Kenny Rogers Says Issues With ‘Mobility’ Prompted His Country Music Farewell

With six decades in the music industry and 24 number 1 songs, Kenny Rogers is ready to hang up his cowboy boots for good.

In a Canadian exclusive, ET Canada heads to Nashville to sit down with the 79-year-old country music superstar, who opens up about his decision to retire.

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Explaining his personal choice to walk away from the stage, Rogers says it was “about a year ago” when he decided he was ready to say farewell after dealing with “mobility” issues. He explains, “It’s no fun to go out there and limp around.”

Looking back at his success, Rogers recalls, “I never dreamed of being bigger. I always dreamed of being happy where I was,” adding, “I take what’s given to me. And since I didn’t put pressure on myself, I think it’s given me more than I ever dreamed it could.”

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For his final goodbye to the stage next week, the country music icon will see his famous friends, including Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton, pay tribute at the “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert Celebration” on Oct. 25 in Nashville.

Speaking of his longtime friendship with Parton, Rogers says, “Everything she says comes from love. So you have to take it that way. She can say the most bizarre things, and she does, and if you remember that they come from love, you can’t be upset.”

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