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Review: Kenny Rogers takes a seat, but gets a standing ovation in Clearwater

Kenny Rogers performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater Sunday during his farewell tour.

Luis Santana | Times

Kenny Rogers performs at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater Sunday during his farewell tour.

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A bum knee kept country music legend Kenny Rogers seated through much of his afternoon performance at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, but "none of this mattered to a crowd of empathetic baby boomers and beyond, who grew up and old to Rogers' romantic ballads and three-minute myths," writes Steve Persall in his review of Rogers' Clearwater stop on the farewell tour dubbed The Gambler's Last Deal

Rogers set skimmed a 60-year career in barely 100 minutes, performing Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to TownWalkin' My Baby Back Home, Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) and a duet with the late Dottie West that had Rogers singing Every Time Two Fools Collide with her image and voice via video. Linda Davis — the mother of Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott — helped buoy the show, which also featured video compilations with Rogers' celebrity pals and other scenes from a legendary career. 

The 78-year-old Rogers had a sense of humor about his condition, joking about a surgery that "replaced the wrong damn knee," and earning multiple standing ovations through the performance by "singing with conviction, if not always stamina."

You can read Persall's full review here.

-- Christopher Spata

 

[Last modified: Monday, January 23, 2017 11:27am]

    

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