Glen Campbell Shines In First Post Alzheimers Announcement Concert
When Glen Campbell revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease I don’t think anyone–including me–knew what to expect when he took to the stage to perform. Happily, according to AP, his first post announcement show at the IP Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi was a resounding success!
Campbell’s first performance since announcing he has Alzheimer’s, the degenerative brain disease that’s slowly robbing him of his memories and abilities, was largely a triumph. His family and road crew were worried he might be rusty after a long layoff since his last performance. Except for a few flubbed lyrics, quickly corrected with the help of teleprompters, Campbell and his band powered through a tight 22-song set interspersed with self-deprecating jokes.
“I tell you I’m happy to be here,” Campbell said. “At my age I’m happy to be anywhere. It seems like I’ve been doing this since Hitler was a corporal.”
Having had personal experience with a parent who suffered from Alzheimers I know that there is a difficult road ahead for him and I wish him, his family and friends the very best.