Glen Campbell Ends Tour Due to Alzheimer's Disease, Will Still Release New Album, 'See You There' in July

By Anna Dinger | Apr 22, 2013 04:01 PM EDT
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Glen Campbell, singer, has been battling Alzheimer's for years and has decided that it is time for him to stop touring.  He does, however, still plan on releasing a new album, "See You There,"  in July.

Campbell's new album entitled, "See You There," will be release on July 30.  "It's a reimagining of some of his most popular songs, recorded by Julian Raymond during the same sessions that produced Campbell's last studio album of all new material, 2011's 'Ghost on the Canvas,'" wrote The Associated Press.

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This includes new versions of some of his greatest hits such as, "Wichita Lineman," "By the Time I Get to Pheonix," ''Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Hey Little One."

In a brief interview with AP Campbell spoke about the news songs saying, "Oh, they're great. Those are great."

Dave Kaplan, owner of Surfdog Records says that "See You There" is meant to feel like one is sitting next to Campbell in the living room, the way that he, himself, was introduced to Campbell on "The Goodtime Hour."  "The singer's voice has changed enough with age that the songs take on a new life. Kaplan took Raymond's vocal recordings and surrounded them with music meant to leave lots of space for the singer's voice," reported AP.

"I was immediately struck that [the recordings] were kind of intimate and they definitely shook your spine," Kaplan said to AP. "They were haunting and stunning and had this new intimacy in a way I hadn't heard these songs."

Kaplan decided to mess with the perfection of some original pieces after hearing Campbell sing "Hey Little One," which featured a very simple opening, according to AP.  "You just don't hear that on planet Earth," he said. "You don't just hear that. That sealed the deal in three words."

"Glen still wants to record, but it's just a matter of if he's able to," his wife, Kim Campbell, told AP. "It just gets more and more difficult for him all the time."

Kim says that her husband still records vocal tracks in the studio from time to time but his disease has progressed too far for him to be able to continue touring, according to AP.  This was something that his family and his management had viewed as a possibility after his goodbye world tour last year.

Campbell has had a busy career being a pop star, a musician, an actor and even a host on TV, according to the Examiner

Despite his disease he continues to play golf visit with musicians like songwriter, Jimmy Webb, and join in jam sessions on his guitar, according to AP.

"We're trying to live our lives and stay out there and socialize as much as we can as long as we can," Kim told AP. "The other night we went to see Merle Haggard and hung out with Toby Keith on his bus. ... Everybody played different songs and had a great time. So we're still out there trying to do that kind of stuff. But eventually we might not be able to do that."

Some experts in neurological study, such as Oliver Sacks, argue that a sense of the past can be regained through music even for individuals with diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Campbell plans to spend today, his 77th Birthday, in Washington to advocate for Alzheimer's research, according to AP.  During this trip he will attend a fundraising dinner for the Alzheimer's Association and visit the Senate at Capitol Hill. 

 

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