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    Last hurrah for the Hip

    One of the more beloved bands in Canada - The Tragically Hip - will play their last show tomorrow night, which will be broadcast on CBC television.

    I suppose many will argue with me about it, but my sense is they are best compared to R.E.M., though they are certainly no me-too clone band. They just have a similar sort of amalgam of arcane introspective poetic lyrics married to solid rock and interesting forms, delivered by a charismatic singer.

    The problem is that the charismatic singer has inoperable glioblastoma (brain tumour), so this is the last show of the last tour. Currently, he seems to be in decent form, and conceivably there could be "pop-up" shows if miracles occur, but his condition is touch and go and treated as terminal. I don't think anyone wants to see a performer have a stroke or collapse from something catastrophic in the middle of a show.

    Here's Gord and the boys in fine form for a half dozen years back. If you can, try and catch the broadcast Saturday night. I imagine there will be celebrities in attendance. The Prime MInister is booked, and expect Dan Akroyd will be there.
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    And another from the same show

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    They will be airing the show at our local drive-in theatre for free. I hope to get to see it there but expect it may draw a big crowd.
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    T'was a terrific show. Particularly well-engineered for a broadcast I have to say. The guitars sounded great, and everything was very well-balanced. The audience was fun. 'Thank you for that': Tragically Hip put on poignant show for hometown Kingston crowd - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

    Sad to say goodbye. The Beaverton, Canada's answer to The Onion, ran a cute piece this morning on that theme: https://www.thebeaverton.com/nationa...tragically-hip
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hammer View Post
    I suppose many will argue with me about it, but my sense is they are best compared to R.E.M.,...
    Yeah, I'll take issue with that. The Hip is a better band I get to hear them a lot, being fairly close to Canada. I have 100.3 "The Q" as one of my radio presets (Canadian rock station. All the temps are in Celsius and the distances in kilometers???)

    I hadn't heard about Gord Downie's condition though. Bummed. Three decades a band with two in the light! So different and valid, the best an artist can hope to achieve. How do you say thanks for that? I'd never heard of them before moving north. I hope your post can tune in some members here because this is a band that should be heard.
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    I won't dispute your objection. I was just scrambling for the nearest thing I could think of that might have broad awareness stateside.

    The concert was around 2hrs 40min, and was broadcast commercial-free, on the public nickel, which I thought was pretty brave, given the size of the audience and the ad revenue it could have brought. The prime minister got on camera for about 10 seconds - 6 of them while Gord Downie basically set his agenda for him publically. But apart from that, it was all about the band and the music and the fans, and whatever celebrities may have been in attendance were ignored.

    Here's their riveting performance of "Grace, too" from the show. It has to have one of the great opening lines: "He said 'I'm fabulously rich....c'mon let's just go'". I'm not sure what Gord is going through emotionally, but it all comes out at once. Makes Trent Reznor and Iggy Pop look reserved and staid by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Hammer View Post
    I suppose many will argue with me about it, but my sense is they are best compared to R.E.M.,
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    Yeah, I'll take issue with that. The Hip is a better band
    How about 'thinking man's Stones for people who have no need for rock stars' ?
    Here's one from when Gord was in better health, one of my favourite 'Hip tunes:

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    Knowing it was coming didn't take much of the sting out of his passing.
    This week we lost a wonderful poet and a national treasure.
    R.I.P. Gord Downie

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    I heard the end of Grace, Too on the CBC the other day when I got in the van and it occurred to me that I hadn't heard anything about his health in a while. Later that night I saw the news. I met Gord briefly backstage once in San Francisco ten years ago. After the show he remembered my name and asked how I'd enjoyed the show. He seemed like a really genuine guy, unpretentious and always interested in the world around him.
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