Today’s star-studded farewell show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will be the last time Rogers will sing “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton, his longtime duet partner.
“It’s hard, hard work. I can’t do it like I used to do it,” Rogers told Fox News.
Kenny Rogers committed to making every show great and promised himself he would retire from the industry before he “started embarrassing myself.”
The Gambler has decided to fold ’em while his legion of fans are still wanting more.
But it’s not just his fans who want more of Rogers. Countless musical artists have begged to work with the veteran singer, songwriter, performer, actor, producer, and entrepreneur.
Tonight’s retirement send-off will include Dollie Parton, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, the Flaming Lips, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, and Alison Krauss.
There are still 9 dates left on “The Gambler’s Last Deal” Final World Tour, with all shows wrapping up by December 9 at the Golden Nugget – The Grand in Atlantic City, NJ.
Rogers says he’s planning on making this retirement permanent, meaning that he’s not thinking about any comeback tours. The famously-bearded one is looking forward to spending time at home with his wife and kids.
One thing that will never retire? The Kenny Rogers legacy. He has left a permanent imprint on the history of music, and for that, we are all grateful.
Thank you, Kenny Rogers. Thank you for your incredible body of work and decades of entertainment. Best wishes for a long, healthy, happy retirement!