Country icon Glen Campbell discusses his Alzheimer's diagnosis, farewell tour, and album on TV special -- and in this Friday's EW

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Glen Campbell made a name for himself with songs like “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy,” all of which have become cornerstones in the history of country music.

In a heartbreaking turn of events, the 75-year-old Campbell announced earlier this summer that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, which is slowly eroding his memory.

Last night on ABC, Campbell sat down to talk about his upcoming album (the excellent Ghost on the Canvas), his plans for a farewell tour, and the difficulties of looking back when your memories are already slipping away.

“I have been blessed,” he said during the broadcast. “I’m not that bright, but God gave me a break.”

Check out the entire video here:

Campbell remains in excellent spirits, though as the video makes clear, he increasingly leans on his wife Kimberly for support.

EW’s Dave Karger had a similar experience when he visited Campbell and his wife at his home in Malibu for a feature in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly that hits newsstands this Friday.

“Age is a word—I’m 75 and I feel like a kid,” Campbell told Karger. Based on the masterful execution of Ghost on the Canvas and the verve that he still possesses when he performs, that appears to be true. “There’s a magical thing that happens when he walks on stage,” Kimberly told EW. “All of a sudden it’s like bam, he’s Glen Campbell.”

Will you be seeing Campbell on his final tour? And what do you think of the general concept of a farewell album, as done previously by greats like Johnny Cash and Warren Zevon?

Read more on EW.com:
Glen Campbell battling Alzheimer’s
Review: Glen Campbell, Meet Glen Campbell


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  • ghost of Elvis

    he was in original True Grit too….matt damon’s part…

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  • Sadly…

    I won’t be able to see him, but it’s okay—in a couple of years he won’t remember anyway. (bah-dum-bum!)

    • slick willie

      whoa thats so hilarious, did you just make that joke up? kudos to you.

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  • PN

    I will miss seeing Glen Campbell perform, but I still remember how he was circling his foot in a rhythmic way when he was performing Rhinestone Cowboy on the old Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters variety show on NBC in the early ’80s. You could see his pointy cowboy boot circling a lot in that performance to the rhythm of the live band’s music when he was strumming his guitar. That, to me, showed that he loved performing in front of audiences for years. It always stood out and it still does today.

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Glen Campbell is one heck of a songwriter. “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”? Amazing.

    • Tom

      Actually, Jimmy Webb wrote it. Still an amazing song. Nobody sings it like Glen!

  • Brett

    I wonder if he’s already forgotten his history of drunk driving, kneeing a cop in the groin, and domestic violence?

    • Dicazi

      It may have been early signs of Alzheimer’s.

      • Nobody You Know

        Those aren’t early signs of Alzheimer’s. In fact, changes in personality and violent behavior are symptoms of later manifestations of the disease (which is far more than just memory loss).

      • Dicazi

        Personality changes and using alcohol to deal with them (self-medicate) ARE signs of mental problems, including dementia.

    • Toomy

      people are so quick to judge as if they have led perfect lives. This is a sad case for our country and our world that people make stupid jokes and past judgement on a man who admits his mistakes and will now pay in the most horrible way you can.

  • Dicazi

    It was so obvious how much he has already lost. He said he was 78 until his wife corrected him, and that he hadn’t noticed any problems related to his memory yet. Bless his wife for sticking with him. I knew a guy that divorced 2 wives when they developed dementia, then he got it himself. Karma.

  • Lisajoy

    There is hope for Glen if he follows the dietary changes outlined in The Dynamite Story of Alzheimer’s Recoveries by Allen Golden. This book tells in plain language about how to defeat this dreaded disease. While recovery is not 100% it is enough to bring back much of the lost memory and personality. It may not work but it may!

  • david

    for all of you that remember his mistakes, give him a break! he brought a lot more happiness than sorrow to this world. I wish we would pray for him not try to hurt him. I think he was a great man not perfect but great GOD BLESS YOU GLEN.

    • @ David

      Amen!

  • myseirrah

    Amen to that People are just cruel and tehy are the ones that willl end up with somethng far worse than what Glen has…. Love his music grew up on it will always listen to it… God Bless You Glen and Family You Are In My Prayers…

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