Kenny Rogers ends farewell tour early due to ‘a series of health challenges’
Country music veteran Kenny Rogers has pulled the remaining 2018 dates of his farewell trek as he battles “a series of health challenges”.
The retiring singer initially cancelled concerts in North Carolina and Pennsylvania set for May, but now the 79-year-old has been advised by doctors to officially end The Gambler’s Last Deal Tour early.
As a result, Rogers has axed the last few dates on his calendar, including June stops in Rhode Island, and New York City, as well as his only U.K. show – his final performance – at the Livewire Festival in August.
“Kenny Rogers has been working through a series of health challenges,” his publicist shares in a statement issued to People.com. “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.”
“I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers adds. “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 Islands In the Stream hitmaker announced plans to hang up the microphone in 2015, and in October , he was honoured by his peers, friends, and a host of young stars at the All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration tribute in Nashville, Tennessee. Performers included Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton.