The important role casinos played in the life of Glen Campbell

  • The musician performed in a number of casinos every year throughout his long musical career
  • Across all countries and genres, Campbell used the casino setting to reach people and spread his music

The news of 81-year-old Glen Campbell’s death from Alzheimer’s Disease saddened many people, not least those who had seen him in concert at venues including casinos across the United States.

In his final tour in 2012, Campbell played the iconic Mystic Lake Casino, in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Glen Campbell and his daughter Ashley at Mystic Lake Casino
Glen Campbell and his daughter Ashley at Mystic Lake Casino in 2012/Star Tribune photo

Casinos and Glen Campbell

Throughout much of his life, Campbell played his songs and set-lists across many U.S. casino resorts.

Some of these casinos included the IP Casino in Biloxi, MS, Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, Canada, Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, NV, and the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.

Other casinos the country music star played include the French Lick Resort Casino in Indiana, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino in Mescalero, NM, and the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, CT.

At his final gig at the Mystic Lake Casino, he reportedly played a heartfelt rendition of ‘Love Sick Blues’ and tear jerking performances of ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix,’ ‘True Grit,’ and ‘Gentle on my Mind’.

Why casinos?

While Campbell was known to play in a variety of venues across a plethora of places, he did ordinarily stick to land-based casinos. There, he often had “a built-in audience” and could “play to a room of 300 or 1,000 people a night and it’s different at every shot.”

It is, therefore, quite clear that it was not so much the venues themselves than their audiences that were important for Campbell during his performances.

Perhaps he tended to stick to casinos because of the diversity of the experience, not to mention the fact that he was pretty much guaranteed to have musically interested gamblers in the vicinity who would want to hear his music.

Campbell’s final album was called ‘Adios,’ and it was released just a couple of months ago, at the height of his illness.

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