Kenny Rogers Reveals First Leg of Final World Tour
Dubbed the Gambler's Last Deal, Rogers' trek will begin on May 13 in Mahnomen, Minn. Numerous shows -- including stops in New York, California and Oklahoma, among others, as well as overseas in Singapore, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and more -- are currently scheduled through mid-November; as a whole, Rogers' tour is expected to run into 2017, with dates still being added.
“I’m excited about making one more sweep around the world,” Rogers says in a press release. “For more than five decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences, and their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special."
According to the release, the Gamber's Last Deal shows -- which are being produced by Kelly Junkermann -- will be "a reflective look back through Rogers' storied 50-plus-year career," including personal stories, photos and video clips. The country icon also plans to perform songs that have long been out of his setlist. Linda Davis and Charlie Worsham will act as Rogers' special guests.
A list of currently announced tour dates is below. For more information, including ticketing details, visit KennyRogers.com.
Rogers admits that he's looking forward to retirement so that he can spend more time with his twin sons.
“My boys are what’s more important to me now than music,” the Country Music Hall of Famer maintains. “I’ve truly done everything I could do, I’ve won everything I could win, and now my life has to go on.
“I have to be realistic: I’m not as mobile as I used to be on stage,” he adds. “It’s added to my comedy dialogues. [But] it’s really one of those things that takes the fun out of being on stage, when I can’t walk around and do those things.”
Another factor influencing Rogers’ decision is the current state of country music: He doesn’t want to try to compete with today’s stars.
“I think country music is whatever country people will buy. And I think people don’t buy certain kinds of country anymore. So what happens is that, in their efforts to do something different, to set themselves apart from me and the other guys before me, they took it to a different place,” Rogers explains. “Country is very healthy right now — they’re bringing in a lot of kids. But it’s not a type of music that I prefer or that I would want to do, and that’s why I’m getting out.”
Kenny Rogers, The Gambler's Last Deal 2016 Tour Dates:
May 13 -- Mahnomen, Minn. @ Shooting Star Casino
May 14 -- Red Wing, Minn. @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino
May 15 -- Clear Lake, Iowa @ Surf Ballroom
May 21 -- Rochester, N.Y. @ Kodak Center for Performing Arts
May 22 -- Montclair, N.J. @ Wellmont Theater
May 26 -- Portland, Maine @ Maine State Pier
May 27 -- Watertown, N.Y. @ Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
May 28 -- Salamanca, N.Y. @ Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
June 4 -- Crockett, Texas @ Crockett Civic Center
June 17 -- Vienna, Va. @ Filene Center at Wolf Trap
June 19 -- Atlanta, Ga. @ Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 22 -- Del Mar, Calif. @ San Diego County Fair
June 24 -- Lincoln, Calif. @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort
June 25 -- Laughlin, Nev. @ E Center, Edgewater Casino Resort
June 26 -- Phoenix, Ariz. @ Comerica Theatre
June 28 -- Santa Rosa, Calif. @ Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 29 -- Saratoga, Calif. @ Mountain Winery
June 30 -- Thousand Oaks, Calif. @ Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
July 1 -- Bakersfield, Calif. @ Bright House Networks Amphitheatre
July 2 -- Indio, Calif. @ Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
July 9 -- Grand Ronde, Ore. @ Spirit Mountain Casino
July 14 -- Tulsa, Okla. @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
July 15 -- Enid, Okla. @ Enid Event Center
July 16 -- Stockdale, Texas @ Kosciusko Hall
July 22 -- Anderson, Ind. @ Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
July 23 -- Kettering, Ohio @ Fraze Pavilion
July 24 -- Highland Park, Ill. @ Ravinia Festival
July 31 -- Columbus, Ohio @ Ohio State Fair
Aug. 6 -- Singapore, Singapore @ Star Theatre
Aug. 9 -- Bangkok, Thailand @ Royal Paragon Hall
Aug. 11 -- Manila, the Philippines @ Araneta Coliseum
Sept. 4 -- Nichols, N.Y. @ Tioga Downs
Sept. 16 -- Morristown, N.J. @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Oct. 6 -- North Little Rock, Ark. @ Verizon Arena
Oct. 7 -- Memphis, Tenn. @ Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 8 -- New Orleans, La. @ Saenger Theatre
Oct. 31 -- Glasgow, Scotland @ SSE Hydro *
Nov. 3 -- Amsterdam Zuid, the Netherlands @ Heineken Music Hall *
Nov. 7 -- Dublin, Ireland @ 3Arena *
Nov. 8 -- Belfast, Northern Ireland @ SSE Arena *
Nov. 10 -- London, England @ Palladium *
Nov. 12 -- London, England @ Eventim Apollo *
* with Charlie Worsham
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