Glen Campbell’s performance at the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday marked his first performance since announcing he has Alzheimer’s disease. The performance was dubbed a triumph by the Associated Press. His family and road crew were concerned about the long layoff between performances, but except for a few flubbed lyrics that were corrected with teleprompters, Glen played a 22-song set that brought the crowd to its feet.
“I tell you I’m happy to be here,” Glen said during the show. “At my age I’m happy to be anywhere. It seems like I’ve been doing this since Hitler was a corporal.”
Standing at the front of a band that included four of his children and close friends, Glen played favorites like “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Galveston.” He finished the night with two songs from his new album, Ghost on the Canvas, due out August 30. The album, which features guest appearances and song contributions from Keith Urban, Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielsen and Dick Dale, is Glen’s last studio album.
The show on Friday was a one-off date, but there is a full goodbye tour planned. “When I get tired of playing golf, I do one of these,” Glen said. Glen was in a good mood, joking through rehearsal and posing for pictures with fans before and after the show. Bill Maclay, Glen’s tour manager, said the good mood is due to the presence of Glen’s family. His wife Kim travels with Glen and his band includes daughters Debby and Ashley and sons Cal and Shannon.
Though Glen enjoyed his show, one of his favorite moments from the night was watching Debby and Ashley sing a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” “I like to hear sister harmonies,” he said. “I don’t know what it is. They’re amazing. I’m really blessed. It’s awesome.”
For a list of Glen’s final tour dates, visit his website.