76 year old country crooner Glen Campbell is currently on his farewell tour after his announcement that he is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Many fans didn’t know what to expect from the show which built up a certain amount of anxiousness, nervousness and excitement all rolled into one.

     Campbell took the stage to a warm applause s he went into the John Hartford cover “Gentle on my Mind.” Campbell had more support than his endearing audience, his band included 3 of his kids. His daughter Ashley was on keyboards and banjo, and his sons Cal and Shannon on guitar. Also with him was his longtime musical composer and pianist TJ Kuenster. So even with that type of familiarity surrounding him, that didn’t mean that the show went off without a hitch. Campbell forgot some words, wandered around the stage at times, started the same song twice and wasn’t sure when to exit for the encore.

     The positives do outweigh the negatives though. His voice was strong and especially on “Lovesick Blues” and “Gavelston.” It seemed he can still play the guitar and play it well. His dueling banjos with his daughter Ashley was one of the highlights of the night!

     Campbell enjoyed a moment with him and Kuenster as they tackled “The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress” without his backing band. This showed Campbell at his finest, as he commanded the room throughout the entire number. Campbell appreciated the audience at every turn and they did in return for him as well. The connection is still there and no matter what type of disease that is slowly taking Campbell’s memory. That is something that cannot be taken, ever!

Set List:

Gentle on my Mind (John Hartford cover)
Gavelston
By the Time I get to Phoenix
Try a Little Kindness
Where’s the Playground Susie?
Didn’t We
I Can’t Stop Loving You
True Grit
Lovesick Blues
Dueling Banjos (Instrumental)
Any Trouble
It’s Your Amazing Grace
The Moon’s a Harsh Mistress
Wichita Lineman
Rhinestone Cowboy

Encore:

Southern Nights
A Better Place

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We would like to thank David Wedekindt from UB Center for the Arts for the credentials to cover the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.