September 12, 2011 by Amy Gold
In his final farewell, 75-year-old Glen Campbell kicked off "The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour" in New Brunswick, Canada on September 2, 2011. The legendary singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011 after having struggled with short-term memory loss for several years. Campbell's concert tour follows the release of his final album, "Ghost on the Canvas," on August 30, 2011, which was released through Surfdog Records.
"Ghost on the Canvas" includes many new songs written by Glen Campbell, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, and Paul Westerberg of The Replacement, some of which reflect on Campbell's recent diagnosis. Musicians Billy Corgan and Chris Isaak also contributed to some of the album's 16 tracks. During recording sessions, Campbell's producer, Julian Raymond, took notes to record conversations between them. The notes provided stories about Campbell's life and were used to write new material, such as the autobiographical song, "A Better Place," which speaks to the better place that awaits him following the many successes and failures of his life. The reflective and moving tracks on "Ghost on the Canvas" bring to the forefront Campbell's vulnerability while showcasing the full-bodied sound of Campbell's old country hits.
Campbell's career spans five decades. In 1967, he broke out as a solo artist with the hit, "Gentle on My Mind." Eight years later in 1975, his hit, "Rhinestone Cowboy," proved to be a crossover smash, bringing Campbell to the top of the charts in both the country and pop music genres. The singer has won multiple awards for Top Male Vocalist and Album of the Year and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In addition to his music career, Campbell has played roles in seven movies, including alongside John Wayne in "True Grit." His popular television variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," ran from 1969 through 1972.
"The Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour" has concert dates scheduled through February 2012 and covers much of the US and Canada as well as parts of the UK.