Country music veteran Glen Campbell who is currently suffering from the final stages of the disease is releasing his final studio album on June 9. The album will be appropriately titled Adios. The set was recorded in Nashville following the 80-year-old country legend's diagnosis and subsequent "Goodbye Tour." The album will feature 12 new recordings including duets with Vince Gill & Willie Nelson.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stones, Glen's daughter Ashley Campbell gave an update on her dad's health. "My dad is currently living in a beautiful memory care facility, and he is in the late stages of Alzheimer's," Ashley says. "He has aphasia, so he can't really communicate, he can't really understand language as we do. I kind of look at it like he can't really receive information. He hears just fine - he doesn't need a hearing aid - he just has trouble processing what he hears."
"He doesn't really use language much anymore, but we look on the bright side [because] in these late stages of Alzheimer's, it could be very bad," she says. "It could be confusion and anger a lot of the time, which is the case for a lot of people I've seen. But for him he's just happy every day, smiles, he enjoys life and he enjoys being around people - and he loves a good piece of cake."
Ashley says she visited her father for dinner recently, and for just an instant, the old Glen came back to the surface.
"We were sitting at dinner, and he used to do this joking thing where he would threaten to stab you with a fork and then laugh," she says. "So he did it again. He knocked a piece of food off his plate and I reached to put it back, and he turns on me with the fork and goes, 'Haha!' It was so funny. Little glimpses of him will come back every now and then, and it just makes me so happy."
Campbell has been married to Kimberly "Kim" Woollen since 1982. Woollen was a Radio City Music Hall "Rockette" when she and Glen met on a blind date in 1981. They have three children together, Cal, Shannon and daughter Ashley who have joined their father on stage since 2010 as part of his touring band. Campbell, who was raised in the Church of Christ, and Woollen both joined a Baptist church in Phoenix. In a 2008 interview they said that they have been adherents of Messianic Judaism for two decades.
Fans can pre-order Adiós now.
Glen Campbell's Adiós Track Listing:
1. "Everybody's Talkin'"
2. "Just Like Always"
3. "Funny (How Time Slips Away)" (feat. Willie Nelson)
4. "Arkansas Farmboy"
5. "Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)" (intro by Roger Miller)
6. "Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)" (feat. Vince Gill)
7. "It Won't Bring Her Back"
8. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
9. "She Thinks I Still Care"
10. "Postcard From Paris"
11. "A Thing Called Love"