Friday, October 7, 2011

The enduring magic of Glen Campbell. Last night he said 'Goodbye' to LA

I went to see Glen Campbell on the Los Angeles leg of his 'Goodbye' tour last night. It was a magical evening - touching, inspiring and only a little sad. Campbell, despite his memory fading through developing Alzheimer's disease, clearly relished every moment. I lost count of the number of times he said, 'I love this song,' smiling and responding to the crowd's roaring cheers of approval. The showman shone through, even during a few nervous moments when he became hopelessly lost mid-verse. His band, made up of his children, kept him going and Glen laughed it off. Some of his guitar riffs - and his performance of the classic, Wichita Lineman - were flawless. As he demonstrated to me to me earlier this year, the music shines though. He forgets the disease.  Campbell's tour starts in the UK on Oct 21, in Salford and visits almost every major city. On day two he plays the Royal Festival Hall in London. I'd strongly recommend this show. It's more than a concert, it's a lesson in how to deal with life and all that it throws at you.