What songs will Kenny Rogers play in concert?
Country artists have a certain tenacity to them that keeps them going for decades while also providing a new record every other year for the duration of their career. Kenny Rogers has almost thirty albums to his credit; between 26-35 depending on what you include as a studio album. He is touring on his latest album, You Can’t Make Old Friends. Oddly, he only pulls out one song live from that new record; the throwback tune, “’Merica.”
Rogers tosses about quite a few covers both within and outside the country genre. This is pretty standard for the genre, and something fans of Rogers have come to expect coming into his shows. His newest arsenal of covers includes the Jerry Lee Lewis tune “Just Dropped In.” He also wraps up his set (or at least moves it to the two closing songs) with a string of covers. These include Don Schlitz’s “The Gambler” and the John Hiatt country classic crooner, “Have a Little Faith in Me.”
The artist’s most popular song is “Islands in the Stream,” his original duet with Dolly Parton. Despite it being oddly covered by the Bee Gees in the late 70’s, Rogers and Parton hold ownership to this original classic. It comes as a little surprise for him to close the majority of shows with this track.
Rogers first major hit was “Lucille” from his 1977 self-titled album. He begins his encore with the song as perhaps an ode to his past success. It is also one of the oldest original compositions Kenny Rogers still manages to play on a regular basis. One of his top 5 most popular songs, “Lady,” plays in the middle of the set or towards the end. With this, Rogers plays his late career shows rather safe, staying away from newer material despite their modest sales and critical reception. He keeps the set moving with a collection of intriguing covers.
Rogers brings out “Daytime Friends,” the opening track from Lucille, in the middle of the setlist for a wonderful crowd reception. He will sometimes trade that song out for another early hit, “The Greatest.”
During the Christmas seasonal tours, Rogers slants his material towards holiday standards. He will often deploy at least one traditional seasonal song, such as Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” or “Silent Night.”
Rogers recorded a duet with Bob Segar in the 90’s. It was a cover of Bob Segar’s 80’s rock epic, “We’ve Got Tonight.” This song is sometimes thrown into the set at the admission of a choice Christmas song. He plays this toward the end of the set, and another singer accompanies him in the duet vocals.
Love or Something Like It
It’s a Beautiful Life
If You Want to Find Love
Through the Years / Ruby
Love the World Away
Coward of the County
Buy Me a Rose
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
We’ve Got Tonight
Have a Little Faith in Me
Islands in the Stream
How long is a Kenny Rogers concert?
A typical Kenny Rogers show contains 100 minutes of music with a 20 minute intermission. In all, the show comes up to about two hours in length.
Does Kenny Rogers still bring it all at 76 years old?
It is difficult to remain extremely energetic at such an age, but Rogers still has a dynamic stage presence to him. Rogers’ voice has fallen in the last decade, but his vocals were never a focal point of his material. Fortunately, Rogers backing band is absolutely sensational, making up for any lacking in Rogers’ own abilities.
Kenny Rogers released a more reflective and somber album in 2013, and this energy is replicated onstage. He is aging gracefully into a more folk-oriented direction, and that comes forward in 2014.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Kenny Rogers’ tour?
There aren’t many presale opportunities for Kenny Rogers. Select venues are running presales on the Through the Years Tour. Join their mailing list and follow their social media accounts for information regarding presale codes.
Who is Kenny Rogers’ publicist and press contact?
Kenny Rogers has partnered with Webster and Associates. Media inquiries related to the country legend can be directed to Abbey Stanerson. She can be reached by phone only at 615-777-6995 ext 238. She also works with Tower of Power, Randy Travis, and Midnight Red. Interestingly, she is also a publicity leader for Rogers confidant Dolly Parton.
“As fans left the Kenny Rogers show, they were warmed by the memories of songs they know well and a man who won’t let age hold him back. And as ladies and their gentlemen friends shuffled to the parking garage, snippets of praise floated through the air.” – Sam McDonald of the Daily Press
“Now 75, Rogers seemed somewhat frail onstage, walks like a man his age, and struggles to hit the high and low notes, but his charisma as an accomplished performer and ability to engage the audience with chatter between every song well made up for any shortcomings.” – Keith O’Connor of Mass Live
“It’s easy to come to the conclusion, especially after watching Kenny Rogers sing for an hour-and-a-half, that this man is one well-seasoned performer. Although his scratchy voice is distinctive, Rogers is by no means – nor has he ever been – a knockout vocalist. The his credit, though, Rogers just looks so darn comfortable on stage; as if he’s been there his whole life.” – Dan MacIntosh of the Country Standard Time
Note: Kenny Rogers has done an annual Christmas tour for 32 years running. Many years this is the only tour he does. Dates are consistent, starting late November and goes to December 22nd.