Kenny Rogers has announced that he will retire from music next year.
The veteran singer started his career in 1958, releasing 27 solo studio albums – the most recent being 2013’s ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends’.
Speaking to Billboard, Rogers explained that he had no further plans to record or perform after the conclusion of his current tour.
“I’ve done everything I set out to do,” Rogers explained. “Every goal I’ve set, I’ve done that, and there’s a point where you have to say, ‘I’ve had my turn. Let someone else have it,’ and that’s kind of where I am. It’s not that I dislike music; it’s just that I can’t keep doing this and do what I want to do, which is spend time with my family.”
The singer also explained that he had family reasons for deciding to retire, citing the 12-year-old twins he has with his fifth wife, Wanda Miller.
“I have two older boys and I didn’t get to spend this time with my older boys, and I resent it because it’s a very special time in a kid’s age,” he said. “My boys are playing football this year, and we went to watch a game and they were so excited about us being there, and that’s the kind of thing that as a parent you want to be part of as much as you can.”
Roger’s now-farewell tour will conclude on April 8, 2017 in Danville, Kentucky. He will visit the UK and Ireland for the last time in November, including two dates at the London Palladium.
Rogers performed in the “Legends” slot on Glastonbury Sunday at the 2013 festival.