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Rogers announces final Xmas tour

Monday, July 18, 2016 – Kenny Rogers announced today his final Christmas & Hits tour, which starts in late November.

Since the release of Rogers' first-ever Christmas album in 1981, "Christmas," Rogers has embarked on an annual Christmas & Hits Tour where he performs holiday favorites and a large selection of hit.

"Christmas has always been a special time of year to me," Rogers said. "The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I'll really miss about not being on the road. We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories."

For his upcoming Christmas & Hits 16-date tour, Rogers will perform holiday favorites, selections from his 2015 Christmas album, "Once Again It's Christmas," and his hits. Linda Davis will open the shows.

Tour dates are:

Nov. 25 - Independence, MO - Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

Nov. 26 - Branson, MO - The Mansion Theatre

Nov. 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
Dec. 2 - La Crosse, WI - La Crosse Center
Dec. 3 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
Dec. 7 - Norfolk, VA - Ted Constant Convocation Center
Dec. 8 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
Dec. 9 - French Lick, IN - French Lick Resort Casino
Dec. 10 - Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Dec. 14 - Greensburg, PA - The Palace Theatre
Dec. 15 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
Dec. 16 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 18 - Reading, PA - Reading Eagle Theatre at the Santander Arena
Dec. 20 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort Casino
Dec. 21 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
Dec. 23 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Rogers announced late last year on NBC's Today show that the world tour, "The Gambler's Last Deal," would be his final time Rogers' farewell tour.

Dates are:
July 22 - Anderson, IN - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
July 23 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
July 24 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
July 31 - Columbus, OH - Ohio State Fair
Aug. 6 - Singapore, Singapore - Star Theatre
Aug. 9 - Bangkok, Thailand - Royal Paragon Hall
Aug. 11 - Manila, Philippines - Araneta Coliseum
Aug. 14 - Taipei, Taiwan - Taipei Arena
Aug. 20 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
Aug. 27 - Albuquerque, NM - Route 66 Casino
Sept. 3 - Charles Town, WV - Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
Sept. 4 - Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs
Sept. 15 - Youngstown, OH - Stambaugh Auditorium
Sept. 16 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
Sept. 17 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sept. 23 - Charlottesville, VA - The Paramount Theater
Sept. 25 - Staten Island, NY - St. George Theatre
Oct. 6 - North Little Rock, AR - Verizon Arena
Oct. 7 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
Oct. 8 - New Orleans, LA - Saenger Theatre
Oct. 27 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
Oct. 31 - Glasgow, Scotland - The SSE Hydro*
Nov. 3 - Amsterdam Zuid, The Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall*
Nov. 7 - Dublin, Ireland - 3Arena*
Nov. 8 - Belfast, Northern Ireland - SSE Arena*
Nov. 10 - London, England - Palladium*
Nov. 12 - London, England - Eventim Apollo*
Jan. 22, 2017 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Jan. 24, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Jan. 28, 2017 - Orange Park, FL - Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts
April 8, 2017 - Danville, KY - Norton Center For The Arts
* with Charlie Worsham

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