In this week's issue of People magazine, "Rhinestone Cowboy" Glen Campbell and his wife Kim reveal that Campbell's battles with short-term memory loss have been diagnosed as symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
The two decided to go public with the diagnosis, which was made just six months ago, because Campbell plans to embark on a farewell tour this fall in support of his album, Ghost on the Canvas.
"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?'," Cambell's wife told People.
We were unaware of his condition when we attended his last local performance, held at Grand Casino just over a year ago, as likely was he. While his scant guitar work and often-repeated jokes were perhaps early indications of his worsening condition, his performance was still excellent and a good indication his farewell tour will be one you'll not want to miss.
Campbell's new album features collaborations with the likes of Jakob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Chris Isaak, Bob Pollard and Dick Dale, and is due to be released later this summer.
"I still love making music," Campbell shares in the exclusive interview. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin."
For the full story, look for the interview in Friday's issue of People.