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After forty years together, Canadian rockers SAGA will call it quits following one more "Final Chapter" of touring in 2017.
SAGA's original singer Michael Sadler said in a statement: "This year marks four decades of writing, recording and touring as a band. However, after much deliberation and discussion, my brothers and I have regretfully decided that after forty incredible years together, 2017 will be SAGA's 'Final Chapter'.
"With the exception of a very special one-off performance on the 2018 'Cruise To The Edge', I'm afraid this is it, folks!
"We would like to take this opportunity to thank absolutely everyone. You have made it possible for us to have been on this incredible ride. Words alone will never be enough to expess all our thoughts and feelings. We are completely aware that without all of you and your support, well… we wouldn't be where we are right now.
"Although it will be bittersweet, we're very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year. We will make every effort to visit new territories and hope the circumstances will allow it.
"Here's hoping we'll see you all somewhere on the road so we can thank you in person!"
SAGA formed in 1977 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and released its first album in 1978. Since that time, SAGA has sold ten million albums and performed in over twenty countries to over fifteen million people.
For over thirty-five years, SAGA has led the way in music innovation and audience interaction. Throughout this time, the band has released twenty-one studio recorded CDs under the umbrella of major record companies and have filmed over twenty music videos. Their hits include "Don't Be Late", "Wind Him Up", "On The Loose", "The Flyer" and "Scratching The Surface".
SAGA is widely regarded as one of the most influential progressive rock bands in Canada and around the world.
SAGA is: Michael Sadler, Jim Crichton, Ian Crichton, Jim Gilmour and Mike Thorne.