Kenny Rogers retiring, playing farewell concert with Dolly Parton, The Flaming Lips, more
Kenny Rogers has been making music since the '50s, starting in rock n' roll, moving on to the New Christy Minstrels, then scoring hits with his group The First Edition (including "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" before starting a massively successful solo career, including country smashes like "Lucile," "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," "Lady," and his duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream," to name just a few. With his 79th birthday coming up, Kenny has announced he's retiring from the music biz, but will be going out with a heck of a party.
"All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration" happens October 25 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN and in addition to the man himself, it'll feature Dolly Parton, being billed as their last performance together, plus Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips (!?!), Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King. Says Kenny:
As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with. It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me. Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it. 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. I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.
The event, which is being taped for a television special, promises other surprise guests as well. Tickets are on presale now (password: GAMBLER) and go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 21 at 10 AM Eastern.
That big show is part of Kenny's "The Gambler's Last Deal" tour which has dates through early November. All dates are listed below.
Kenny Rogers - 2017 Tour Dates
Jul 21, 2017 - Las Vegas, NV - The Park Theater
Jul 23, 2017 - Temecula, CA, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino
Jul 26, 2017 - Livermore, CA - The Concerts at Wente Vineyards
Jul 27, 2017 - Coarsegold, CA - Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Jul 28, 2017 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Hotel Casino - Grande Exposition Hall
Jul 29, 2017 - Laughlin, NV - Edgewater Casino Resort
Jul 30, 2017 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Pacific Amphitheatre - Orange County Fair
Aug 4, 2017 - Worley, ID - Coeur D'Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Aug 5, 2017 - Tulalip, WA - Tulalip Resort Casino
Aug 6, 2017 - Sweet Home, OR - Oregon Jamboree
Aug 11, 2017 - Stafford, TX - The Redneck Country Club
Aug 18, 2017 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Theatre
Sep 21, 2017 - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem Amphitheater
Sep 22, 2017 - Onamia, MN - Grand Casino Mille Lacs
Sep 23, 2017 - Dubuque, IA - Five Flags Center
Sep 24, 2017 - Lawrence, KS - Lied Center
Oct 25, 2017 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Oct 28, 2017 - Rosemont, IL - Rosemont Theatre
Nov 3, 2017 - Ocean City, MD - Ocean City Convention Center
Nov 4, 2017 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom