Kenny Rogers Cancels Farewell Tour Dates Due to 'Health Challenges'
By Antoinette Bueno
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Get well soon, Kenny Rogers.
On Thursday, the 79-year-old country legend canceled all of the performances of his 2018 farewell tour scheduled through the end of the year, citing issues with his health. According to Rogers' rep, the singer has been working through a series of health challenges, and while doctors fully expect the outcome to be great, they have advised him to cancel all of his remaining performances to focus on recuperation.
"I didn't want to take forever to retire," Rogers says in a statement. "I've thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on 'The Gambler's Last Deal' tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they've given me throughout my career and the happiness I've experienced as a result of that."
Refunds to Rogers' canceled performances will be available at the point of purchase. The singer will also no longer perform at the Stagecoach festival on April 29.
ET spoke to Rogers last October, when he talked about retiring not just from performing, but from music altogether.
"The reason is, the record company had said, 'Do you want to do another single, another record?' And I said, 'Nope, because I don't have the energy to promote it,' and that's not fair to them," Rogers explained. "You have to go out and do the radio stations and do all that other stuff and I don't want to, I'd just as soon sit home with my boys."
Rogers and his wife, Wanda, welcomed twin sons Justin and Jordan in 2004. He also has three children from previous marriages. The singer told ET that he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
"Wanda and I have been talking about whether we want to get a place on the lake and a boat and that kind of thing," he shared. "I said, 'You know, that'd be great for two weeks and then we'll be fed up with the boat and be stuck with it.' So, I don't know. We have to wait and see."
"All of it depends on our boys," he added. "They're 13 now and they're going to go to high school at a high school that's quite a distance from the house, so we may buy a property that's a little smaller house and a little larger property."