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