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Kenny Rogers has made a decision that is going to hit his fans hard Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP
Kenny Rogers performs in concert during the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem Concert at Pier Six Pavilion on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

It was back in 1981 when Kenny Rogers released his first-ever holiday album titled “Christmas.” And, it was that album that marked the beginning of the major icon’s traditional Christmas & Hits tour.

Yep, Kenny has pleased fans by taking his biggest country hits and seasonal standards out on the road every single winter for the past three decades.

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And, with the highly anticipated 35th leg of that tour coming up, the 77-year-old star has made one big decision. He’s decided to call it quits. And nope, he’s not bluffing. The Gambler will launch his Christmas-themed tour one last time with a total of 16 show dates that begin on Nov. 25 in Independence, Missouri and end on Dec. 23 in Westbury, New York. To help celebrate his final hoorah, Kenny will be joined by fellow country singer Linda Davis.

“Christmas has always been a special time of year to me,” Kenny said in a press release “The feeling I get performing on the Christmas tour is one of the things I’ll really miss about not being on the road.”

He continued, “We will be sure to take extra time to cherish some moments on this last go around, and I hope as many people as possible will be able to join us in creating a new set of holiday memories.”

Earlier this year, Kenny announced that his current world tour dubbed “The Gambler’s Last Deal” will also wrap with a farewell to fans. Due to popular demand though, the trek is expected to run into 2017.

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The reason for Kenny’s tough decision to wave goodbye to his fans is because he plans to spend more quality time with his family – wife Wanda and twin sons Jordan and Justin.

In a previous Facebook Live pos,t Kenny explained, “I’ve decided that my goal now is to stay home and help Wanda raise Justin and Jordan, and be as much of an influence on them as my mother and father were on me, because that is what parents are for. And, I wanted you to hear it from me.”

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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