Spirit of the West frontman John Mann is one brave dude. Soon after being diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s, John and his family went public about his condition. In the time since, they’ve done plenty to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s and dementia, a problem that’s only going to get worse as the population ages. I was the host for a special fundraiser event at the Horseshoe in Toronto where John performed live. He needed an iPad for the lyrics but was still able to turn in a powerful and uplifting performance.
But there’s no halting this disease. Spirit of the West has announced that they will end their 30-year career with a couple of shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver on June 15 and 16, 2016.
If you’re so inclined, tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.