Country legend Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition Alzheimer’s disease.
The singer, who is 75 years old and whose hits include ‘Wichita Lineman’ and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ has said he has made the decision to go public as he wants people to understand his condition and that it is affecting his ability to perform live, according to People magazine
The singer’s wife Kim said:”Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer. But if he flubs a lyric or gets confused on stage, I wouldn’t want people to think, ‘What’s the matter with him? Is he drunk?'”
Campbell was diagnosed with the condition six months ago and has said he will perform live for the last time this autumn. He added: “I still love making music. And I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin.”
The singer has also announced his last ever UK tour, which will take place later this year. There are 15 dates in October and November booked, beginning at Salford‘s Lowry on October 21 and ending at Birmingham‘s Symphony Hall on November 6.
The singer will also release his final studio album ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ on August 29.
Glen Campbell will play:
Salford Lowry (October 21)
London Royal Festival Hall (22)
Cardiff St David’s Hall (23)
Northampton Royal Derngate Theatre (24)
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (25)
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (26)
York Barbican (28)
Newcastle City Hall (29)
Basingstoke Anvil (30)
Plymouth Pavilions (November 1)
Bristol Colston Hall (2)
Brighton Dome (3)
Guildford G-Live (4)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (5)
Birmingham Symphony Hall (6)