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Glen Campbell plays Tent City
Jul. 9, 2004 09:56 PM
Country star Glen Campbell has seen some rough crowds during his 40-year career, but an audience of fellow inmates at Maricopa County's Tent City jail on Friday might have been the toughest - and at the same time, the most appreciative.
Although they wore striped jail garb and were kept behind a tall chain-link fence, 1,000 inmates laughed and cheered during a 30-minute outdoor concert by Campbell, who was winding down a 10-day sentence for extreme DUI.
Campbell's Tent City set
• Gentle On My Mind
• By The Time I Get To Phoenix
• Classical Gas
• Wichita Lineman
• I Want To Go Home
• Southern Nights
• Rhinestone Cowboy
Photos from the concert
"It was a captive audience, that's for sure," Campbell joked after his performance, which took place under a prison tower with several armed guards nearby.
"Tent City, you're gentle on my mind," a smiling Campbell sang during his opening song, the million-selling Gentle On My Mind.
"This is the first time I've done this, but it won't be the last," he said after performing another of his many top-10 hits, Galveston. "Anything to get out of jail for four hours."
The Phoenix-based singer-guitarist, who was joined onstage by two other guitarists, said he'd like to return next year as a free man with a full band.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who attended the show, said he appreciated Campbell's free concert but added that it was just part of the singer's time in jail, which wraps up Sunday. "We have some guys in here who cut hair, some who work in the kitchen and some who clean the floors. This inmate's work is singing, and it's not costing me anything," Arpaio said.
Campbell, who wore a T-shirt, jeans, sneakers and sunglasses for his performance, said he hadn't worn the sheriff's famed pink boxer shorts or striped uniform for most of his time behind bars, the final eight days of which were set up as work-release.
Campbell was allowed to leave the jail, where he had a private cell, during the day to handle business affairs, while returning overnight.
"It's been an eye-opener, that's for sure," Campbell said before taking the stage. "The inmates have been great."
The singer, who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the '60s and '70s when he became a global star, said after the show that he hadn't drank for nearly 20 years before his November DUI arrest.
"It (arrest) changed my life, that's for sure, said Campbell, 68, who also performed such hits as By the Time I Get to Phoenix and his signature tune, Rhinestone Cowboy.
As one inmate shouted, "You're the man, Glen," Campbell led the rough-and-tumble audience in the chorus of Rhinestone Cowboy.
The singer performed on a makeshift stage atop a flatbed truck with some hay bales as a countrified backdrop. He also delivered a short word of encouragement to the inmates, saying, "Sometimes it's hard to take what you get."
Campbell also read a statement: "Happy birthday, Tent City. It's 11 years old."
He then added with a laugh, "They put me up to this."
Arpaio said Campbell had been a well-behaved inmate, adding, "He's one guy who agrees to accept responsibility for his actions."
That good behavior contrasts with reports that Campbell was belligerent and kicked a police officer during his arrest in November after his car struck another vehicle and the singer fled the scene.
The loudest response from the inmate audience didn't come for a Campbell chart-topper, but for the country standard I Want to Go Home.
As Campbell sang the refrain, which repeats the title, the crowd hooted and hollered, understanding that their home Friday night was Tent City.
Campbell said he was eager to get back to his 10,000-square-foot home in Phoenix's Biltmore Estates, and perhaps hit the golf course when he is released Sunday.
He said his wife, Kim, and three children have been supportive during his legal ordeal.
"It's just a little bump in the road," Campbell said, before being led away by a sheriff's deputy to spend the night at his temporary home away from home.