Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement

Kenny Rogers shared some sad news to country music fans today.

While visiting NBC’s Today show, he announced he is retiring from touring.

“It’s sadly happy,” he explained.

The superstar will hit the road for his Christmas tour on November 11, which stops at 26 cities, ending on December 23. From there, Rogers will take a permanent break from hitting the road.

“I’ve done this long enough. Sometimes there’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger. I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don’t see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list.”

So what will he do with all his free time? According to Rolling Stone, Rogers hopes to make a photography book.

“There are probably 550 pictures, so there will be at least two books. One will be called American Beauty, and it’s all waterfalls and beautiful canyon shots,” he told the magazine. “It’s really spectacular. And the other will be places I’ve been and things I’ve seen, and it’ll be pictures from China, Africa, Europe, Switzerland — over the Alps in a helicopter.”

He releases his sixth holiday album called Once Again It’s Christmas today, which features Alison Krauss, Jennifer Nettles, The Time Jumpers and more.

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