On December 1st Derek Pellicci (drummer, LRB), his wife Ann, and my wife Karen were invited to the last performance of Dolly Parton at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on her current Australian tour. I had met one of Dolly's musicians, Jim Salestrom, some 25 years ago when he was here touring with Dolly and Kenny Rogers.
Derek knew the Lead Guitarist of Dolly's band: Kent Wells who was also Dolly's Producer and Musical Director, and a big fan of the Little River Band. We were given the "royal treatment" with backstage passes and a most hospitable time so thanks to Kent, the band and of course Dolly Parton.
All the band were in fine form, playing and singing fantastically, and Dolly was truly great, showing why she is one of the true world stars as a singer, performer, and songwriter. We took a few happy snaps of the event. My wife Karen, Dolly and self (above). Self, Kent Wells, and Derek Pellicci (below). and one the band.