The days of Spirit Of The West keeping a shine on the bar with their coat sleeves are coming to a close.  A media release from the band regarding some upcoming shows indicates that they will play their last live shows as a unit in Vancouver this April.  As befits a band which has played the venue about fifty times over the course of their career, their swan songs will be performed at the legendary Commodore Ballroom, Friday and Saturday April 15 and 16.

“Fans and followers of the group are probably aware of the health issues that have affected Spirit Of The West, with John Mann‘s early onset Alzheimer’s at the top of that list,” reads the media release.  “These challenges have led to the decision to make this weekend of shows the last time they will appear at their beloved Commodore Ballroom, marking the end of a chapter in their long career.”

Earlier this year, Mann announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s, although at that time he indicated that he’d hang in there as the group’s frontman.  “I will continue to make music and I will continue to do shows,” he said.  “I need to use an iPad now to help with the lyrics, and for my solo shows, either Al Rodger or Tobin Frank will accompany and support me with their diverse and abundance of talents.”

The band also announced several shows leading up to the Vancouver gigs.  For now, Casino Regina is confirmed for Thursday March 31.  Tickets for that, and the Commodore shows, go on sale this Friday at 10am via Ticketmaster.

Love, Dr. Scott James
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