After 57 years of being a mainstay in the music world, Kenny Rogers made a big announcement this week: He will retire from touring.
The 77-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame singer from Texas has had a remarkable career with 76 albums and more than 120 million record sales. In fact, album number 76 is a brand new one out now, Once Again It’s Christmas. It is Rogers’ first Christmas album in 17 years and sixth overall.
Rogers made the announcement during an interview with Carson Daly and Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show. Rogers cited personal reasons in the interview, saying that he wants to spend time with his wife and kids and enjoy the downtime from the endurance of touring.
Before hanging his hat up, Rogers plans to embark on a worldwide tour in 2016, details of which have not been released yet. His final tour stop may be an appearance on the Today Show, according to the Today Show interview. Though he says this will be his last tour, he hasn’t made it clear if he is leaving open the possibility of one-off shows after the tour.
While dates for his world tour have not been announced, Rogers has several shows scheduled through New Year’s with a few in the New York and Connecticut area including Dec. 11 at the Westchester County Center in White Plains and Dec. 12 at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. More details on these shows can be found on his website.