Glen Campbell announces he has Alzheimer's and is retiring

The country music legend is quitting live performance before he is too seriously affected by his illness

The country music legend Glen Campbell has announced he has Alzheimer's and will be retiring from live performance after a farewell tour this autumn. The 75-year-old singer, famous for his interpretations of Jimmy Webb songs such as By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Wichita Lineman revealed he wanted to retire before he is seriously affected by the illness.

Although Campbell is "still an awesome guitar player and singer", his wife told People magazine, he has begun to suffer from Alzheimer's symptoms. They decided to go public so fans would forgive any live slip-ups. "If he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage," Kim Campbell said, "I wouldn't want people to think, 'What's the matter with him? Is he drunk?'"

Campbell will undertake a final tour this autumn, including 15 dates in England and Wales. "I still love making music," he said in a statement. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin." He is also preparing to release a final studio album, Ghost on the Canvas, on 29 August, which sees Campbell performing songs written by Paul Westerberg, Jakob Dylan and Guided By Voices' Robert Pollard, plus guest appearances by Billy Corgan, Chris Isaak, Dick Dale and the Dandy Warhols.

His first UK gig will take place in Salford in 21 October. For further details, visit


Sean Michaels

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