By Steve Newton
If you’re a dedicated Tragically Hip fan you’ve no doubt seen their final concert, which took place in the band’s Kingston hometown on August 20, 2016, and was broadcast live on CBC-TV.
It was an historic gig, bursting with emotion, and for me the finest moment came during one of the several encores, when the band played my fave Hip tune, “Nautical Disaster”.
Obviously, considering his illness, nobody expected Gord Downie‘s vocals to be as strong as they have been in the past. But for brief moments during “Nautical Disaster” they actually were–or it seemed that way to me at least.
It was cool to see Justin Trudeau standing there in his black Hip t-shirt, nodding and smiling at Downie while the singer said nice things about him. I started to wonder if there might be a few prime-ministerial brewskies flowing backstage afterwards, in keeping with the celebratory vibe of the event.
Which brings me to that time back in July of 1995 when I asked Downie what it was normally like in the dressing room after a Tragically Hip gig.
Have a listen:
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