For the many of the Tragically Hip, a quintessential Canadian rock band with a long history of poetic storytelling and eclectic music styles played to packed venues and wrapped up their last tour stop in their hometown – Kingston. With the CBC’s live broadcast of this last concert (drawing more than 11.7 million viewers) and many communities opting to celebrate the Hip’s finale by filling parks, streetscapes and local halls with fans, Midland was not to be outdone by other communities around the Country. The bittersweet party falls on the heals of the news that the band’s iconic lead singer Gord Downie, has a presently incurable brain cancer and that this may likely be the last live show the band will be able to play. Midland’s turnout was great, the weather cooperated and the show was filled with Hip hits and an unprecedented three encores.
The emotional concert featured several sets and it was obvious to all that Downie’s primal screams and tears in Grace Too seemed to be aimed squarely at the demons he is facing as he fights for his life and chose to publicly thank his fans by running this farewell tour. Clearly, Gord is not done with life yet and his emotional performances were his gift to all his fans. Without a doubt, he left it all on the stage last night.
While it is still too early to eulogize Gord, those who are fans among us can feel a sense of helplessness as cancer is set to claim yet another who has so much left to give.
What stories do you have to share about the Hip and if you did not make it out to the Midland screening last night, where did you see this concert? Chime in below.
To learn more about the Tragically Hip, the locations in their music and links to more resources about this band, follow this link that the CBC has prepared. http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/tragicallyhip/