Glen Campbell Cancels Australian Tour

19 July 2012 | 11:38 am | Dan Condon

The country music legend is too unwell to fly.

Let's face it; it was probably always a bit too good to be true. When it was announced that Glen Campbell was going to be making one last visit to Australia next month to play some farewell shows, people were generally pretty shocked.

Alas, the superstar recording artist will not be touring Australia next month, as previously announced, with his ill health preventing him from making the long flight to Australia from his home in the United States.

The 76-year-old country music legend made quite public the fact that he has been battling Alzheimer's disease and that his health was deteriorating very quickly mid-last year and, as such, an Australian jaunt seemed to be completely out of the question. But some dates with Kenny Rogers, as well as a Brisbane headline show, were announced recently, much to his strong Australian fanbase's joy.

But promoters have announced that Campbell can no longer join Rogers on the road due to doctors' orders. A statement from the promoters reads as such.

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“Due to a decline in his Alzheimer's condition his medical specialists have advised that the long international flight from Los Angeles would be detrimental to his health. No one had anticipated the travel complication or impact on coming to our distant locations.”

Kenny Rogers will still play all previously announced dates.

Campbell's most recent, and supposedly final, album Ghost On The Canvas was critically acclaimed upon its release last year; Campbell contributing a number of songs to the release as well as tackling songs from the likes of indie rock legends Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard to name but a couple.

Campbell's past hits are plenty; his versions of Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, I Wanna Live and Southern Nights are considered to be the definitive renditions of these songs.