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'Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour ' comes to Buffalo

by jmaloni
Tue, Sep 25th 2012 12:45 pm

The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present "Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour" on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Campbell is a bona fide living legend with a career that spans more than 50 years. He is considered one of the outstanding guitar musicians of his generation, has one of the most formidable chart histories in country music, and has recorded such standards as "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Gentle On My Mind," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman." He has released more than 70 albums and sold more than 45 million records. His final studio album, "Ghost On The Canvas," was released last fall.

A child prodigy, Campbell left school at age 16 to pursue music full time on the road. In 1961, the 24-year-old musician hit the LA. studio scene. He quickly became a sought-after studio picker, with his talents enriching records by such artists as Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Merle Haggard, Elvis Presley and the Righteous Brothers. The Beach Boys invited him to join their group in the mid-'60s. He toured with the band for 18 months in 1964 and '65, until his own solo career took off.

Although Campbell was already hitting the top of both the country and pop charts by 1969, his weekly CBS television musical variety show, "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," gave his career "legs." The popular series was seen by a weekly worldwide audience of up to 50 million. His enormous success as a crossover artist also paved the way for hitmakers such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to break genre barriers. In addition, Campbell was one of the first country artists to forge a path into Hollywood, portraying John Wayne's young sidekick in the classic "True Grit."

In 2011, Campbell announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. So far, it has had little impact on his touring schedule and he is doing quite well. However, he said he believes his current tour will be his last.

Tickets for Glen Campbell, $67, $57 and $47, are available at the Center Box Office (weekdays) and through www.tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.

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