Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton announce final performance together
Kenny Rogers and his longtime duet partner Dolly Parton will be making their final performance together this year. Rogers, who is retiring from touring, made the announcement Tuesday (July 18th) at a press conference, where he explained that his final performance with Parton will be part of an all-star farewell show to be held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Oct. 25, as he closes out his career. Tickets for the show will go on sale July 21th.
The singers – two of country music’s biggest stars – have been performing together for more than 30 years since “Islands in the Stream,” written by the Bee Gees, became a pop crossover platinum hit in 1983.
“We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career,” 78-year-old Rogers said of Parton in a statement. “I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”
In his 60-year career, Rogers has had several successful duet partners, including Dottie West, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton and Linda Davis.