Last duet

Kenny and Dolly an­nounce fi­nal per­for­mance to­gether

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY KRISTIN M. HALL

Two of coun­try mu­sic’s big­gest stars, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Par­ton, whose on­stage chem­istry spawned hit duets like “Is­lands in the Stream’’ and “Real Love,’’ will be mak­ing their fi­nal per­for­mance to­gether this year.

Rogers, who is re­tir­ing from tour­ing, says his fi­nal per­for­mance with Par­ton will be part of an all-star farewell show to be held at Nashville’s Bridge­stone Arena on Oct. 25. The two have been per­form­ing to­gether for more than 30 years since “Is­lands in the Stream,’’ writ­ten by the Bee Gees, be­came a pop cross­over plat­inum hit in 1983.

Other per­form­ers for the farewell show are Lit­tle Big Town, Flam­ing Lips, Id­ina Men­zel, Elle King, Jamey John­son and Ali­son Krauss, with more names to be an­nounced. Rogers made the an­nounce­ment Tues­day at a press con­fer­ence in Nashville. Tick­ets for the show will go on sale July 21.

Rogers, 78, said it’s been more than a decade since he per­formed with Par­ton for a CMT spe­cial.

“I think we owe it to her to let her go on with her ca­reer, but we owe it to me to do it one more time, and we’re go­ing to do that,’’ Rogers said af­ter the press con­fer­ence.

In his 60-year ca­reer, Rogers has had sev­eral suc­cess­ful duet part­ners, in­clud­ing Dot­tie West, Kim Carnes, Sheena Eas­ton and Linda Davis, but Par­ton’s star power made their col­lab­o­ra­tions a tour de force.

“We can go three years without talk­ing to each other and when we get to­gether, it’s like we were to­gether yes­ter­day,’’ Rogers said. “We both feel that com­fort.’’

“Per­form­ing with Kenny for the last time ever on Oc­to­ber 25th is go­ing to be emo­tional for both of us, but it’s also go­ing to be very spe­cial,’’ Par­ton said in a state­ment. “Even though Kenny may be re­tir­ing, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.’’

The ac­tor, singer and pho­tog­ra­pher with hits like “The Gam­bler,’’ ‘’Lady” and ‘’Lu­cille,” an­nounced in 2015 he would do a fi­nal farewell tour be­fore re­tir­ing to spend more time with his fam­ily.

Rogers said he and Par­ton would def­i­nitely sing “Is­lands in the Stream,’’ but be­yond that, he wasn’t sure yet.

“Whether we do some­thing else, I don’t know,’’ Rogers said. “That would re­quire a re­hearsal and I don’t know that Dolly or I, ei­ther one, are up for that.’’

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Kenny Rogers, left, and Dolly Par­ton per­form in this com­bi­na­tion photo. The pair, who spawned hit duets like “Is­lands in the Stream‚” and “Real Love,” an­nounced they will be mak­ing their fi­nal per­for­mance to­gether this year. Rogers, who is re­tir­ing from tour­ing, an­nounced on Tues­day that his fi­nal per­for­mance with Par­ton will be part of an all-star farewell show to be held in Nashville on Oct. 25.

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