Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years TV Special Adds Tim McGraw, Smokey Robinson to Guest List
Mon, 29 Mar 2010 09:17:47
With his crop of snowy white hair and fuzzy beard, Kenny Rogers is a country music institution. Even after he had botched plastic surgery, which pulled the poor guy's eyes back so tight that he looks like an entirely different person, and not in a good way, we still love this Mr. Rogers! So does the rest of the world, apparently, as Smokey Robinson, Tim McGraw, Chris Isaak, Darius Rucker, Billy Currington and Sheena Easton have all signed on to perform on the television special, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. Previously announced guests include Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Wynonna Judd and The Oak Ridge Boys. The cast of all-stars will perform along with Kenny and a few of the co-stars will host different segments of the show, which spotlights Rogers' six (!!!) decades of hits. The show tapes on April 10 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut.
Parton, Richie, Krauss, Robinson, Isaak, Judd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Easton, original members of The First Edition and Rogers will perform live at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. McGraw, Rucker and Currington will be performing for the show from remote locations.
The show will be shot in pristine, high def, with multiple camera angles, which will make the viewer feel visually surrounded and fully immersed in the concert. And it'll provide a full-on close up of Kenny's beard and that's more than enough of a reason to watch. Director Mark Lucas, who recently directed the concert films for Dave Matthews and Kings of Leon, will lens the special.
Of the special, Rogers graciously said, “When this was first proposed to me as a 50-year celebration, something about that sounded final, and I didn't want that, so I suggested we call it The First 50 Years. I will tell you this. The first 50 years TV show is gonna be awesome – the next 50 years TV show is gonna be a bitch." Fuck yeah, Kenny! We'll be an island in your stream any day. Oh, and by the way, we love this site.
What's your favorite Kenny Rogers song? Do you know men who look like Kenny Rogers?