Glen Campbell’s Health Issues Force Him Out of NZ Concerts
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Press release 18 July 2012
Glen Campbell’s Health Issues Force Him Out of Kenny Rogers NZ Concerts
John Rowles named as new support act
Plus: Other special guest artists
l Christchurch, August 10,
CBS Arena. Ticketek
l Auckland, August 12,
Vector Arena. Ticketmaster
Pacific Entertainment and Bluehawk Presents regret to advise that Glen Campbell is no longer able to come to New Zealand and Australia to tour in August as the support for fellow Country Superstar, Kenny Rogers.
Glen apologises and is very disappointed that he is unable to perform for his New Zealand and Australian fans one last time on what would have been his farewell visit and last international dates on his The Goodbye Tour. However, due to a decline in his Alzheimers condition his medical specialists have advised that the long international flight from Los Angeles would be detrimental to his health.
Pacific Entertainment and Bluehawk are saddened by the unexpected turn of events after having closely monitored the progress to date of Campbell’s The Goodbye Tour that has been going well and receiving great reviews. All the signs were positive for the New Zealand and Australian dates. No one had anticipated the travel complication or impact on coming to our distant locations. The promoters sincerely apologize for this inconvenience but want to assure ticket buyers that they are still in for a great show.
Kenny’s headline concerts will continue with the help of Kenny’s friend and New Zealand icon, John Rowles. Kenny and John have known each other since the late 1970’s; at one time Kenny suggesting to John that he should record a catchy little number called “Lucille”, which later became the No.1 hit that launched Kenny’s solo career. The same thing happened a year later when John turned down the opportunity to record “She Believes in Me” that also became a No.1 crossover hit for Kenny. It is fitting that John should be the one to step in to help almost a lifetime later as he is completing his own farewell tour.
John also has a connection with Glen Campbell releasing a version of Campbell’s 1974 hit single, Rhinestone Cowboy on one of his own live albums.
Kenny’s last sold out visit to New Zealand was described as magical. One reviewer wrote of his Auckland show “The cool kids may have been on the other side of Auckland at the Big Day Out but the crowd at last night's sold-out Kenny Roger’s concert were the ones having all the fun”. The evening was a testament to the special relationship between Rogers and his thousands of loyal fans who were treated to a good helping of his well-loved hits, which remains the promise for this upcoming visit.
The Bourbon County Brothers aka, Kevin Greaves, Chet O’Connell, JamesRay, and Brendon Ham, four of New Zealand’s top male country artist’s, will also perform a special farewell tribute to Glen Campbell at both shows.
l Christchurch, August 10, CBS Arena. Ticketek
l Auckland, August 12, Vector Arena. Ticketmaster
The multi-GRAMMY legend with universal appeal is one of music's most enduring and successful artists. Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Kenny has enjoyed a successful career spanning five and a half decades.
Against all odds, Kenny has charted a song in each of the last 7 decades (1950’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s, 2010’s) and is the first to chart hits in each of the last 6 decades. He has recorded more than 65 albums (20 Platinum), sold over 120 million albums, is included on the Top Ten list of Best Selling Male Artists of All Time and released classics such as the #1 Country song on the Top 100 list The Gambler and many more -
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town; Coward of the County; Islands In The Stream; She Believes in Me; We've Got Tonight; You Decorated My Life; Reuben James; Lady; Lucille; Through The Years; Buy Me A Rose; Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In); Daytime Friends; Real Love; I Can't Unlove You; The Greatest and more.
A triple GRAMMY winner, the Houston, Texas-born musician counts 18 American Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, 5 Country Music Association Awards and 11 People's Choice Awards, amongst his many accolades.
In addition, he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Entertainment Buyers Association and is a recipient of the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music. He is also an established actor, author, photographer, producer, and record company executive.
Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, Kenny’s sincere ownership of great songs and enthusiasm for performing and touring has not diminished, and he continues to build on his legions of fans across the ages and genres. Voted the "Favourite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, he still loves touring and recording new music.
He has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and hit single, “I Can’t Unlove You”, produced by the award-winning Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill); a Gold record (21 Number Ones); and the singer’s first inspirational gospel album, The Love Of God.
Released to critical acclaim in 2011, The Love Of God was a spiritual awakening for the legendary vocalist who first sang Amazing Grace in the church choir. 12 songs feature Kenny’s serene vocals accompanied by special guests on new arrangements with sweeping strings and soaring harmonies. This album has been referred to by Kenny as “one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
He recently finished an autobiography (scheduled for October 2012 release) and will begin recording a new album this summer.
Kenny Rogers is the singer, the musician, the songwriter, the photographer, the producer, the actor, and of course…The Gambler