Kenny Rogers may quit overseas tours after Glastonbury

Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:04am EDT
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By Jeremy Gaunt

LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran country singer Kenny Rogers says it may be time to call it quits on overseas tours - but not before a stint at Britain's famed Glastonbury festival and a world music gig alongside Berber musicians in Morocco.

Rogers, 74, reckons the time he spends overseas may be too much for his family.

"I have identical twin boys that are nine years old (and) I don't like being that far away from them," five-time married Rogers told Reuters in a telephone interview.

"There is a fine line between being driven and being selfish - I have crossed that line a few times - and I don't want to do that to my boys."

But the music goes on for now.

Rogers jokes that after hitting the charts in seven consecutive decades there are now two kinds of people who listen to him - those born since 1980 and those born before 1960 who can no longer remember 1960.

All of which should make the U.S. singer-songwriter's appearance to woo festivalgoers later this week at the central Pyramid stage at Glastonbury something of a doddle.

Research shows the three-day event on farmland in southwest England - nearly always presented as a sea of mud populated by youngsters in rubber boots known as wellies - actually attracts 175,000 festivalgoers a day with an average age of 36.   Continued...

Singer Kenny Rogers and his wife Wanda Miller watch the match between Rafael Nadal of Spain and Marin Cilic of Croatia at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2011. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne