Rogers preps holiday tour
Friday, November 15, 2013
– Kenny Rogers, the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will perform holiday favorites and his classic hits across the U.S. and Canada on his 32nd Christmas tour - Christmas & Hits Through The Years with Special Guest Linda Davis.
The 24-date run that begins Nov. 27 in Montreal and wraps Dec. 22 in Champaign, Ill.
Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during a Medallion Ceremony in Nashville on Oct. 27.
Rogers finished released "You Can't Make Old Friends: on Oct. 8.The disc debuted at nine on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, marking Rogers' 22nd career Top 10 country album.
Tour dates are:
Nov. 27 - Montreal, QC - Place Des Arts - Wilfrid Pelletier Theatre
Nov. 28 - Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square
Nov. 29 - Wilkes Barre, PA - Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
Nov. 30 - Atlantic City, NJ - Resorts Casino Hotel
Dec. 1 - Concord, NH - The Capitol Center For The Arts
Dec. 2 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort Casino - Event Center
Dec. 3 - Englewood, NJ - bergenPAC
Dec. 4 - Westbury, NY - NYCB Theatre at Westbury
Dec. 5 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Dec. 6 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Dec. 7 - Newport News, VA - Christopher Newport University's Ferguson Center For The Arts
Dec. 8 - Morgantown, WV - West Virginia University - Creative Arts Center
Dec. 9 - Highland Heights, KY - Bank of Kentucky Center
Dec. 10 - Warren, OH - Packard Music Hall
Dec. 11 - Saint Charles, MO - Family Arena
Dec. 12 - Paducah, KY - Carson Center
Dec. 14 - Sault Sainte Marie, MI - Kewadin Casino - DreamMakers Theater
Dec. 15 - Windsor, ON - Caesars Windsor - The Colosseum
Dec. 16 - New Philadelphia, OH - Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
Dec. 18 - Bemidji, MN - Sanford Center
Dec. 19 - Mitchell, SD - Corn Palace
Dec. 20 - Ottumwa, Iowa - Bridge View Center
Dec. 21 - Naperville, IL - Pfeiffer Hall - North Central College
Dec. 22 - Champaign, IL - State Farm Center at University of Illinois
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