Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kenny, Dolly To Team Up One Last Time In Nashville

Country music star Kenny Rogers is planning to take a final bow with Dolly Parton in a Nashville concert celebrating his 60-year career, according to Reuters.

Rogers, 78, who is on the final stage of his world farewell tour, said on Tuesday he will be joined by Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, the Flaming Lips and other guests for the Oct. 25 celebration.

Rogers and Parton, who had a worldwide hit with "Islands in the Stream" in 1983, have been friends for more than 30 years. Rogers said the concert would prove "a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time."

"As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, " Rogers, a Country Music Hall of Famer and three-time Grammy winner, added in a statement.

“It’s going to be a great night, and I’m going to be proud of it and it’s more for me to say thank you and say bye to those people than it is for them to say thank you to me,” Rogers told The Tennessean. “It’s kind of fun for me to think about the chance to get together with everybody one last time.”

Over the course of the evening, Rogers’ fellow singers and friends will take turns covering the singer’s hits, which include “Lady,” “The Gambler,” “Lucille” and “She Believes in Me.” Rogers’ final performance with Parton is a ready-made highlight. The friends famously dueted on the song “Islands in the Stream” in the ‘80s, which went on to win multiple awards and a place in country music history.

“Kenny is like a family member to me,” Parton said in a statement. “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. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th 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.”

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