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Music Legend Kenny Rogers Announced Last Performance

Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers is in the midst of putting a bow on his legendary career, but he still has a few more stops to make. The star announced his intention to retire back in 2015, and he quickly set forth on a retirement tour.

As AOL shares, you may want to mark your calendars, as the final stop was announced.

Rogers announced his final performance will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and it shaped up to be a memorable night. An all-star lineup is expected to be on hand for what has been dubbed as ‘All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration.’

Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, and The Flaming Lips will be on hand, as will the legendary Dolly Parton.

Rogers and Parton have teamed up for a number of hits through the years, including the 1983 smash "Islands In The Stream." The significance of the moment is not lost on either of them.

"This will be our last time on stage – forever. It will be worthwhile to come and see that. We do love it when we get a chance to be together. She's everything that everybody thinks she is – and more,” Rogers said. “I'm so excited about her being there. It's hopefully going to be a night to remember for all involved."

“Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together. Since 1983, when we released 'Islands In The Stream,' everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes. Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night,” Parton added.

She continues “Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on Oct. 25 is going to be emotional for both of us, but it's also going to be very special. Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away."

As for the tour itself, it certainly sounds like Rogers is in need of a break.

"I think I have worked harder in saying farewell than I have ever worked when I was busier. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to say goodbye and thank everyone. We started it in South Africa, then went to China and ten different countries,” he said. “We've been everywhere just about, and it's been a long tour. I'm glad that it's winding down."

As things are winding down for Rogers, that brings with it all sorts of reflections on how far he’s come.

"It's much more than I ever expected to – and much more than I deserve. It's really been something to behold for me. It's very hard to put it in perspective and say 'That was my career,' because it wasn't what I set out to do,” he said. “I was just trying to survive in the business."

Rogers has done much more than that, and you can bet that his final show will be one of the hottest tickets around.

Source: AOL
Photos: YouTube, University of Houston/Wikimedia, DollyParton.com, Sheila Herman/Wikimedia, Eva Rinaldi/Flickr

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