WANT TO GO?
Glen Campbell's Goodbye Tour
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Keith Albee Theater, 925 Fourth Ave., Huntington
COST: $25, $40 and $69
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
NOTE: Tickets from originally scheduled Dec. 11 show will be honored.CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Singer Glen Campbell doesn't have any real plans for 2012.
"We're just taking it as it comes," he said.
Campbell is focusing his attention on the here and now, and right now he's on a Goodbye Tour, a sort of victory lap before he retires from performing. The tour comes to the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington Thursday as part of the Marshall Artist Series. It's a makeup date for a show scheduled last month that was postponed due to a bout of laryngitis for the Country Music Hall of Famer and multi-Grammy Award winner.
At 75, Campbell's health is something everyone around him guards carefully, especially since he announced in June of last year that he had Alzheimer's disease. It's something he downplays and jokes about.
On the phone from his home in Malibu, he called to his wife, Kim, "Honey, what's Alzheimer's?"
Before she could answer, he laughed and added, "Oh, it's where you forget things. I've been doing that all of my life."
To him, the diagnosis is much ado about nothing. He feels fine.
"It hasn't changed anything with me. I think they blowed<co > up a big balloon over nothing."
Campbell can still remember a lot of things, like working with John Wayne on the original "True Grit" film in 1969.
"I got the role because of his daughter," he said. "I was doing the television show ['The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour'], and John Wayne's daughter said she wanted to meet Glen Campbell.
"She was just 6 or 7 years old."
The film legend brought his daughter (or possibly granddaughter, Campbell's wife believed) to the set of the show. Wayne was impressed with the singer and asked him, "Hey, do you want to do a movie?"