Fi­nal duet

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - 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 al­ls­tar 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 last Tues­day at a press con­fer­ence in Nash­ville.

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 25 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.”

—AP

Rogers, who is re­tir­ing from tour­ing, an­nounced that his fi­nal per­for­mance with Par­ton will be part of an all-star farewell show to be held Oct 25.

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