Kenny Rogers has been a country music legend for decades, becoming one of the first artists in the genre to consistently sell out arenas all over the United States. That’s why fans were devastated to learn that Rogers is planning to retire, and that Rogers is planning to say goodbye to them with a final series of special concerts.
“Physically, I’m not getting around as well, so that’s why I decided to go with a farewell tour,” Rogers admitted, according to Fox News. “I’m 77 years old, and I’m not sure how many more years I’ve got, so I wanted to make sure I got this done.” He also stresses there are other reasons tugging at his heartstrings. “I have two boys, and they are 11 years old. I have missed so much of their lives. I have two older boys, and I missed so much of their lives. I was determined not to do that at this time.”
The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour arrived in Portland, Maine on May 26, and the fans there were in for a surprise from Rogers.
“It’s a totally different show than I’ve done before,” Rogers said. “It’s a linear look at my career. I start in 1954 when I was with a group called the Scholars back when I was in high school. We then go to the Bobby Doyle Trio, the New Christy Minstrels, the First Edition and then my solo career. It’s been really good for me.”
Rogers said that the thing he will miss the most about performing is the relationship he has developed with his fans.
“We’ve become really good friends,” he said. “They’ve been with me almost 40 years. I learned how to hire, but I’ve never fired anybody. It’s really been easy for me, especially going back and doing some of the older material, they know it because they were there when I did them originally. You miss the things that are closest to you. I think the band is closest to me through all of that. They were there through the hard times. To have those kind of relationships to look back on makes it really important.”
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