“The Gambler” singer, who is set to release his first Christmas album in 17 years, will cash in his chips after his upcoming tour.
This morning on The Today Show, Kenny Rogers announced that he is retiring from the music business after his next world tour, which will support his forthcoming Once Again It’s Christmas.
The album will be his first holiday record in 17 years, following up 1998’s Christmas From the Heart. The tour, officially called the Once Again It’s Christmas Tour Featuring Linda Davis, will feature holiday songs as well as the country legend’s other No. 1 hits.
Rogers has made a Christmastime tour an annual tradition ever since the release of 1981’s Christmas.
“Christmas is my favorite time of year,” Rogers said in a press release from July. “It’s a very important season for me, especially now that I have twin boys who just turned 11 years old. It’s reminded me of how you see it through different eyes when you’re a parent. It’s wonderful.”
You can pre-order the album, tickets for the tour (which begins November 11 in Niagara Falls, Ontario), or both at his website. Might as well get on top of that now — after all, there are only 88 shopping days left until Christmas.