Alzheimer's robs Glen Campbell of touring
Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring.
Instead, he spent his 77th birthday on Monday in Washington as an advocate for Alzheimer's research.
Alzheimer's has robbed Campbell of many of his best memories, gained over a lifetime as an entertainment icon who was a pop star, a groundbreaking session musician, an actor and TV variety show host. But it hasn't taken everything: Campbell will release a new album, "See You There," on July 30. It's a reimagining of some of his most popular songs.
In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Campbell said of the songs: "Oh, they're great. Those are great." His wife, Kim Campbell, says her husband still occasionally lays down vocal tracks in the studio but the disease has progressed too far to allow him to continue touring, something the family and Campbell's management left open when he wrapped up his successful goodbye world tour last year.
"Glen still wants to record, but it's just a matter of if he's able to," Kim Campbell said. "It just gets more and more difficult for him all the time."
He remains healthy and vigorous and continues to play golf. His family invites musicians over to the house from time to time -- local songwriter Jimmy Webb, who wrote some of Campbell's most iconic hits, visited with his family over the weekend -- and Campbell joins in on jam sessions, playing the guitar as if the progressive, irreversible neurological disorder has yet to touch his muscle memory.
"We're trying to live our lives and stay out there and socialize as much as we can as long as we can," she said.