Kenny Rogers

Well I across this major one off the bucket list. After years of wanting to see Kenny Rogers in concert, our schedules finally aligned and I was once again an NJ resident when he came to the Wellmont Theater in Montclair on May 22nd as a part of The Gambler’s Last Deal World Tour. Seeing as it is his final tour, I splurged and bought a VIP Meet & Greet ticket. Go big or go home, you know?

Kenny and his tour manager, Gene Roy, were great. The definition of southern gentlemen, they treated all of us as if we were old friends. A professional photographer took all of the photos (the ones with Kenny, a group shot, and various photos of us sitting in Kenny’s chair on the stage), and posted them promptly online and available for download just hours after the concert’s end.

VIP M&G

Easily one of my all-time favorite photo ops. Reaction to this photo when posted on Facebook was huge. Kenny is one of the few country singers whose recognition spans the decades.

The concert itself was great. Kenny got tripped up a few times, but between his timeless voice and lyrics, as well as his accompaniest, the stunning Linda Davis, I walked away having had a great time, and singing his tunes the whole ride home.

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