Country music legend Kenny Rogers is currently winding down his farewell tour, The Gambler’s Last Deal, with the intention of retiring and spending more quality time with his wife Wanda and their twin sons, Justin and Jordan. Fans still have a few opportunities to see Kenny performing live. The icon will be finishing up The Gambler’s Last Deal: Christmas and Hits Tour on December 17th in Glens Falls, New York.
The Gambler’s Last Deal: Christmas and Hits Tour Remaining Dates
Dec. 7 – Bloomington, IL
Dec. 8 – Altoona, PA
Dec. 9 – Atlantic City, NJ
Dec. 10 – Bethlehem, PA
Dec. 15 – Wallingford, CT
Dec. 16 – Buffalo, NY
Dec. 17 – Glens Falls, NY
Kenny and The Boys – On Tour
From the beginning of his long farewell stint, Rogers decided to bring his then 11-year-old boys along with him. In a 2016 interview with Rare Country, Kenny shared, “My goal is to spend some time with them and take them to some places they might not have gone without me. So, they can look back someday and say ‘My dad took me there.’ That, to me, is my legacy to them.” Building memories with his youngest sons is clearly important to Rogers.
Meet Jordan and Justin
Jordan and Justin, now entering their teen years, are Rogers youngest sons with his fifth wife, Wanda Miller, whom he married in June of 1997. Rogers also has two sons, Kenny Jr. and Christopher, and one daughter, Carole, from his previous marriages. “My boys are what’s more important to me now than music,” claims Rogers. He regrets it wasn’t always that way. Learning from prior experiences, he’s pledged his devotion to Wanda and their boys.
Check out Jordan, Justin, and Wanda joining Kenny onstage at the North Georgia State Fair in 2014 below!
Parenting: Older vs. Younger
When asked about parenting later in life as opposed to when he was younger, Rogers shared with Taste of Country, “They say that having kids at my age can either make you or break you, and right now I am leaning heavily toward break.” It’s no doubt Rogers loves his sons, he jokingly claims that he’d “have to retire sooner” if the boys accompanied him at every stop during the tour. Wisely, they only attended some of the overseas commitments.
The Big Goodbye
With his family by his side, Rogers’ star-studded farewell concert “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” was held October 25th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The event included many of music’s top performers such as Little Big Town, Lionel Richie, Billy Currington, Lee Greenwood, The Flaming Lips, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Judds, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, and Lady Antebellum. The concert also included Rogers’ long time friend, Dolly Parton. They performed their hit “Islands in the Stream” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends” for the last time together.
Congratulations to Kenny Rogers! Have a long and happy retirement with your sons and Wanda!