WORLD TOUR ROLLS ON TONIGHT
It almost seems that Kenny Rogers squeezed a lifetime of work into one fantastic week.
On Saturday June 9th, Kenny Rogers performed four songs to a sold out crowd at LP Field as part of the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. Following his performance there Kenny headed down to Manchester, Tenn., for the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on Sunday. He was the only artist to play both events this year.
At Bonnaroo, Kenny played to a huge audience in the afternoon and was joined by his longtime friend Lionel Richie on stage as a surprise guest for “Lady.” Later that evening, Rogers joined Phish on stage in front of 70,000 fans during the closing set of the festival to perform “The Gambler.” During Bonnaroo he was showered with love and chants of “Kenny! Kenny!” The day after, the assembled media proclaimed their excitement about his performances as well.
“Spellbinding…Breathtaking…One of the 10 Best Performances of Bonnaroo 2012…” said Billboard Magazine about Kenny’s set.
“The country star fit in beautifully (at Bonnaroo), delivering crisp versions of hits like ‘Love Or Something Like It’ and ‘Islands In The Stream’…He belongs…” raved SPIN.
And finally, last night Kenny performed “The Gambler” in honor of his old pal, Don Schlitz, who wrote the song, at the 43rd annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York City. Schlitz, who has penned several timeless hits, was one of the distinguished songwriters to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
Kenny’s World Tour rolls on with more U.S. dates, a tour of Australia and New Zealand and now dates in Asia as well. He’s also putting the finishing touches on his first autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, scheduled for a October 2nd release by HarperCollins. Jam-packed with fascinating stories from life on and off the stage, it’s bound to be one of the most talked about books this year.
Later this summer, he’ll enter the studio to begin recording a brand new album for Warner Bros. Records with producer Dann Huff (Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban). The award-winning Huff previously worked with Kenny on 2006’s Water & Bridges.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 54 years in show business. His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The County,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) and “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West) among them. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with one Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums. Kenny Rogers is the singer, the photographer, the producer, the actor, the songwriter, and of course…The Gambler.
KENNY ROGERS 2012 TOUR DATES
6/15 Luhrs Performing Arts Center – Shippensburg, PA
6/16 MGM Grand at Foxwoods – MGM Grand Theater – Mashantucket, CT
6/20 Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino – Eagle Pass, TX
6/22 IP Casino Resort & Spa – IP Showroom – Studio A – Biloxi, MS
7/13 Alabama Theatre – North Myrtle Beach, SC
7/14 Chastain Park Amphitheatre – Atlanta, GA (With Glen Campbell)
7/20 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino – Coarsegold, CA
7/27 Meadowbrook – US Cellular Pavilion – Gilford, NH (With The Oak Ridge Boys)
7/28 Parc Beauséjour – Rimouski, QC, Canada
8/10 CBS Arena – Christchurch, Addington, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell)
8/12 Vector Arena – Auckland, New Zealand (With Glen Campbell)
8/15 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/16 State Theatre – Sydney, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/18 Darwin Festival – Darwin, N. Territory, Australia
8/21 Perth Convention Centre – Perth, Australia
8/23 Palais Theatre – Melbourne, VIC, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/24 Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Newcastle, NSW, Australia (With Glen Campbell)
8/26 Gympie Muster Outdoor Festival – Gympie, Queensland, Australia
8/29 Adelaide Festival Theatre – Adelaide, Australia
9/09 Wayne County Fair – Wooster, OH
9/24 Bloomsburg Fair – Bloomsburg, PA
9/28 Durham Fair – Durham, CT
10/12 Arena Theatre – Houston, TX
10/13 WinStar Casino – Thackerville, OK
10/18 Taipei, Taiwan – National Taipei University Stadium
10/21 Singapore, Singapore – Singapore Indoor Stadium
10/23 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Arena of Stars
10/26 Seoul, Korea – Olympic Hall
Additional tour dates, including the 2012 Christmas & Hits Tour, to be announced.
Source: Webster & Associates
Kenny Rogers Photo Provided by Webester & Associates