After performing for six decades, Kenny Rogers has announced his retirement from live performing. However, Rogers has also shared plans for a final Nashville performance that will equally serve as a tribute concert to his many hits over the years.
On October 25, the country icon will be joined by a diverse number of artists including Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, Idina Menzel, Flaming Lips, Alison Krauss and many more for All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration. The show will be taped at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for later broadcast and additional acts will be announced later in the upcoming weeks. The tribute concert will also be the last-ever duet performance with long-time friend and frequent collaborator Dolly Parton.
Artist: Kenny Rogers. Photo: Erika Godring, FilmMagic
While the announcement signifies the end of one of country music's greatest performers' stage days, the concert will be especially memorable for all those who have been impacted by Rogers' music. "It's going to be really exciting,“ Rogers tells Rolling Stone Country of his final Nashville show. "It's a chance, while they're doing something for me, for me to say goodbye to these people as well." And in regards to Roger and Parton's relationship over the years, the country crooner couldn't be more in awe of her. "Dolly is one of those rare people, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, she is everything you think she is and more,“ Rogers says. "And that's a rare thing to be able to say about people. Neither of us takes ourselves for granted, and we're both kind of astonished as to what's happened with our lives and our careers. We're both very appreciative of it."
Rogers and Parton last performed together in public 12 years ago, when the duo's rendition of “Islands in the Stream," originally written by the Bee Gees, was named by CMT country's greatest duet of all time. The upcoming concert will be only the third time they've sang together in 27 years, with both agreeing to be the last.
Tickets for All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration will be available Friday, July 2 at 10AM. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children's Center. Rogers is currently on his farewell tour, which continues with shows this weekend in Las Vegas and Temecula, California.