Country star Glen Campbell says he has Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters Life!) – “Rhinestone Cowboy”  singer Glen Campbell says he is in the early stages of  Alzheimer’s disease, and has recorded one last album as a  farewell to his fans.

Campbell, 75, had been suffering from short-term memory  loss for years, but the terminal Alzheimer’s diagnosis only  came six months ago, according to an interview published in  People magazine yesterday.

“I still love making music,” he was quoted as saying. “And  I still love performing for my fans. I’d like to thank them for  sticking with me through thick and thin.”

Campbell’s wife, Kim, said they decided to go public with  his diagnosis ahead of a final concert tour this fall.

“Glen is still an awesome guitar player and singer,” she  said. “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?’“

Campbell, who has been sober for years, returns to stores  on Aug. 30 with “Ghost on the Canvas,” an album featuring  original songs composed by the likes of Paul Westerberg of the  Replacements and Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers. Backing  musicians include Chris Isaak, surf-guitarist Dick Dale and  Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan. It marks a follow-up to 2008’s wryly titled “Meet Glen  Campbell,” in which he covered tunes by U2, Green Day, John  Lennon and the Foo Fighters.

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