Toby Keith Plays ‘Wichita Lineman’ in Tribute to Glen Campbell [WATCH]
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Toby Keith paid homage to Glen Campbell on Wednesday night (Aug. 9) at his concert in Coney Island, N.Y. Readers can press play above to watch the sentimental moment, a cover of Campbell’s “Wichita Lineman.”
“A great American country icon passed away this weekend: The great Glen Campbell passed away,” Keith said to his audience before the song, as pictures of Campbell (including one of Keith and Campbell together) appeared behind him onstage, “and we’re gonna pay homage to him tonight.”
Keith’s moving rendition of “Wichita Lineman” brought the rowdy crowd into a reverent lull as he emulated the slow and wistful style of Campbell’s original sound. The song was complete with a horn section and guitar solo, much like Campbell’s own, from Keith’s lead guitar player.
The country star followed the final chorus of “Wichita Lineman” with a spoken nod to the country great: “Now Glen Campbell will rest in peace,” Keith told the audience.
In 2016, Keith was one of four artists — also including Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Blake Shelton — who were tapped to perform a tribute to Campbell at the ACM Honors. Campbell passed away on Tuesday (Aug. 8) in Nashville after living with Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years.
Country Artists Pay Tribute to Glen Campbell