Country music legend Kenny Rogers made a tragic announcement earlier this year when he revealed that he will be retiring at the end of the current 200-date tour he is on. Now, he is opening up about how emotional it will be for him to perform with fellow legend Dolly Parton for the last time.
“I told Dolly, ‘I am going to say goodbye and spend more time with my wife and kids,’” said Rogers, 78, according to Fox News. “So she replied, ‘It’s been 13 years since we sang on stage together. You cannot get out of town without us doing something.’”
He added that it was Parton who suggested creating a special one-night-only event in honor of his retirement.
“Working with Dolly is always emotional because we have so much history together,” he explained on their 30-year friendship. “Dolly is an old and dear friend. You either have old friends or you don’t and I have always had a friend in Dolly. We have always supported each other and have mutual respect.”
Rogers and Parton are set to take the stage for the final time together on October 25 in Nashville. There, they will perform duets like “Islands in the Stream” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” during the All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration.
“Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special,” Parton said in a statement. “Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”
“I think we owe it to her to let her go on with her career, but we owe it to me to do it one more time, and we’re going to do that,” Rogers added.
God bless these two country music legends!