LOVELAND REPORTER-HERALD | Loveland, CO
By Jessica Benes
To hear segments of Jessica’s interview with country music singer, Kenny Rogers, click on the audio links here: http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_22027920
GO & DO
Kenny Rogers in Concert
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.
Budweiser Events Center, 5290 Arena Circle, Loveland.
$27.50-$47.50 plus applicable fees; available at comcastTIX.com, 877-544-8499 or at the box office.
Kenny Rogers is on his Christmas tour through Dec. 23 and will do 26 shows.
The word "success" has never been important to Kenny Rogers. Rogers has published four photography books. He's written books, including an autobiography just released Oct. 2 called "Luck or Something Like It." And he's been an actor.
But music is what he is.
In a phone interview where he talked about photography, Christmas and music, Rogers said, "My mother always said, you find a job you love and you'll never regret it. I've been blessed to sing songs."
Rogers has been a musician for 50 years. This is his 30th year touring for Christmas. He will perform fan favorites and popular hits in Loveland on Nov. 29 at the Budweiser Events Center.
The holiday tour gives Rogers a chance to sing songs that he doesn't get to sing the rest of the year. "It supercharges me," he said. "I've always had this affinity for Christmas. It gives me a chance to go up north, have some snow during this seasonal thing."
Rogers will do 26 shows this year starting the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 23.
Kenny Rogers on his fans by Loveland Reporter-Herald
Kenny Rogers lookalikes used to show up in the fifth row of his shows. There is even a website dedicated to the hobby of mirroring Rogers called "Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers."
"They always dressed up like my last album cover. It was fun to watch that," Rogers said. "If you have a gray beard, you qualify. It's just fun."
The website's Tips For How to Look Like Kenny Rogers include "wear hair swept back, as if a stiff breeze were constantly in the air," "keep beard trimmed neater than Richard Simmons' tank top drawer," "A sweater loosely tossed around the neck passes for the modern Kenny" and "If you really want to get people's attention and make them wonder, 'Is that the guy who sang with Dolly Parton?,' you're going to want to go with the black leather vest over the white button up shirt."
Rogers said that as long as the lookalikes portrayed him tastefully, he was OK with it.
Kenny Rogers on Photography by Loveland Reporter-Herald
Rogers starts a hobby and gets obsessed with it, he said. Photography has been a passion of his. He's shot photos in the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, China, Africa, Egypt and more. He doesn't like to take photos of people because he feels it is an invasion of privacy so he shoots images that are indicative of culture, like the Great Wall of China. The hobby has lost some of its glamour since he has a bad knee and back and can't go to the bottom of a waterfall to take an upward shot.
"Someone said I was a great photographer," Rogers said. "It's not that I'm a great photographer. I'm a good photographer who goes to great places."
Rogers is working on a new album now, which continues his theme of singing music that has social significance or tells a story. "I've always liked to do songs that say what every man would like to say and every woman would like to hear," he said. He found a song he loves called "Dreams of the San Joaquin" about migrant workers during the dust bowl era and sending money home to their families. He approached his record company about the song and they told him not to worry about the radio, just do 10 great songs. "It's a great mandate to have from a record company," he said. "It's very unusual."
Kenny Rogers talks about new album and music by Loveland Reporter-Herald