Dodge City is welcoming another famous gambler to town.
Country music star Kenny Rogers will bring The Gamblers Last Deal Tour to United Wireless Arena on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday, Feb. 10.
According to a press release, Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades. The enduring Country Music Hall of Fame member and pop superstar has endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling and universal appeal. Rogers is on what will be his final world tour with a show that celebrates his musical legacy — The Gambler’s Last Deal.
Rogers has played to millions of fans around the world, performing songs from his catalog of 24 No. 1 hits including "The Gambler," "Lucille," "Coward of the County," "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town," "Lady," "Islands in the Stream," "She Believes In Me," "We've Got Tonight," "Daytime Friends," "Through The Years," "You Decorated My Life," and "Buy Me A Rose."
Rogers has charted a record within each of the last seven decades (’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, 2000s, 2010s). He has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. Rogers has won many awards for his music and charity work, including three Grammy Awards, 19 American Music Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards (including the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013) and the Artist of a Lifetime Award at the CMT Artists of the Year 2015 award show.
Houston-born Rogers formed his first band while in high school in 1956 — a doo-wop group called the Scholars — and has never quit making music. He charted as a solo artist in the late ’50s with "That Crazy Feeling" and performed the song on American Bandstand, played stand-up bass in the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Three (appearing on their album released by Columbia Records), and in 1966 became a member of the popular folk group, The New Christy Minstrels.
The spotlight started focusing on Rogers when his group, the First Edition, scored their first hit, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Pop and country chart success followed for the band with "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town" (when the group officially became known as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition). A string of hits, including "Reuben James," "Something’s Burning" and "Tell It All Brother," and a TV variety show called Rollin’ continued to make the popular group relevant. But it was Rogers’ breakthrough, Grammy-winning performance of "Lucille" as a solo artist in 1977 that propelled him to superstardom, launching one of the most prosperous careers in the history of music. Certified gold, "Lucille" was named Song of the Year and Single of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and also earned Single of the Year honors from the Country Music Association.
"Daytime Friends," "Sweet Music Man," and "Love Or Something Like It" continued Rogers’ run of success. Then came his smash hit, "The Gambler," a story song so vivid it not only delighted country and pop fans, it also became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role as Brady Hawkes. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television. The five Gambler mini-series have attracted more than 100 million viewers nationwide and launched a second career for Rogers as an actor on television and movies, including another TV movie based on one of his No. 1 hit songs, "Coward of the County."
While drawing new listeners and fans to country music in the 1980s, he came to embody the role of the sensitive male, singing such romantic hits as "Through The Years," "She Believes In Me," "You Decorated My Life," and "Lady," the biggest song of his career.
Rogers, who was once voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, still loves touring and recording new music. Even so, Rogers came to a conclusion that family is more important than touring at this stage in his career, once he’s played the final date of his last world tour.
"I’ve been so lucky to have enjoyed such a long career and to have such amazing support from my fans and all who have helped me along the way, but there comes a time when I need to focus on spending time with my family," Rogers said. "My life is about my wife and my 11-year-old twin boys right now. There are a lot of things I want to do together with them to create some special memories. I don’t have a bucket list of my own — I have a bucket list of things I want to do with them."
For more information, contact United Wireless Arena’s ticket office at 620-371-7889.