Health Issues Force Kenny Rogers To Cancel Remaining Farewell Dates

Kenny Rogers
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– Kenny Rogers
Dollywood Celebrity Theatre, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

There is no joy for Kenny Rogers’ fans today.  The 79-year-old country music superstar has canceled the remaining shows on his farewell tour.  Cities dropped from the calendar include Reno, New York and Lincoln, Neb.

Rogers’ next performance was scheduled for April 28 at Silver Legacy Resort in Reno.  However, that venue, along with others on the routing, issued the following statement:

Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges.  His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, but they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation …

“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said.  “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour.  I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”

Rogers’ farewell outing has racked up many sold-out shows.  An example is his Oct. 28, 2017 performance near Chicago at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, Ill., which sold all 4,281 tickets and grossed $263,706.

But not all concerts were packed with fans.  Data submitted to Pollstar shows his July 14, 2017 gig at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre north of Detroit in Rochester, Mich., sold 2,512 tickets for a $86,093 gross.

Refunds for Rogers’ canceled dates will be available at points of purchase.