TOP: The jacket Music Man gave to Kenny Rogers.
TOP: The jacket Music Man gave to Kenny Rogers.

Kenny Rogers fan-atic hits his bliss zone

PICTURE this.

Billboards, a custom- made jacket, a signed tambourine and a Kenny Rogers fanatic running through the aisles dodging security guards and the crowd at Jupiters Casino.

That was me a few years ago when country legend Kenny Rogers (now in his 80s) toured Australia for the last time before his retirement.

I asked my partner to make a custom Kenny jacket to wear to the show.

We rocked up to Jupiters Casino on Gold Coast and in an instant, I fell in love with the huge Rogers billboard out the front of the casino.

I want that, I thought to myself.

The show went on and Rogers' performance was wonderful. At the end of Rogers' show he throws a couple of hand-signed, wooden tambourines into the audience.

I was seated halfway down the auditorium and knew a tambourine certainly wouldn't make it into my area.

Josh Powell Fussell with the huge Kenny Rogers banner.
Josh Powell Fussell with the huge Kenny Rogers banner.

I threw my jacket off, legged it down the aisle past security and presented it to Kenny. He leaned down and gave me his tambourine.

I was elated - but not satisfied.

The day after the show I phoned Jupiters to ask about the billboard. They contacted the company who made it and said I could have it. Goal complete.

Months after the concert I wrote to Rogers' lead guitarist and he sent a personalised photo of the singer which Rogers signed to myself and my partner.

A trio of bliss.

Richmond River Express Examiner Music Man Josh Powell Fussell.
Richmond River Express Examiner Music Man Josh Powell Fussell.


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