Thursday, June 23, 2011

Country Star Glen Campbell Diagnosed With Alzheimer's

Country legend, Glen Campbell, revealed today that he has Alzherimer's and plans to put on one last farewell tour for fans in an exclusive interview with

Campbell's announcement comes a few weeks after the iconic songwriter and performer received poor reviews for a concert in Carmel Indiana in which the singer reportedly "came across as unprepared at best and disoriented at worst. He mangled lyrics (despite unabashed use of video prompts on three onstage monitors), clanged countless off-key guitar notes and generated zero rapport with the crowd."

Now fans know why as Campbell announces his fatal disease. In light of his condition and subsequent struggles, his wife Kim Campbell said that "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?' " she added.

To Campbell his fans are everything and the farewell tour is his last hoorah with fans that have been with him 50 plus year career.

The singer is planning to release one final album as well before calling it quits, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Campbell was a huge presence in the 60's and 70's with his Grammy winning smash "Gentle on My Mind". Campbell's influence also translated into a large presence on TV, even hosting his own variety hour on CBS called "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"

In his career, Campbell has released more than 70 albums and has sold 45 million records. Campbell's reach went beyond music and was even handpicked by John Wayne to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell also sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award.

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