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Rogers starts final tour in May

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Kenny Rogers will begin his final world tour in May in Minnesota, a tour slated to run into 2017.

Rogers announced late last year on NBC's The Today Show that this upcoming tour would be his last. "The Gambler's Last Deal" will include special guest Linda Davis for all dates, along with Charlie Worsham for select dates in Europe.

Davis had a number one song, "Does He Love You" with Reba McEntire. Worsham, who toured in Europe earlier this year, is currently in the studio working on the follow up to his debut, "Rubberband."

"I'm excited about making one more sweep around the world," Rogers said. "For more than five decades, I've been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences and their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special."

"The Gambler's Last Deal" concerts will include a look back through Rogers' career. Enhanced with stories, photos and video clips, the retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers' career. Rogers plans to sing songs he hasn't performed in years.

Tour dates are:
May 13 - Mahnomen, MN - Shooting Star Casino
May 14 - Red Wing, MN - Treasure Island Resort & Casino
May 15 - Clear Lake, IA - Surf Ballroom
May 21 - Rochester, NY - Kodak Center for Performing Arts
May 22 - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
May 26 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
May 27 - Watertown, NY - Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
May 28 - Salamanca, NY - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino
June 4 - Crockett, TX - Crockett Civic Center - SOLD OUT
June 17 - Vienna, VA - The Filene Center at Wolf Trap
June 19 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 22 - Del Mar, CA - San Diego County Fair
June 24 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Resort
June 25 - Laughlin, NV - The E Center - Edgewater Casino Resort
June 26 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
June 28 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
June 29 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
June 30 - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
July 1 - Bakersfield, CA - Bright House Networks Amphitheatre
July 2 - Indio, CA - Fantasy Springs Resort Hotel & Casino
July 9 - Grand Ronde, OR - Spirit Mountain Casino
Jul 14 - Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
July 15 - Enid, OK - Enid Event Center
July 16 - Stockdale, TX - Kosciusko Hall
July 22 - Anderson, IN - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
July 23 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
July 24 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
July 31 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
Aug. 6 - Singapore, Singapore - Star Theatre
Aug. 9 - Bangkok, Thailand - Royal Paragon Hall
Aug. 11 - Manila, Philippines - Araneta Coliseum
Sept. 4 - Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs
Sept. 16 - Morristown, NJ -
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Oct. 6 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Oct. 7 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 8 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
Oct. 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro*
Nov. 3 - Amsterdam Zuid, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall*
Nov. 7 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena*
Nov. 8 - Belfast, UK - SSE Arena*
Nov. 10 - London, UK - Palladium*
Nov. 12 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo*

* with Charlie Worsham

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