The director of the documentary, Pete McCormack, is a long-time friend of both Mann and Ditrich and felt compelled to catalogue the band's end times.

He was such a champ right to the end. Following his diagnosis, musicians in Toronto staged an annual benefit concert, consisting of Spirit of the West songs and other favourite songs of Mann's, to raise money for Alzheimer's research. Tobin the Gull Frank 4,565 views. We left thinking, wow, we thought we had the most magnetic frontman in Canadian showbiz. MORE: We’re following the Tragically Hip—and their fans—across Canada. Spirit of the West last concert Michael Vangsgaard.

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Music for him breaks through everything. He's not the only one in the band facing serious health problems. He was only 51 years old at the time, and was still in remission for colorectal cancer.

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John couldn’t use the mic very much to do the intros, so I became the de facto front guy addressing the crowd. Kelly’s co-frontman John Mann, who is a year older than Downie, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2014; the band’s final tour in 2015 and Mann’s struggle is the subject of the acclaimed new documentary Spirit Unforgettable. They were always there. Spirit of the West's Geoffrey Kelly on watching his own bandmate make it through a final tour—and how much fun it was to watch the Hip one last time, By Michael Barclay Every gig on our last run, which was about 12 shows over a month, was emotional. If you were there then This weekend, the Vancouver group is playing the last performances of a prolific, successful run that has seen Juno wins, chart-topping songs, along with platinum and gold albums.

Find out when Spirit of the West last played live near you. Spirit Of The West went on to play more dates after Massey Hall last June. setlist request forum, 1 activity (last edit by Gimpster, 15 Sep 2018, 15:32 Etc/UTC). In the trailer, Mann talks about his struggles, and what living with Alzheimer's is like. We couldn’t have done it without her. Seeing Spirit of the West tonight for the very last time.

"And that's all due to John saying, 'I'm going to play for as long as I can.'.

Have been seeing them for 20 years. In Vancouver, we had help from some friends: Jim Cuddy sang a song, Steven Page, Colin James, Paul Hyde, Andy Maize—loads of friends. You’d think that after a few shows you’d say, “Don’t have to see these guys again, just saw them yesterday.” Nope.
That might be a lazy description, but there were interesting twists in the progressions and Gord was pretty magnetic as a frontman. Find out when Spirit last played live near you. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Sign in to get statistics for your attended concerts! Then it got so hard for John. St. Joseph Communications uses cookies for personalization, to customize its online advertisements, and for other purposes. After playing three consecutive nights at Vancouver's Commodore Ballroom, local Celtic folk heroes, Spirit of the West, will hang up their hats on Saturday. Spirit of the West reflects on 32 years of music "As sad as it all is, god I'm proud of 32 years of doing this," said guitarist Geoffrey Kelly. List of all Spirit of the West tour dates and concert history (1986 – 2018).
"It's like a white wall," he says, eyes filling with tears. Spirit of the West Fest Home Entertainment Champions Ride … Read his obituary here. I felt like I had to guide the ship through all of this. After three decades of rocking stages across Canada, two Spirit of the West guitarists say they have no regrets as they wrap up their careers with the band. It happened that the Tragically Hip were playing.