Major Kenny Rogers Announcement: The First 50 Years: Television Show to Take Place In April
He may no longer have a wood-fired chicken joint near Hollywood and Highland (or anywhere else in the United States at this point save perhaps Ontario Mills), but he’s still the Gambler – albeit with a vaguely western Santa Claus semblance – still the Gambler just the same, and though his signature wood-fired chicken franchise focus of recent decades has shifted to the Far East, full throttle, Kenny’s back on stage in April here in the US of A, performing with guests at some giant casino up in Connecticut and touting his first 50 years in music (don’t be confused, guy’s actually a septuagenarian underneath all that hair and botox). Yesterday’s press release, sent from Nashville, begins with what is probably my favorite subject line of the calendar year to date (as Victor noted, is there any other type of Kenny Rogers announcement?):
Subject: Major Kenny Rogers Announcement
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A CELEBRATION OF A LIVING LEGEND
KENNY ROGERS: THE FIRST 50 YEARS TELEVISION SPECIAL
Taping To Take Place At Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater
On April 10th, 2010
Kenny Rogers To Share The Stage With Many Of His Favorite Friends Including: Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna, The Oak Ridge Boys And Countless Others
February 4, 2009 – Nashville – A beloved, universally known icon of American entertainment will be performing at the event of his lifetime this spring.
It is without question that Kenny Rogers is a living legend and this evening in Nashville, TN at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in front of the assembled media, the first details were announced for an upcoming television special worthy of his musical legacy – Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years.
However, this upcoming event is far more than just a music special, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, will be as star studded as any award show. It will be a rollicking celebration, filled with music and comedy from some of the biggest stars in the entertainment world performing, appearing and sharing stories about Kenny Rogers and his music.
Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna and The Oak Ridge Boys are just some of the early names already slated to appear on the show. The array of artists will be part of the performance, and a few will host different segments of the show travelling through Kenny’s six decades of hits.
Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years will tape on April 10th, 2010 at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods and will be produced by Dreamcatcher Artist Management and Locomotive Entertainment Group. Filmed in pristine hi-definition, digital 3D, this multi-camera, up-close-and-personal special will find the viewer “visually surrounded and fully immersed” in the concert. Mark Lucas, who recently directed the 3D concert films for Dave Matthews and Kings of Leon, will direct, and Monty Powell, 2009 SESAC Songwriter of the Year and producer, will serve as Musical Director.
Tickets may be purchased starting February 11, 2010 at 9 a.m. online at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com, by calling the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Box Office at 1-866-646-0609, by calling Ticketmaster, or in person at the MGM Grand Box Office.
“When this was first proposed to me as a 50-year celebration, something about that sounded final, and I didn’t want that, so I suggested we call it ‘The First 50 Years,’” Rogers said. “I will tell you this, the first 50 years TV show is gonna be awesome – the next 50 years TV show is gonna be a bitch.”
The red carpet for this event will certainly have to roll for a long way, as there are so many superstars from music, movies, and sports that Kenny has touched over the course of his 50 years in entertainment. It will certainly be an unforgettable night for everyone involved.
Kenny is one of a handful of artists to sell over 125 million albums. He also holds the very rare distinction of having a hit single in each of the last six decades. His television movie “The Gambler” is one of the highest rated TV movies of all time. His duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands In The Stream,” is the #1-selling duet of all time. His extensive history of success also includes 20 platinum, 27 gold records and a Diamond-certified Greatest Hits album that has sold more than 24 million copies worldwide. He has won three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He has recorded 65 albums and is ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.
With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and a recent gold certification (21 Number Ones). Whether it’s his classic or current hits, or his recent appearance on “American Idol,” his relevance in the world of music and pop culture has never been stronger.
“The First 50 Years will reflect the diverse talent Kenny has crossed paths with and enjoyed friendships with throughout the years,” said Dreamcatcher Artist Management President/CEO Jim Mazza. “That is what will make this once-in-a-lifetime celebration so special.”
“MGM at Foxwoods has provided us with an incredible venue in which to celebrate the career of a true icon, Kenny Rogers,” said Locomotive Entertainment Group President Gabriel Gornell. “We are planning on shooting a television event that will allow viewers to share in what is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime music experience.”
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with Dreamcatcher Artist Management’s music industry leadership and the creative production expertise of Locomotive Group,” states Joseph Jimenez, Senior Vice President for Foxwoods Marketing. “Foxwoods is a destination recognized and unmatched in service standards and signature world class entertainment; attracting over 16 million visitors a year. We are truly honored to host this amazing event celebrating our dear friend, Kenny Rogers’ 50 years of success in the Entertainment Industry.”
Kenny Rogers is the singer, the photographer, the producer, the actor, the songwriter, and of course… the Gambler.
Details on the network airing the special, more guest stars and other surprises will be announced shortly.
For all of the latest news, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website: www.kennyrogers.com.