Brad Paisley Pays Tribute To Glen Campbell

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2011 NAMM Show - Day 4

[photogallerylink id=70887 align=right] Before there was [lastfm link_type=""]Keith Urban[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Brad Paisley[/lastfm] or [lastfm link_type=""]Vince Gill[/lastfm] , all incredible guitarists, there was [lastfm link_type=""]Glen Campbell[/lastfm]. Earlier this year, the Country Music Hall of Fame revealed that he’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and would be launching his farewell tour, underway now. Brad Paisley had a chance to see Glen perform on the tour, and he shares some of his thoughts with us.

“Myself, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill are paying tribute to Glen Campbell. Glen is on tour right now on his farewell tour — on the, he’s callin’ it The Goodbye Tour. Glen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and he’s in the early stages, and so, you can imagine that…that’s one of those diseases that takes a long time to progress, and so you have been given time to go and sort of get your house in order. And one thing that I think is so wonderful is that he is out there playin’ music with this. And I got to see him play a couple of weeks ago. I went to see him in Santa Barbara, and it was unbelievable. The man, he obviously has Alzheimer’s, and there’s things that he can’t remember about certain things, but he doesn’t forget the words because he’s, I mean, he’s nailing these songs that he’s sung for years, and he doesn’t forget how to play the guitar, and he is all over the place, and he’s happy and jovial and telling stories, and you know, it’s amazing to see. And I love the fact that we are paying tribute to him now, you know, while he’s still, you know, fully functioning as a touring act. I mean, the fact that he is still viable, he’s still playing, he’s just released an album — this is the time to tell people we love them and do a big blowout where we sing these songs, not 20 years from now, looking back on whoever, you know, it’s just, this is the time and this is…it’s really…I believe in that. I believe that this is just a tribute to him because of the fact that now is the time to do it.”

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