Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman - Royal Festival Hall, London - October 2011- Video
The papers have given wildly positive reviews about Glen’s final performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall, where he bid farewell to his fans and a successful five decade career in music. He’s not backing down on his promise to finish a most memorable goodbye tour!
“The farewell was as emotional as the performance was heroic.”
-BILLBOARD Oct 24 ‘11
“We can savour, for a last time, the clarity of a voice that’s still distinctive and evocative, and which navigates a fine line between joy and sadness…he managed a performance that was both assured as well as moving. Catch him on his ‘Goodbye Tour’…he can still belt out a tune.”
Campbell was dialed and deeply focused despite the health adversity he is facing; continuing to amaze fans, tabloids, peers, and critics alike.
“…his playing is dexterous, fluid and effortless…his back catalogue is a masterclass in beautiful, economical pop songwriting, every melody perfectly formed, not a surplus note or word. He looks like he’s having the time of his life, albeit for the last time.”
“On the London leg of his farewell tour Glen Campbell bowed out of a 50 plus year career as one of the defining figures of country-pop with a show that was both breathtaking and heartbreaking…Campbell’s ability to make music remains largely undiminished… Campbell bade goodbye to a teary crowd with the grit and grace of a great.”
-THE TIMES Oct 24 ‘11
Campbell gave fan’s their favorite oldie cuts while playing a healthy amount of new songs from his “The Ghost in the Canvas” final studio album.
“launching into Jimmy Webb’s Galveston, he soared, eyes closed, through its high notes, before letting rip with a fabulous solo on his peacock-blue Stratocaster…his pipes and fingers were incomparably fresh for a man of 75. During Wichita Lineman, he unleashed its familiar lonesome twang, note-perfect. Rhinestone Cowboy, too, was a singalong joy. As Campbell departed, waving gamely, it was, out of adversity, a profoundly heartwarming goodbye.”
Glen Campbell - It's Your Amazing Grace - Royal Festival Hall, London - October 2011- Video
More raving reviews from the press...
“Tracks from his new album ‘Ghost On The Canvas’ were impressively sturdy. A supremely dramatic country-rock solo in ‘Try A Little Kindness’ showed his guitar playing can still touch the heights. Behind his unassuming style has always lain – still does – a deceptively sophisticated singer…this was an honourable farewell from an illustrious performer.”
“The sugar-throated cowboy with film-star looks and ballads as epic as daybreak in Arkansas, has lived a life like a great American novel… he was in fine voice and his guitar chops still firmly in place…casting the evening as something of a big family singalong was a masterstroke…It was an incredible set-list…Jimmy Webb might have often provided the songs, but together they created a mythology and America that will remain eternal. That’s one heck of a legacy.”
“Galveston showcased his dexterous guitar work, while Wichita Lineman put his sonorous tenor through its paces…A triumphant Rhinestone Cowboy backed up by the whole audience gave Campbell the send-off he deserved – it was an absolute privilege to see him.”
“Jimmy Webb’s songs, in particular, retain the power to destroy you….transcendent.”