Kenny Rogers announces his Farewell Down Under tour

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Kenny Rogers/photo submitted

Rogers to perform in Australia and New Zealand for the last time

By Kirt Webster

Grammy Award winning country superstar and contemporary music icon, Kenny Rogers, will return Down Under in January and February for his Farewell Down Under Tour, which will include his final concerts in Australia and New Zealand.

While the concerts will be Rogers’ final performances in Australia and New Zealand, the legendary vocalist will continue to tour in other parts of the world.

Rogers has toured Australia and New Zealand numerous times including his first visit as a member of the First Edition in 1973, with Dolly Parton in 1984 and 1987, with Reba McEntire in 1998 and more recent solo tours in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Since his sold out 2012 visit to Australia and New Zealand, Kenny has been honored with an induction into the American Country Music Hall of Fame, the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, his sixth Country Music Association Award. Previous prestigious accolades include three Grammy Awards, eighteen American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and sales of more than 120 million records (one Diamond, twenty Platinum and thirty two Gold albums) making him one of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Artists of all time.

In addition, Rogers has earned a Grammy Award nomination and CMA Award nomination this year with longtime friend and collaborator Dolly Parton for their new duet, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” which is the title track of Rogers’ current critically acclaimed 32nd studio album released by Warner Bros.The magical Kenny & Dolly reunion was only the third time in the studio together since their Real Love hit in 1985.

His autobiography, Luck or Something like It – A Memoir, was a New York Times Best Seller in 2012 and continues to receive stellar reviews. Rogers has also produced several books of photography and received an Honorary Masters of Photography from the Professional Photographers of America earlier this year.

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