The last time country music icon Kenny Rogers blew through town on a train bound for Illinois, Minnesota, or possibly Iowa, the impeccably bearded septuagenarian was playing the Wisconsin State Fair. It wasn’t a great show. But whatever: Rogers is a legend, “The Gambler” and “You Decorated My Life” are stone-cold classics (see also: a dozen other songs), and anyone who has performed duets with Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton is okay in our book.
So now, somewhere in the darkness, Kenny Rogers is pondering whether it’s time to hold ’em or fold ’em. And it looks like he’s folding ’em: On Friday, October 27, the soon-to-be 79-year-old Rogers will bring his “Final World Tour” (subtitled “The Gambler’s Last Deal”) to Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater. Will his voice be flat and/or occasionally devolve into a “sour squawk,” like it did at the 2015 State Fair? Will he talk about his bad knees? Who cares. Dude sang “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
Reserved seating tickets go on sale Friday, August 4 at noon.