Kenny Rogers announces retirement and farewell tour

Country legend Kenny Rogers knows when to hold ’em and knows when to fold ’em. The singer and actor has announced that he is retiring after one last world tour. The 77 year old Gambler singer stopped by NBC’s Today to break the news.

“It’s happily sad or sadly happy,” he said of the news. “I’m going to do a big worldwide tour, and it’s going to be my last. I’m going to say goodbye at that point; I’ve done this long enough.”

Rogers states that he wants to spend more time with his family, mainly his 11 year old twin boys.

“I’m going to say goodbye at that point; I’ve done this long enough.”

“I really want to be there with my kids,” Rogers explained. “They’re very important to me, and I don’t see enough of them.”

No specifics were given, but Rogers did confirm that his last performance will be on The Today Show on the outside plaza stage. He embarks on his 34th annual Christmas & Hits Tour on November 11th with Linda Davis. He has tour dates lined up through January 2016.

Today (Sept 25th), Rogers released his first Christmas album in 17 years, Once Again It’s Christmas, marking his 76th album overall. While on Today, Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly presented Rogers will a plaque in honor of selling 120 million albums.

Shortly after the announcement, Rogers released an emotional video thanking fans for their support, love and understanding.

“As hard as it is to leave, I will tell you this,” he states in the video. “Younger and earlier in my career, and in my book, I wrote, ‘There’s a fine line between being selfish and being driven,’ and I think I crossed that line a lot when I was younger, and I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with my older boys and I regret that now.”

Author: Buddy Iahn

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