The Vancouver BC show was the last night of the Canada portion of the tour.
This being Vancouver, the audience was very mixed from Hard Core Original Dolly fans to tweens. but not just generationally, there was a lot of gays.
Before the show started, a Dolly Drag queen, hair high and red glittery dress, entered the floor area and posed for pictures with people in the audience. Taking her seat in the front row, Dolly did a greeting call out from the stage in the second act and joked about the high cost of looking cheap.
I spotted two Dollys in the seats, but there were more people dressed for a Square Dance Howdown.
The stage drapery formed the backdrop for the lights and Dolly posed behind the curtain and the lights hit it – and the entire crowd on the floor stood up.
They stayed standing for 2 songs and Dolly kindly suggested that while she was so touched by this Canadian greeting, that the folks behind might appreciate if people sat for a while.
This being Canada, the first 2 rows sat, then the next, and the next, paired rows sitting down in a wave trough. the crowd in the bleachers and balcony laughed.
Jolene was an early song, and I was disappointed to here the standard red head who worked the bank joke, when the Canada news building to the concert was about the actual story behind the name of the song, but not a story attached to it. because she was apparently going to be at the Vancouver concert and was expecting a stage thing.
- Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ may be a British Columbia nurse – CBC
http://www.cbc.ca/…/canada/…/dolly-parton-s-jolene-may-be-a-british-columbia-nurse-1.3734…Aug 24, 2016 – A Prince George woman believes she may be the inspiration for Dolly Parton’s song Jolene. … have inspired Dolly Parton to write a song about ‘Jolene’ because … 5th richest man in hip hop, has secret Canadian connection …
- Is this Prince George woman the inspiration for Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’?
theprovince.com/…/is-this-prince-george-woman-the-inspiration-for-dolly-partons-jolen…Aug 25, 2016 – Is this Prince George woman the inspiration for Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’? … Prince George’s Juline Whelan in 1972 (left), around the time she met Dolly Parton, and in 2016. .
Without an opening act, and a stripped down stage and three musicians and a cute cowboy that she made dance, the first half of the show was drawn mostly from her country catalog and there was almost as much story telling as there was singing.
Her stage banter was pure corn pone tall tale, and she wore a white jumpsuit very reminiscent of 1970s Elvis Presley – for the second act, she changed into a yellow two piece, shot pants with sparkles that made it look like a shirt when she shimmied.
Despite a slight cold, Dolly was in good form and at the third tissue, hysterically asked the audience if anyone wanted a tissue of Celebrity DNA to sell on ebay. Oddly, no one called out for it, despite the several folks who waved signs or shouted out “I love you Dolly”; this which, she’d call back – “I love you too.” Followed with a raunchy joke about her Tour Bus being out back.
Dolly briefly commented on the USA election and launched into a medley of 1960s protest folk, doing 2 Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary. Country music being closely related to Folk music, just being socially concerned and not just pitiful cheating drunks resisting life lessons and aching heart. Poor me messed up as opposed to the world done me wrong blues or the be happy/get lucky of rock n roll.
Dolly was inclusive of her gay fans off the top and first showed off her dancing cowboy for the girls, then asked the boys if they thought he was cute.
The oddball song was “banks of the ohio”, which Dolly said was a song her mama sang to them as kids… which was a hit song in the 1970s and covered by Olivia Newton-John.
After a 20 minute intermission and seriously vancouverites are a terrible audience. spoiled as we were by 1957 Elvis who had to flee the stage for his life – even at the start of the show people straggled in late and at the intermission, the first song was half over before the seating was complete.
For the second half, she drew from her more pop like rock catalog, leading the audience on a rousing “2 doors down” and talking about her career and movies more than the Smokey Mountain Hollow.
The show stopper was Dolly at the rhinestone bedazlled and cloth drapped piano, invoking a bit of Liberace, singing “Sky is green, grass is blue” a song that she wrote for Nora Jones.
9 to 5 closed the show, leaving I will Always Love you as the encore.
Dolly talked about doing the song as a single, and then in the Best Little Whorehouse movie and the Whitney Houston version. She left out not selling it to Elvis.
The sound balance on the show was actually poor, with the drums, back up singers and some other music being on a machine, with the piano, bass and guitar live.
Dolly herself played a lot of instruments, all covered in rhinestones – guitar, banjo, autoharp, piano, fiddle, flute and saxophone.
The Sax was especially impressive, first that she did play it very bluesy and said she could play it backwards, for which, she turned her back on the crowd and offered a shake n shimmy of her booty.
She is as impressive in person as her album covers, having the most famous boobs of the modern era.
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