Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers closed out his tour, “All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” in Nashville on Wednesday with a mic drop.


The pair performed a fantastic concert side-by-side as old friends. The night was full of sentimental moments and various big star’s belting out Rogers’ most famous songs. Parton and Rogers have performed together many times in the past, but this concert was billed as the last time that the pair would perform their seminal duet “Islands in the Streem.”

“How about me and you go out like rock stars?” Parton suggested after they finished their song. Then they linked arms, put their outer arms out, and dropped their microphones to much applause and cheers from the audience.

Before the show, however, Parton told Rogers that she wouldn’t let him retire from music entirely. “I’m just going to let him retire from the public and then we might even write some songs together, who knows,” Parton said. “Oh man, I didn’t even think of that,” Rogers replied.

Parton brought some audience members to tears when she serenaded Rogers with “I Will Always Love You.” “I know I’m artificial, but I like to think my heart is real,” she said. “I have a spot [in my heart] for you that’s never ever going to be touched by anybody else.”

Parton was one of more than 20 artists to honor Rogers, 79, with performances. He had announced his retirement and final tour in 2015. He and his wife Wanda watched from the stage as singers sang his hits. They included Kris KristoffersonChris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big TownLionel Richie, and the Flaming Lips.


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Rogers has been on the music scene for more than 60 years, having made more than 30 studio albums and 24 No. 1 hits. He’s won six CMA Awards as well as three Grammys. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and was voted the Favorite Singer of All Time in a poll.

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