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