It looks like, after decades in the industry, the Gambler is ready to cash out.
Kenny Rogers has announced that he will perform for the final time on October 25th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The concert will cap a 60-year career that saw the singer sell over 100 million records and ride a wave of hits into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The concert, appropriately titled “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” will be the culmination of Rogers’ current tour, which will likely become a much hotter ticket given the finality formalized by this announcement.
“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,” said Rogers in a news release. “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.”
In addition to featured guest Dolly Parton, the show will include performances from Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King, and other special guests yet to be announced.
Tickets go on sale at 10AM CT Friday. For those who don’t make it through the jammed Ticketmaster system, there’s always a second chance to purchase at TicketClub.com.
According to Blackbirdpresents.com, the concert will also be recorded, presumably for future broadcast and sales. The website also indicates that a portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.