She sauntered out in a leather suit, then gave an electric guitar slime worthy of Pete Townshend. “And you thought I couldn’t rock!” she exclaimed.
Parton told Pollstar that she had written the song specifically to sing at the ceremony: “It’s a nice little song and it’s really rocky, so I want something fun to play off of to ease some of the tension.” She referenced many of rock’s earliest pioneers and then traded licks on a fiery solo.
They closed Parton’s segment with an all-star rendition of Parton’s signature song “Jolene” as she was joined by other inmates in 2022 Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Simon Le Bon, Rob Halford and Eurythmics.
Shortly after her nomination, Parton asked for her name removed from the ballot, and said she didn’t feel she deserved a place in the Rock Hall. “I really don’t want votes to be split because of me,” she said at the time, “so I have to respectfully bow out.” The Rock Hall confirmed that her name would remain on the ballot paper. Parton later said that if accepted, she would “accept gracefully.”
“I, of all people, would never want to stir up any kind of controversy, I’m not that person,” she shared Pollstar. “But I’m also not the type to avoid the truth about how I feel about something.”
Parton has plans to make a rock album that will most likely include “Rockin’.” She has also expressed interest in cooperates with others on it. “My husband is a big fan of hard rock ‘n’ roll, and for years I thought, ‘One of these days I’d like to make an album primarily just for him, just to do that,'” she said. “When I was nominated, I thought, ‘Why not just go ahead and do it while the iron is hot?’ Maybe have some of the greats, the legends of rock ‘n’ roll sing with me.”
Artists who should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Let’s pause for a moment to recognize the many artists who have yet to be recognized.