Kenny Rogers announces retirement from touring

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Kenny Rogers, winner of the Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award, poses backstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers said he is retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road. Rogers, 77, said in a video message on his website that he wants to spend more time with his two young sons and his wife, Wanda. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers says he’s retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road.

Rogers, 77, says in a video message on his website that he wants to spend more time with his two young sons and his wife, Wanda.

The Grammy-winning singer will be on the road through the end of the year promoting his latest Christmas album, “Once Again It’s Christmas,” and then will do a final world tour in 2016 with cities and dates to be announced later.

Rogers, whose career has spanned country, pop, Christian and folk genres and over 65 albums, says he’s still thinking about making new music.

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