For his latest appearance in Reno, Kenny Rogers is calling the show, “The Gambler’s Last Deal.” That’s because Rogers has announced that this current jaunt will be his final world tour. It makes a stop on July 28 at Silver Legacy.
“I’m excited about making one more sweep around the world,” Rogers said on his website. “For more than five decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences. Their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special.”
There is also a visual component to the “Last Deal” shows. According to his website, Rogers will sing songs from all facets of his career, and vintage photos and video clips will be shown throughout this retrospective show. Rogers will also tell stories about his many years as a pop, rock and country star.
He first earned some mainstream notice as a member of folk group the New Christy Minstrels in 1966. A year later, he formed Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, a pop-rock band who had three big hits, “Just Dropped In,” “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town” and “Something’s Burning.”
Rogers left the First Edition in 1976 and started a solo career that was rooted in country music. His self-titled second solo album in 1977 was his first big hit, featuring a top 5 and No. 1 country single in “Lucille,” and another country No. 1 with “Daytime Friends.” From that point forward, Rogers had a very successful end of the ‘70s, with four straight country No. 1 singles that also hit the top 20 on the pop charts: “The Gambler,” “She Believes in Me,” “You Decorated My Life” and “Coward of the County.”
His commercial peak extended through the mid-80s. Among his biggest hits from this period were No. 1s on both the pop and country charts: “Lady” in 1980 and a duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands in the Stream” in 1983. Other hits from this era include “I Don’t Need You,” “ Through the Years,” “Love Will Turn You Around” and “Crazy.”
Rogers has also acted on TV and movies. This includes five movies where he portrayed Brady Hawkes, a character based on his song “The Gambler,” and the theatrical release “Six Pack” from 1982.
Rogers said on his website that he wants to spend more time with his family, which is why his touring days are coming to an end.
“My life is about my wife and my twin boys right now,” he said. “There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don’t have a bucket list of my own. I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them.”