Glen Campbell : Singer Glen Campbell Suffering From Alzheimer’s Disease
Veteran singer Glen Campbell, who announced in February that he’ll do a retirement tour this year, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In an interview, the singer’s wife, Kim, said she wanted fans to be aware of his condition: “Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer, but if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?’ ”
Glen Campbell,75, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six months ago after years of short-term memory loss. Dates of the farewell tour have yet to be revealed, but it looks likely, most of his tour dates scheduled so far are in October and November in the United Kingdom, with one show next month in Biloxi, Miss. Additional dates are expected to be scheduled soon.
Glen Campbell had 27 Top 10 country hits in the 1960s and 1970s, among them “Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He also toured with the Beach Boys, playing guitar on their “Pet Sounds” album, and appeared alongside John Wayne in “True Grit.”
In addition to his tour, Glen Campbell is releasing an album Aug. 30, “Ghost on the Canvas.”