An American Music Legend….Looking Back

I’ve only been fortunate enough to see Glen Campbell once in concert… and it was 40 years ago!  But it was a very big deal for me – one of the very first live concerts I ever attended.    I loved Glen’s  music and bought his albums (remember vinyl)?  By the time I found out he was coming to Houston, where I was living at the time, the tickets were almost sold out.   I managed to get a pair on the top row of the old Houston Coliseum, a dreadful, mini-arena (which housed the big concerts of the day, as well as wrestling matches and the Shrine Circus).   The sound where I was sitting was awful, bouncing off the wall behind me and creating an intolerable echo.   I moved down to the main floor and positioned myself by an exit door with a great view of the stage and where the music sounded good.  And what music…. Those beautiful hits like “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”   I stood through the entire concert.    Glen Campbell was a masterful showman… his voice strong and pure, his personality exuding warmth and friendliness.   What a pleasure now to be able to present him to Austin in his “goodbye” tour.   Thank you, Glen.

Paul Beutel, Managing Director
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

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