By Steve Newton
As most Canadian rock fans know, the Tragically Hip ended its final major tour last Saturday with a gig in its Kingston hometown that was broadcast (and celebrated) nationwide.
Touring has always been at the heart of what the Hip is all about. Sure, making amazing records is a biggie too, but I’ve always loved hearing “Fifty Mission Cap” in concert just a little bit more than blasting it at home via the Fully Completely CD.
When I talked to Gord Downie in July of 1995 his band was in the midst of one of its biggest treks ever, the second Another Roadside Attraction tour, which included a gig at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium on July 13.
I asked Downie how much control the Hip had over choosing the bands that accompanied it on that tour–which included the Inbreds, Eric’s Trip, the Rheostatics, Matthew Sweet, Blues Traveler, Spirit of the West, and Ziggy Marley–and it turns out they had total control.
Have a listen:
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