Editorial Note: Okay, I was pushed back in my chair when I saw this news item come across the U2 Exit News desk, but should we surprised by much these days?! I guess not.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Rhinestone Cowboy is trying on some more fashionable threads.
Country singer/guitarist Glen Campbell is following in the footsteps of artists such as Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond by recording a new album designed to inspire a new generation of fans.
“Meet Glen Campbell,” due in stores on August 19, features covers of tunes originally performed by the likes of the Foo Fighters (“Times Like These”), U2 (“All I Want Is You”), and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (“Walls”), his Capitol Records label said on Tuesday.
“I really like all of the songs and I had a great time recording them,” Campbell, 72, said in a statement. “While I didn’t write these songs, this sounds like a Glen Campbell album, which is important to me.”
Left-field covers include Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life),” the Velvet Underground’s “Jesus,” and the Replacements’ “Sadly Beautiful.”
No songs were written by Jimmy Webb, the man who gave Campbell such ’60s hits as “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Campbell has often talked about reuniting with the songwriter.
“Meet Glen Campbell” marks his first release for Capitol since 1993’s “Somebody Like That.” Campbell has largely eschewed recording in order to focus on touring and playing to tourists at his theater in Branson, Mo.