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