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Kenny Rogers has called on good friend and fellow icon Dolly Parton to duet with him onstage one last time.

The two, who have collaborated on hits like, “Islands in the Stream,” “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” “Love Is Strange” and “Real Love,” will delight fans on October 25, during an all-star show dubbed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration.”


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“We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career,” Kenny said of Dolly in a July 18, statement. “I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”

The farewell concert, which honors Kenny’s 60 years in music, will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and include additional performances by Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and more still to be announced.

Kenny, who announced plans to retire in 2016, is certain that he’ll be overcome with emotion when he takes the stage for the event. But, he’s looking forward to spending quality time with his two twin boys, Justin and Jordan, and his wife, Wanda.

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“I mean. I’ve done this for 60 years. I don’t know what else I’m going to do, but I really do plan — whether they like it or not —  to go home and spend some time with Justin and Jordan,” he said at a July 18 press conference in Nashville.

Tickets for “All In For The Gambler” go on sale July 21 at 10 a.m. CT through Ticketmaster.com. Kenny has additional dates on his final tour scheduled through early November..

The days of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton singing together are coming to an end (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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