Dolly Parton’s Husband Said Her Led Zeppelin Cover Was More Like ‘Stairway to Hell’

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Last week, Dolly Parton revealed the track list for her upcoming rock album, which is titled Rockstar. The record features a tremendous array of rock’s greatest hits, which Parton covers alongside various musical guests.

One of those songs happens to be Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven,” which Parton performs with Lizzo and Sasha Flute.

During a recent interview with TODAY, Parton reveals that each song on the album is inspired by her husband, Carl Dean. When it comes to classic rock, there is a song that Dean has quite a fondness for – that being “Stairway to Heaven.”

In fact, he has such strong feelings for the song that when his wife attempted to cover the track years ago, he wasn’t that blown away by her performance and actually expressed quite a startling sentiment. Here is what Parton had to say about her husband’s reaction to her past cover:

“He always loved the ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ He loved Led Zeppelin. And years ago, I did ‘Stairway to Heaven’ as a bluegrass, a gospel thing,” she said. “And Carl, I played it to him and he said, ‘I think that’s a little more like ‘Stairwell to Hell’ than ‘Stairway to Heaven!’”

The country singer goes on to add:

“He didn’t think that anybody should do ‘Stairway to Heaven’ but Led Zeppelin. ‘Who’s gonna have the nerve to do that?’ And I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to have the nerve.’”

It’s always interesting hearing an artist from a different genre making an attempt to cover music outside their wheelhouse. We are looking forward to hearing Rockstar when it comes out this November – how about you? Below you can find the tracklist associated with the record.

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Dolly Parton Rockstar tracklist:

  • 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)