Kenny Rogers has confirmed he will head off the road and retire from music. The country legend made the announcement on the Today show Friday and said, “It’s sadly happy.” His annual Christmas tour, in support of his sixth holiday album, Once Again Its Christmas, which releases today, will begin Nov. 11. He’ll play 26 dates and then wrap Dec. 23. A global farewell tour will kick off in 2016.
“I’ve done this long enough. Sometimes there’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger,” he said on the show. “I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don’t see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list.”
As for that bucket list, it involves issuing more photography collections, he tells Rolling Stone Country. Rogers previously released a collection of celebrity portraits titled Your Friends and Mine in 1987 and this time says he will focus on landscapes, probably over the course of two books.