Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour

On November 27, 2012, Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour came to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre.

In a Seattle Times review, Tom Keogh wrote of the mixed emotions created by the performance, saying

“One of the last concerts remaining on Campbell’s long-running Goodby Tour, which the 76-year-old musician launched last year after announcing he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, the Seattle show underscored the beloved artist’s strengths as a consummate crossover musician since the 1950’s.”

The reviewer went on to say that “…the ravages of Alzheimer’s were very much in evidence” but also that

For the most part, Campbell’s voice was in fine and moving form, still stirring in the higher registers. But his guitar virtuosity was the knockout. The former session ace for Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys, who later brought expressive haunting colors to his own recordings, was very much in evidence.

In the video below, Glen and his family talk about his legendary career (the good times and the bad), his diagnosis with  Alzheimer’s disease, and their  unprecedented decision to share the diagnosis openly. Glen’s extraordinarily supportive family also talk about how they are coping as his condition worsens.

The Goodbye Tour has held over 120 concerts so far this year. In Phoenix Glen sang It’s Only Make Believe, which became his first No. 1 Gold Record (in 1970). As he begins to sing, he imitates Elvis and gets a laugh from the audience. But then he sings that and two more songs straight from the heart. With power and feeling.

And, finally, one last video—Glen Campbell and Ray Charles together on the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour singing Cryin’ Time. No matter how many times I listen, I can’t help tearing up. How about you?

I applaud the Campbell family’s courageous decision to go public about Glen’s diagnosis and to support him musically and emotionally in his Goodbye Tour.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear your comments.

Photo of Glen Campbell and daughter Ashley in Phoenix on the Goodbye Tour taken by David Kadlubowski of The Arizona Republic

6 comments… add one
  • Chandler 01/13/2017, 3:33 pm

    This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows.
    I really miss him and his great contributions to the arts. What a talent!

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  • tours 08/24/2016, 1:41 am

    Thanks for this post. My dream has been to have Glen sing one of my songs. That dream is fading with Glen’s health.
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  • Jake Smith 05/18/2016, 7:59 pm

    lot of good and amazing musician and singer, he is really of them. a remarkable performance.

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  • Madeleine Kolb 12/07/2012, 12:52 pm

    Tom,
    I agree that his impact has often been under-appreciated. I hadn’t followed his career recently, but checking out his work on YouTube I’ve been struck by what a great voice he had and still has.

    I sense that Alzheimer’s disease is destroying his short-term memory which could make it hard (or impossible) to learn new songs. However, his core musical skills honed over decades are still “very much in evidence,” as the Seattle Times reviewer wrote. Perhaps there’s a larger lesson to be learned about this devastating disease.

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  • Tom Rhodes 12/07/2012, 10:47 am

    I met Glen back in 1971 when I was around 13. He was playing golf and took time to talk with me. He made a profound impact on me as at that time he still had the Good Housekeeping seal of approval image. My initial breakthrough as a teenager had that positive Glen impact. His influence on most forms of music has been under-appreciated. My dream has been to have Glen sing one of my songs. That dream is fading with Glen’s health.

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