to Heaven.
The atmosphere was electric as the audience embraced the fact that they were in a room with one of the most famous women in the world. Dolly is 65 now, an age in the UK when many are getting ready for retirement, but she showed that she was far from it.
She ended the show with I Will Always Love You, which she mocked Whitney Houston’s version, but pointed out that she liked the cash back she gets every time Whitney’s cover gets played. It was a perfect ending to a fabulous show and it was clear that everyone in the audience will always love Dolly too.