When country singer Glen Campbell announced that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011, one more tour — The Goodbye Tour — was planned.
Skeptics opined that the now 76-year-old would be blundering on stage, and some even predicted that the ensuing shows in the tour would be like watching a long, slow train wreck.
But Tuesday night at the Sandy Amphitheater, Campbell happily proved everyone wrong by delivering a crowd-pleasing set in front of adoring fans who forgave any missteps.
There were missteps, to be sure. He frequently needed to be reminded what key the next song was in. He flubbed a few lines. At one point, he became confused when he stepped in front of one of the three on-stage teleprompters and then couldn’t find them to help him along.
But Campbell’s aw-shucks, self-deprecating manner covered up much of any awkwardness. With a showmanship that reminded you of the great performers of Las Vegas — corny jokes and all — he showed that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis couldn’t keep him off a stage he seemed to relish so much.
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