In an attempt to feed people’s insatiable appetite for celebrity gossip, The Specktator and my trusted panel of reporters, the Eye-Team, report sightings of local luminaries (aka J-listers) and “real” stars about town, in a segment we affectionately refer to as “Invasion of Privacy.”
Country music legend Glen Campbell performed to a sold-out crown Sunday night. It was a bittersweet (and emotional) experience for fans like my pal Moonpie (pictured below) who has been a fan of The Rhinestone Cowboy all of his life.
For those of you who don’t know, Campbell announced he has Alzheimer’s disease last year, and while many folks wouldn’t dare to stand on a stage in front of thousands of people knowing they could forget what they were saying in the middle of a sentence, forget the words to a song they’ve been singing for 50 years or even forget why they were on stage standing in front of thousands of people in the first place, Campbell seized the opportunity to headline the “Goodbye Tour.” It was a chance for fans like Moonpie to see one of their idols perform once last time and for Campbell to thank the fans who have supported him over the years—and perform for as long as his memory will allow. (Campbell recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with his wife discuss his Alzheimer’s diagnosis and perform of Ellen’s favorite song, “Wichita Lineman,” which just so happens to be Oprah’s song. Coincidence?)
I wasn’t at the show, so I won’t venture to critique his performance (if you want to know how Campbell fared, read Heather Lovejoy’s concert review on Jacksonville.com; for the record, Moonpie said he gave a virtually flawless performance of “Southern Nights”). Plus, this Specktator feature is called “Invasion of Privacy,” so it’s my job to give you the scoop that you’re not going to see anywhere else.
Like, for instance, this super-eerie photo of Campbell and the aforementioned Moonpie taken after the show, where Campbell’s body is enveloped in what some ghost hunters would refer to as an orb. It’s well known that the Florida Theatre is believed to be haunted, and from the looks of it, the spirits dwelling within the historic building are Campbell fans too.
In other invasive news, Campbell and his fourth wife Kim stayed at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront while they were in town, and he dined on quesadillas, fruit and Diet Dr Pepper in his hotel room before the show.
And for the record, I did not dress up as as a room service delivery person a la Marcia Brady in the ep where she was stalking Davy Jones (RIP) to obtain this information.
Let’s just say I have my sources.