MUSIC ICON LIONEL RICHIE ADDED TO ALL-STAR CONCERT CELEBRATION HONORING KENNY ROGERS
"ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS' FAREWELL CONCERT CELEBRATION" TO BE HELD AT NASHVILLE'S BRIDGESTONE ARENA ON OCTOBER 25, 2017
ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME FINALE WITH DOLLY PARTON & KENNY ROGERS THAT WILL MAKE MUSIC HISTORY
A LIMITED NUMBER OF PLATINUM TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE VIA TICKETMASTER.COM
Entertainment Tonight Announces Richie's Addition To Lineup
Lionel Richie will join an all-star lineup of musicians performing some of Kenny Rogers greatest hits at this one-night-only farewell concert celebration in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. "All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration" will feature some of the biggest stars in Nashville, including: Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Wynonna Judd, Naomi Judd, and Elle King. The star-studded event will include very special surprise guests, unforgettable duets with country and pop music royalty and a once-in-a-lifetime finale that will make music history.
Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers’ friendship is decades in the making. The two larger-than-life performers have shared countless memories both on and off stage, and together contributed one of music’s most endearing and timeless hits, “Lady.” Written by Richie for Rogers, “Lady” touched the hearts of millions of fans, and cemented a lifelong friendship between the two talented artists.
"A lifetime of friendship and I could not be more honored to be a part of Kenny’s Farewell Concert Celebration,” says Richie. “It’s going to be a special night.”
A limited number of platinum tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children's Center.
Blackbird Presents' Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville's recent highly acclaimed "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard," is the creator and executive producer of "All In For The Gambler." GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers' manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
About Blackbird Presents: Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.
Blackbird's recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard," "The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson," "Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert," "Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings," "I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples," "The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris," "Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans," "The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music," and "All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman," the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal's awe-inspiring performance of "Statesboro Blues."
Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour.
Visit us at www.blackbirdpresents.com
About Lionel Richie: Lionel Richie (singer-songwriter, record producer) International superstar Lionel Richie has a discography of albums and singles that are second to none. His music is part of the fabric of pop music; in fact, Richie is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having #1 records for nine consecutive years. With more than 100 million albums sold worldwide, an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, four Grammy Awards®, the distinction of MusicCares person of the year in 2016, and Kennedy Center Honoree in 2017. The Tuskegee, Alabama native is a true music icon.
Lionel Richie is known for his mega-hits such as “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck on You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and one of the most important pop songs in history, “We Are the World,” written with Michael Jackson for USA for Africa. His song catalog also includes his early work with The Commodores, where he developed a groundbreaking style that defied genre categories, penning smashes such as “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and “Easy.”
Richie is a judge on ABC’s American Idol this season. He launched his Las Vegas headlining residency show, Lionel Richie—All the Hits, at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in April 2016. In an unforgettable evening featuring his brightest and best anthems which have defined the music icon’s unparalleled career, Richie takes his fans on a spectacular musical journey, performing a variety of his seminal hits.
With his most recent All the Hits, All Night Long Tour, Richie sold out arenas worldwide with a set list of his brightest and best anthems. In recent years, he also headlined festivals including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Glastonbury, drawing the festival’s biggest crowd ever with more than 200,000 attendees.
About Kenny Rogers: Kenny Rogers began recording in the late 1950s, notching a local hit in the Houston, TX market with "That Crazy Feeling" that resulted in a national TV appearance on "American Bandstand." After stints with the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Three and folk favorite The New Christy Minstrels, Rogers formed The First Edition in 1967. As the lead singer of the group, Rogers sang on the band's biggest hits, such as "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town." The group, who hosted their own syndicated television series, "Rollin'", stayed together through 1975.
In 1976, Rogers signed a deal in Nashville with United Artists. With the help of producer Larry Butler, Rogers released "Lucille" in early 1977, his first No. 1 hit. The singer would tally many classics through the decade, including "Love Or Something Like It," "Sweet Music Man," "The Gambler," and "Every Time Two Fools Collide," which he recorded with the late Dottie West. Rogers was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both the CMA and the ACM, being also recognized as Entertainer of the Year by the latter in 1979.
In 1980, Rogers made musical history with his cross-over success of "Lady." The Lionel Richie composition netted the singer a hit in the Country, Pop, AC, and R&B fields. The album from which the song was pulled, Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits, was certified Diamond for sales of over ten million units. In the 1980s, he stayed on top of the charts with hits like "I Don't Need You," "We've Got Tonight," and "Morning Desire," and sang on the GRAMMY® winning USA For Africa charity single, "We Are The World," joined by an unprecedented number of music legends. He also established a successful career as an actor – with roles in The Gambler movie series – and as a photographer, with several published books of photos to his credit, including "This Is My Country."
Rogers has sold over 120 million albums worldwide during his career, making him one of the best-selling male artists of all-time according to the RIAA, with twenty Platinum albums and eleven Gold. He has won awards from every organization imaginable, including multiple GRAMMY® Awards, as well as CMA, ACM, CMT, TNN, Music City News, and American Music Awards. In 2012, Rogers released his successful memoir, "Luck or Something Like It" and became a New York Times Best-Selling Author. In the fall of 2013, Rogers was bestowed with his biggest honor, being inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He continues to endear himself to audiences through his timeless music, and appearances on television – including a well-received Geico commercial in 2015.
In the fall of 2015, Kenny Rogers made headlines with the announcement that he would soon embark on a farewell tour – after one of the most successful and iconic careers in the history of show business. The spring of 2016 saw the singer begin that process with his "The Gambler's Last Deal" Final World Tour, saying goodbye to his loyal legion of fans one city and one night at a time in what has been a critically-acclaimed night of music and memories.