It’s not surprising that Kenny Rogers is well-known amongst music fans everywhere, considering his career is still going strong six decades after it started. Rogers is one of the best-selling musicians of all time and his talent is justified with more than 120 hit singles that he’s sold. While he’s never stopped releasing new music, Rogers’ fans have still stuck by his old classics like “The Gambler,” and “Lady.”
While Rogers’ has gone strong for many years, some may be heartbroken to find out that he has decided to cancel his last tour due to health complications. He had scheduled one last world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal,” with several dates listed for venues across the country, however; the cancellation came as a result of his doctor’s urging.
“His doctors fully expect the outcome to be great,” Rogers’ rep said. “But they have advised him to cancel all performances through the end of the year to focus on recuperation.”
While the statement didn’t include any information about his exact health issues, the 79-year-old did share a bit about his aging body in recent interviews. Admitting that he can’t perform like he used to, Rogers’ doesn’t want to have to get on stage and have to apologize for his mobility issues.
“I’m getting to where I don’t walk around well,” he said. “My mobility is really driving me crazy.”
Last year, Rogers also shared a photo of himself on Instagram after having skin cancer removed and he urged his fans to make sure they get checked regularly.
While Rogers hasn’t mentioned whether there will be makeup tours scheduled for the canceled ones, he did share that there will be no ‘comeback tours.’
“That’s always been kind of a rub with me when people retire 10 times,” said Rogers, who is admitted to not spending enough time with his wife and kids. “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.”
Born in 1938, Rogers was born the fourth of eight children in Houston, Texas, where he grew up loving music. By the 50s, he was immersed in the music world and he went from rock’n’roll through psychedelic rock to become a country-pop crossover artist of the 1970s and 1980s. He had a minor solo hit in 1957 called “That Crazy Feeling.”
While he is usually associated with country music, Rogers has fans who love all genres of music, as his songs are catchy and always tell a good story.
In the late 1970s, Rogers teamed up with close friend and country music legend, Dottie West, and the two proved to be a perfect match, winning two gold records, two CMA awards, an ACM nomination, two Grammy nominations and 1 Music City News Award for their two hit albums “Every Time Two Fools Collide” and “Classics.” The two shared that they both bolstered each other’s careers, however; West’s career came to a halt when she died as a result of injuries from a car accident in 1991. Rogers had been with her just hours before.