Touring with Glen Campbell: A range of emotions, from chills to heartbreak
On Wednesday and Thursday, 75-year-old country music icon Glen Campbell will bring his "Goodbye Tour" to the Capitol Theatre in Clearwater. Last summer, he revealed he has Alzheimer's disease, and so he's touring with his family -- sons Cal (on drums) and Shannon (on guitar) and daughter Ashley (on banjo) to give fans one last taste of hits like Rhinestone Cowboy and Galveston.
Sean Daly recently ventured out to Shelton, Wash., to see Campbell and his clan in action. Performing for thousands of paying fans, he sometimes forgets the words and chords sometimes, which brings new complications to his life.
“Before a show, I have a pretty good knot in my stomach,” Ashley says. “We’ve been through some bad days, and it’s gut-wrenching. He’ll struggle with a guitar solo one day and the next he’ll just nail it completely. ... I just love watching him do a guitar solo. The other night he happened to turn my way during a solo and I could see the fretboard and my jaw just dropped.”