Kenny Rogers coming to Christchurch

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 13:09 31/07/2014
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CHEERS, KENNY: He’s 75, he’s sold more than 120 million albums, and he recently played to a crowd of 130,000. Now Kenny Rogers will perform at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena.

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The man who has made a life out of reading people's faces and knowin' what the cards were is heading to Christchurch.

Grammy legend and country music superstar Kenny Rogers has announced two New Zealand shows, at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch on February 13 and Hamilton's Claudelands Arena on February 15, next year.

Rogers is a singer, musician, songwriter, photographer, fried chicken entrepreneur, producer, actor and, of course, The Gambler.

One of the top 10 best selling artists of all time, Rogers is touring here as part of his Through The Years World Tour.

Since his sold out 2012 visit, Rogers has been inducted into the American Country Music Hall of Fame, won the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and played at the Glastonbury Festival, in Britain, in front of over 130,000 fans.

Previous prestigious accolades include three Grammy Awards, 80 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and sales of more than 120 million albums.

His back catalogue spans seven decades and multiple genres, including hits such as The Gambler, Coward of the County, Reuben James, Lucille, Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town, Lady, She Believes in Me, Islands in the Stream, We've Got Tonight, Daytime Lovers, Sweet Music Man, You Decorated My Life, Buy Me A Rose, I Can't Unlove You, Through The Years and more.

Last year he released his 32 studio album, You Can't Make Old Friends, reuniting with old friend Dolly Parton for the title track duet.

Tickets for the New Zealand shows go on sale to the general public at 9am, August 8, through Ticketek, www.ticketek.co.nz 

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