Country legend Glen Campbell let us into his reality when he decided to allow cameras follow him as he started a farewell tour after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Everyone thought the tour would last only five weeks, but it went for 151 incredible sold-out shows over a year and a half across America.
Glen was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable, but instead, he let the public know about his disease and hit the road! The film, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” documents the amazing journey he and his family made while trying to deal with the unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease.
While watching home movies with his wife Kim, he sees a man and woman on screen and asks who the woman was. Kim tells him she was his second wife and that he was married for sixteen years before they met. This was news to him.
Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Chad Smith, and Bill Clinton all make special appearances. “The audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is just incredible,” U2’s The Edge comments in the movie trailer.
The movie was released in 2014 to extremely positive reviews. The Washington Post said that it “is an elevating experience, inviting the audience to bear witness to Campbell’s courage, humor, and spiritual strength.” One of the songs on the soundtrack, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” is Glen’s final studio recording. The song won a Grammy, was nominated for an Academy Award, and Tim McGraw performed it at the Oscars.
Watch Tim McGraw’s performance:
The documentary will be shown on CNN and HLN television networks, will be available for digital download on August 18, and on DVD on September 1.
Watch the emotional trailer for “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” below.