Aidin Vaziri | When Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six months ago, the bad news came with a whiff of relief. “He was forgetful,” said his wife, Kim. “But because of his troubles with cocaine and alcohol and, of course, that infamous DUI, we wanted to tell people because we didn’t want them to think he was on something.” This week the 75-year-old country crooner, famous for hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman,” will release his final album, “Ghost on the Canvas,” which features collaborations with many of his musical fans. Campbell told us about it by phone from his home in Malibu.
Q: “Ghost on the Canvas” is supposed to be your last album. How do you stop doing something that you’ve been doing your entire life?
A: It’s the last studio album of new songs I plan to make. I’ve been saying it to my friends and my family for months, but now that it’s in writing it seems final. Most of the things that happened in my life were because of the records. Now it’s just time to close that book.
Q: What’s the lasting impression you want to leave with this record?
A:All of my little roller-coaster ride – the laughter, tears, successes and failure – are part of who I am now. They helped create the Glen Campbell of today. That’s what “Ghost on the Canvas” is about. It’s the now Glen with all of the ghosts of the old Glen still hanging around.