I can recall attending one of Glen's shows in Houston at Jones Hall during the period 1983-1985. I believe it may have been a charity concert in order to generate additional revenue for the Houston Symphony Orchestra, whose regular venue was Jones Hall. I do know Helen Reddy opened for Glen. I'm certain of this, because the wife was a fan of Helen Reddy's and it was one of those 'you've got to do what you've got to do' moments. I sure wasn't a fan of Helen Reddy and cringed at the thought of sitting next to my wife while she sang along with "I am Woman, Hear Me Roar". Although I liked Glen Campbell's music, and had a few of his early recordings, frankly, I really wouldn't have normally attended one of Glen's concerts. I just wouldn't have expected it to be that great of a concert experience. But sometimes-'you've got to do what you've got to do'.
Was I wrong. The concert was fantastic. Glen had about thirty or so members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra string section with him, and he went from one hit to the next. The orchestral backing allowed him to play his hits to perfection, as well as "MacArthur Park" and some Moody Blues('Knights in White Satin', maybe?) and a few other tunes by other artists, some of which I'm pretty sure weren't ever recorded by Glen. His solo guitar work was flawless, shimmering and seemingly effortless. I was stunned. And with a story or joke between just about every song, the Houston audience loved it. I'm not sure if Glen lived in Houston at some time prior to that, but if I remember he mentioned something about having lived(or maybe played?) at some 'little place over here down off Telephone Road'. It was a great show for a very appreciative audience, and the audience made Glen feel 'right at home'. And Glen reciprocated. The concert felt as if Glen was playing for you in the comfort of someone's living room.
I had attended quite a few rock and blues concerts by well known artists, and I saw many artists before they became 'superstars' in the late 60's-very early 1970's Cream's Goodbye concert, BB King, Albert King, Muddy Waters,(OK, they were already 'superstars'), Jeff Beck with Rod Stewart on vocals, The Allman Brothers a couple times while Duane was still alive, Led Zeppelin's first major US tour in 1969, Johnny Winter's first major tour in 1969, Elton John's first US tour in 1970, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After and many others. I play a little guitar myself, and occasionally the subject of concerts(and guitarists) comes up in conversations with other musicians. Most of these guys are rock players, and most of time they're younger than I am. When I'm asked "what was the best concert you ever went to"-I tell them-"Glen Campbell in Houston in about 1984 or so". I often get a bit of an odd look from them-but it's true. It was the most enjoyable concert I've ever attended. Thank you, Glen.
And the wife didn't sing "I am Woman, Hear Me Roar"-thank God.