With anyone who’s anyone appearing on Dolly Parton‘s “Rockstar” album, from Steve Perry to Paul McCartney to Steven Tyler and more than a dozen more, it seems like no one says ‘no’ to the country legend. But one rock star did.
In an interview with “Consequence,” conducted by Paramore’s Hayley Williams, Dolly explained that when she approached Joan Jett about pairing up for a new version of “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” Joan turned her down – with an explanation.
“When I called her, I was going to do “’I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ And I called her and I said, ‘Would you sing ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ with me?’ And she said, ‘No, but I’ll sing ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You.’ ‘Everybody can sing ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.’ She said, ‘Oh, that one’s more you. Let’s sing that one, because it’s really got some meat to it,'” Parton recalled of her conversation with Jett. Dolly added: “So I thought, ‘Well, cool!’ I mean, she’s telling me what to do and I was glad! ‘Cause I was open to that. I love how it turned out. And she used her band, the Blackhearts.”
Dolly went on to say that Jett was quite different than what most people think. “She was so sweet!” Parton remarked. See how this song and 29 others turned when the album comes out November 17.