Kenny Rogers ready for retirement
American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers said to be ready for retirement, as the country star will end his career with a massive, star-studded farewell concert in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (Oct. 25).
In 2015, Rogers announced his farewell tour, titled The Gambler’s Last Deal and stated his intention to retire from touring at its completion, although he is considering the possibility of recording another studio album.
At his final concert in Nashville tonight, the singer, 79, will be joined by an array of guest artists including Linda Davis, Elle King, Little Big Town, Lionel Richie, The Flaming Lips, The Judds, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Reba McEntire and Jamey Johnson.
The concert will also include a special appearance by long-time friend Dolly Parton, who will perform Islands in the Stream with Rogers for the final time.
On Tuesday (Oct. 24) Kenny Rogers was in the city to receive a major honour, a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Surrounded by family, friends and hundreds of fans, The Gambler singer took his place alongside pals like Dolly Parton and legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash on the Music City Walk of Fame, and admitted he had always dreamed of being part of the pavement salute to country’s biggest stars.
“This was, believe it or not, my last thing on my bucket list,” Rogers said. “I’ve been doing really well, and I realised that I really didn’t have Nashville acceptance. I wasn’t country in the sense of Johnny Cash and those guys, and I knew it… So gradually, music caught up to me.”