Glen Campbell says 'goodbye' in Sarasota: review, setlist
Glen Campbell taking a bow with his band at theVan Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Nov. 4, 2012
Glen Campbell brought his nearly completed "Goodbye Tour" to Sarasota on Sunday and said farewell with a moving performance in front of a packed house of adoring fans.The country great, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last year, strolled across the Van Wezel stage in a rhinestone-encrusted shirt; smiling, thanking the audience and singing his best known songs.
He also elated the crowd with a couple more obscure numbers written by his friend and most successful collaborator. Jimmy Webb's "Galveston," "By the Times I Get to Phoenix," "Where's the Playground, Susie?" "Didn't We," "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" and Wichita Lineman" were all included with Campbell singing the bitter ballad "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" while only joined on stage by his keyboardist. It was perhaps the most impressive performance during an evening that elicited about six standing ovations.
On the rest of the songs, Campbell wasbacked by a commendable sextet featuring three of his children.Ashley Campbell, an exceptional banjoist, "dueled" with Dad.Still a superb guitarist at age 76, Father and Daughter engaged in some fierce, crowd-pleasing picking during a couple instrumental favorites about halfway through the evening.
Ashley, age 25, was also the one who could be seen lovingly giving her dad a thumbs-up after a performance or helping him remember what key the next song would be in, or just grinning at him when he needed support.Campbelldropped a few lines and seemed a tad confused at times but overall he appeared happy and grateful to be on stage with his family, having a good time with a crowd that appeared equally delighted and appreciative.
I found it to be a special, emotional evening filled with joy and, yes, pathos. But Campbell, with help from his family, left the stage with dignity, having turned in what could only be called a triumph performance. Having covered countless concerts during the past decade-plus, it's the rare a show I feel truly thankful to have witnessed.
1. Gentle on My Mind 2. Galveston 3. By the Times I Get to Phoenix 4. Try a Little Kindness 5. Where's the Playground, Susie? 6. Didn't We 7. I Can't Stop Loving You 8. True Grit 9. Lovesick Blues 10. Dueling Banjos (w/Ashley Campbell) 11. Foggy Mountain Breakdown (w/Ashley Campbell) 12. Any Trouble 13. It's Your Amazing Grace 14. The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress 15. I Will Never Pass This Way Again 16. Wichita Lineman 17. Rhinestone Cowboy 18. Southern Nights 19. A Better Place —Photo by Wade Tatangelo
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