Photo credit: YouTube/Kenny Rogers (Left), Ron Galella Ltd./Getty Images (Right)
Goodbyes are probably one of the most difficult things in this world especially if that person has been a special one and that you shared both the good and the bad in life. That’s how Kenny Rogers feels on the upcoming farewell concert.
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s idea on their final performance together was inspired by their longtime musical love affair.
Rogers has been on his “Farewell Tour,” a 200-date tour, as a means to celebrate, show his gratitude and say goodbye to his fans.
In an interview with Closer, he mentioned that the big idea of their final performance together was Dolly’s.
I told Dolly, ‘I am going to say goodbye and spend more time with my wife and kids,’” he shared. “So she replied, ‘It’s been 13 years since we sang on stage together. You cannot get out of town without us doing something.’”
It’s unimaginable to let someone know that it’s the end of the line for someone who’s been doing something he’s passionate about for the last 30 years. However, it can be considered as a gift and a pleasant surprise for Dolly to have this one last time on stage together.
“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.”
“Dolly is an old and dear friend,” confides Kenny, 78, who reveals the pair will perform their duets, including “Islands in the Stream” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” during All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration, taking place in Nashville on Oct. 25. “You either have old friends or you don’t,” he notes, “and I have always had a friend in Dolly. We have always supported each other and have mutual respect.”
For this final performance with his dear friend Dolly, Roger admits, “It’s going to be very emotional”.
We are all looking forward to this concert, although it’s bittersweet, I’m sure it’s going to be a very special and unforgettable one for all their fans.
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