New Glen Campbell film details his journey with Alzheimer's disease

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- He is a music legend, known for his many hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and his incredible guitar skills.

Now, a new documentary about Glen Campbell is premiering in the Valley Monday, at a screening at the Musical Instrument Museum. The film is called "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me," and details not only his "Goodbye Tour," but also his journey with Alzheimer's disease.

The American Music icon chose to go public with his diagnosis with the disease, and that will be shown in the award-winning documentary.

Campbell actually called Phoenix his home for 23 years. On Monday's Good Morning Arizona, his wife Kim Campbell returned to the Valley to share her experiences as the caregiver to Glen as they coped with the disease.

"Glen's just always been open about his life and what's going on with him," she says.

She says the diagnosis was devastating, but that her husband decided to go out and do his tour anyway.

Campbell says he was very lighthearted about it. "He said we'll just plan a great trip and tell everyone what's going on and hopefully they'll be understanding if I mess up."

"We hope the film de-stigmatizes the disease. It's nothing to be ashamed of," Campbell says. "If you get a diagnosis, you can still live a really productive life."

The event "A Night to Remember" will be held Monday, Jan. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the MIM in Scottsdale.

$75 for "A Night to Remember"
To purchase, call: 602-839-9851

More information is available online.

For information on Alzheimer's disease, contact: 
Banner Alzheimer's Institute