Wednesday, 29 June 2016

REVIEW: Kenny Rogers' Gamblers Last Deal Tour

Kenny Rogers bid farewell to his fans in upstate New York, as the 77-year old singer performed for a full house at the Seneca Allegany Casino on May 28th. The two-time Country Music Hall of Fame inductee came to town with a performance and retrospective that highlighted his extensive career. One of the She's Gone Country girls got the chance to head out to the casino to check out the show with her mother and check out the “The Gambler's Last Deal Tour”.

Though it was interesting and fun to watch old performances and listen to Kenny get nostalgic in the retelling of stories from his life, it was very clear that his retirement from performing is imminent. Having recently undergone knee-replacement surgery, Rogers was not the most spry, opting to remain seated through much of the show and shuffling on and off stage. His voice also didn't hold the same strength as it once did and he relied heavily on audience participation, his incredibly talented backing band and the aid of his special guest Linda Davis (Fun Fact that Kenny revealed: Linda Davis is Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum's mother! I had no idea!).

He took the audience through a timeline of his career and it was a great way for the audience to see him performing one last time and get to experience his music. His stories relating to the songs he performed were fun and interesting and gave the audience an idea of the man behind the music, as he joked about his acting career and song inspirations.

Kenny highlighter each phase of his career, describing the time in his life, the atmosphere, sharing stories and video footage from the time – including his early years in the Bobby Doyle Three and the First Edition with performances of "Something's Burning" and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)". Former First Edition member Mary Arnold was in attendance at the show with her family and Rogers seemed to revel in the opportunity to reminisce about stories at the time.

He showed a montage of images of country music legends that have inspired him while performing "They Just Don't Make 'Em Like You Anymore” and paid homage to the musical greats that he has worked with. In saying his farewell, he revealed that he intends to spend more time with this family and focus on his passion for photography (he ran a slide show of his work while performing “'Merica” and the audience was quite impressed. He also took the opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day by asking the veterans in the audience to stand up and be recognized.

He rounded out the set with some of his biggest hits “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream” and closed the show performing “Blaze of Glory” joined by Linda Davis.

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