Jimmy Webb’s homage to his longtime collaborator Glen Campbell could easily have turned out to be unbearably poignant and mawkish. It was neither. From my review in The Times:
This was an evening when two old friends were reunited to look back on their careers, but only one performer, in fact, walked out on to the stage. Glen Campbell, 80 and stricken with Alzheimer’s, has already made his farewell tour and lives in a care home near Nashville.
Jimmy Webb’s tribute, a fascinating mixture of video clips and genial anecdotes, rolled back the years and reminded us that Campbell, besides being a rhinestone cowboy, was an accomplished session guitarist who turned up on countless recordings, from Ike & Tina Turner’s River Deep — Mountain High to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night and the Monkees’ I’m a Believer.
Sitting at the piano, as a large screen displayed footage and photographs, Webb — a cool-looking 70 — wove his own extraordinary story into the narrative. Surely it is only in the corniest of Hollywood biopics that a boy working on the family farm in Oklahoma would hear Campbell on the radio and pray that, one day, the star might sing his songs too. Life can be stranger than fiction.
PS: He’s now added an intimate, 65-seat show at Metropolis Studios on September 23.