“I still love making music,” Glen Campbell told People magazine in a recent interview. “And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”
It seems unlikely that fans will desert the country music legend now as he faces perhaps the most daunting challenge of his life: Alzheimer’s. Campbell, the country music cornerstone who has been in the industry for over fifty years was recently diagnosed with the incurable affliction and shared the news with People. Due to the diagnosis, a new album to be released in August will be his last, he says.
“Ghost On The Canvas,” which will be released August 30, has Campbell returning to work with producer Julian Raymond, who produced the 2008 comeback album, “Meet Glen Campbell.” The album will feature original material by Campbell and Raymond, as well as songs written by Paul Westerberg of The Replacements, Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers, Teddy Thompson, and Robert Pollard. The musicians are also a list of Who’s-Who in the music industry, including Chris Isaak, Dick Dale, Billy Corgan, Brian Setzer, Rick Nielson, and the Dandy Warhols.
Following the release of the album, Campbell plans to play what he calls the Glen Campbell Goodbye Tour. Tour dates and locations have yet to be announced.