2016 has been a tough time for us music lovers. With David Bowie and Prince not part of our physical world anymore, I check the morning headlines very cautiously hoping that we do not lose another one.
I am not sure if 2016 will be the end for Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip but it will be the end of touring. Earlier this year he announced a diagnoses of terminal brain cancer. I have to believe that they determined the touring schedule around a doctor’s longevity timeline. His music and impact will, of course, live forever.
I have had the good fortune of seeing the Tragically Hip live several times. Their music, and front-man, grabs you by the strongest emotions. You experience feelings that you didn’t know you had. Gord could inspire you into battle and the next minute have you on the floor in a fetal position crying uncontrollably. I remember attending one Hip show and all of a sudden I was galvanized towards the merchandise stand to purchase a Tragically Hip hockey jersey. They only took cash and I didn’t have cash. They only had XL and I am not an extra large, but I found a cash machine and I purchased the XL Tragically Hip hockey sweater. The next day when the haze cleared I was out $85 for a hockey sweater that was as big as a dress and it was the middle of summer.
Today that hockey sweater hangs in my office with my other rock and roll memorabilia. Tonight the whole world will feel that joy and pain that Gord makes us all feel. I especially feel for our neighbors to the north, Canada, as I know how much this band means to the whole country.
“Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years.” – Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister
The concert is being broadcast on Canadian TV as a National Celebration. I plan on watching the show online with a Molson. Cheers to Gord and The Hip for all the good times. Let’s rock the house one more time tonight.