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Lionel Richie, Elle King, Hillary Scott Salute Kenny Rogers In Nashville
A three-time GRAMMY winner, Kenny Rogers is nothing short of a legend in the country music world. It's no surprise then that he got the all-star treatment for his final career Nashville, Tenn., tour stop on Oct. 25.
As a stop on his All In For The Gambler final tour, his show at Bridgestone Arena was all about celebrating Rogers' legacy. Covering all his greatest hits, such as "Love Or Something Like It," the GRAMMY-winning "Lucille," "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," "Twenty Years Ago," "Me And Bobby McGgee," and of course, "The Gambler."
Artists from across the music world came together to deliver this career-spanning set list, including Elle King, the Judds, Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Kris Kristofferson, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, and Idina Menzel.
In a special final performance together, GRAMMY winner Dolly Parton closed the show hand-in-hand with Rogers. After showing a live performance clip of "Real Love" from 1985, Parton and Rogers emerged from backstage to barb at one another and finally to sing their 2013 single "You Can't Make Old Friends." Parton then surprised Rogers with a rendition of her "I Will Always Love You" before the pair finished with their eternal classic, "Islands In The Stream."
While Rogers still has more tour dates on the calendar through December, this special home show victory lap marks the symbolic close of a remarkable live career.
"It's sad on one hand, but on the other hand, you have to do it sooner or later," Rogers said of his final tour. "Either that, or die out there. That wasn't my choice."