By Kurt Wolff
Singer Glen Campbell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago, was recently moved to a facility to better able to care for him. This weekend, his wife Kim reported that he is doing well in the new surroundings.
Kim Campbell spoke with reporters during an appearance this past Friday (April 18) at the premiere of the documentary Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me at the Nashville Film Festival. The film follows Campbell and his family during Campbell’s 2012 Goodbye Tour.
“He has trouble communicating,” Kim Campbell told Country Weekly, during an interview on the film festival’s red carpet. “[But] he’s happy and content and still has his sense of humor. He’s doing pretty well, considering everything. We see him every day. We had him out to the house last night and we all had dinner together with the family.”
Three of Campbell’s children also attended the premiere: daughter Ashley and sons Shannon and Cal, all of whom had performed with their father during the Goodbye Tour.
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Despite the subject matter, the film is “not a downer at all,” director James Keach explained to Country Weekly. “The idea was to make a film that he [Campbell] would want to see.”
“It’s a triumphant journey of a guy who was told to hang up his guitar, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and he said ‘no, I’m going to celebrate my life, and I’m going to do it with my family,'” Keach explained in another red carpet interview.
“I’m looking forward to people who are facing this disease every day having more hope from this,” Campbell’s son Cal said of the film. “Because, when he [Glen] continued to do what it is he does, it kept him longer in good health.”
Glen Campbell turns 78 years old tomorrow (April 22). The film Glen Campbell . . . I’ll Be Me screens again as part of the Nashville Film Festival on April 26. Big Machine Label Group will release a soundtrack to the film.