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Kenny Rogers Bids Farewell to Touring After 60 Year Career

Legendary Country music singer Kenny Rogers, 78, has announced he will conclude his final world tour, culminating his 60 year touring career during a final show this October.

Rogers announced the Nashville show this week and said one of country’s most popular singers, Dolly Parton, will perform with him during the show. The two had a world-wide hit with their 1983 single “Islands in the Stream.” which still enjoys significant air play today, more than thirty years after its release. The song, written by the Bee Gees, became a crossover hit in both the Country music and Pop genres. The success of the song spurred more than thirty years of periodic collaboration between the two artists. Both Rogers and Parton say this will be their final performance together.

Rogers said the night will serve as a celebration. His six decade career has earned Rogers three Grammy awards; two for Best Male Vocal Performance for “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” respectively. Rogers third Grammy was for the 1988 collaboration with Ronnie Milsap on “Make no Mistake, She’s Mine.” Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during 2013, but has never been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Also slated to perform with Rogers during the show are Allison Krauss, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Idina Menzel and cult favorites The Flaming Lips. Each of the guest performers will take time covering Rogers numerous hits. The all-star farewell concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.