Country music superstar Kenny Rogers will be leaving the stage for good after a legendary career spanning six decades.
His farewell tour has been canceled because of health challenges the singer has been experiencing.
His doctor recommended “The Gambler” singer cancel the remainder of his tour through the end of 2018 so that Rogers can focus on his health.
Several of his shows were canceled, including one that was scheduled in May at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
In a statement, the Harrah’s said, “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.”
SHOW CANCELLED: @_KennyRogers 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.
— Harrah's Cherokee (@HarrahsCherokee) April 4, 2018
“I don’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.”
“The Gambler” singer announced his retirement plans last year and held the “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” in Nashville on Oct. 25 to celebrate.
Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, the Flaming Lips and Idina Menzel were among the all-star performers during the nostalgic evening.
“All these people wanted to come do songs of mine and say thank you because, I had kind of — I hate this, this is awkward for me — I had inspired them to some extent and they wanted to pay me back and I thought it was very nice, so I’m glad we’re going to get a chance to do it,” Rogers said to Fox News at the time.
Rogers said in October that his retirement will be final.
“That’s always been kind of a rub with me when people retire 10 times,” he said. “I’m going out because I need to go out and I’m going to enjoy my time at home with my wife and kids. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.”
Venues will offer refunds for canceled ticket purchases for Rogers’ fans. We wish him a speedy recovery and a wonderful retirement.
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