Glen Campbell (Photo: Lisa Lake)It's the end of the road for Glen Campbell...that is, when it comes to touring. However, the country legend--who turned 77 on Monday--plans to give his fans a birthday gift this year anyway.
Campbell, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, announced he's going to stop playing live, but will be releasing a new album this summer.
According to Campbell's camp, the famous "Rhinestone Cowboy" doesn't want to retire from touring, but his health has forced him to hang up his hat. The upcoming album, titled See You There and set for a late July release, will put a fresh spin on some of his biggest hits over his career--including "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston" and (of course) "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Campbell reportedly laid down new vocals for his classic hits while in the process of recording 2011's Ghost on the Canvas. He revealed that year his diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and announced an official final tour (which he completed in November 2012). His intentions were to wait and see how he felt at the end of the trek; sadly, it appears he is not in shape to continue on the road.
Campbell's career stretches over 5 decades, with more than 70 albums released. He's won numerous awards in both the country and pop fields, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.