Kenny Rogers intends to retire next year closing the book on an illustrious career that spanned seven decades.
“I’ve done everything I set out to do,” the 78-year-old Rogers explained during a recent conference call with members of the press. “Every goal I’ve set, I’ve done that, and there’s a point where you have to say, ‘I’ve had my turn. Let someone else have it,’ and that’s kind of where I am. It’s not that I dislike music; it’s just that I can’t keep doing this and do what I want to do, which is spend time with my family.”
Rogers added that the primary reason for his retirement is to spend more time with his 12-year-old twin sons. “I have two older boys and I didn’t get to spend this time with my older boys, and I resent it because it’s a very special time in a kid’s age,” he said. “My boys are playing football this year, and we went to watch a game and they were so excited about us being there, and that’s the kind of thing that as a parent you want to be part of as much as you can.”
In November, Rogers will embark on the final leg of his annual Christmas & Hits Tour. He’ll continue touring into 2017 as part of his ongoing, career-spanning retrospective The Gambler’s Last Deal World Tour. As of now, his final scheduled show is set for April 8th, 2017 in Danville, Kentucky. His full list of confirmed dates can be full here.
Over the course of his career, Rogers has sold 120 million albums worldwide, charting records within each of the last seven decades. He has 24 No. 1 singles and 12 No. 1 albums to his name, and currently ranks as the eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. For his efforts, he’s also won three Grammy Awards.
Watch Rogers address his retirement in a video shared on his website: