The Tragically Hip will take the stage one last time tonight in the band's hometown of Kingston, Ontario. The band is finishing a 15-date tour that took them through Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa for the Man Machine Poem tour.
As we noted, CBC in numerous forms will carry the final concert tonight at 8:30 pm Eastern.
We shared the impact of The Tragically Hip throughout Canada earlier this week.
The U.S. presence has been surprisingly light. Courage (for Hugh MacLennan) from Fully Completely reached #16 on the U.S. charts in 1993. Ahead by a Century from Trouble at the Henhouse in 1996 went to #1 in Canada but didn't chart in the U.S. WXRT in Chicago played that song quite a bit then and ever since.
The Hip did appear on Saturday Night Live in 1995 at the prodding of Kingston resident and original SNL writer and performer Dan Aykroyd. The band performed Grace Too and Nautical Disaster.
Butts Wigglin from 1996 appeared on the soundtrack for Brain Candy from Kids in the Hall.
To get you ready for the show, we have some background information on The Tragically Hip courtesy of the CBC.
Finally, we'll leave you with Rolling Stone magazine's look at a few Canadian references from Tragically Hip songs:
The more significant story of the Tragically Hip is one of mutual respect and appreciation between a country and one of its most prolific rock bands. The group's lyrics often portray long-forgotten moments from the nation's shared history, familiar scenes of Canadian life and, of course, hockey. The 1992 hit "Fifty Mission Cap" tells the story of Bill Barilko, the Toronto Maple Leaf defenseman who scored the 1951 Stanley Cup-winning goal before perishing in a plane crash. "Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)" is dedicated to a mid-20th-century Canadian novelist, and "Wheat Kings" tells the story of David Milgaard, a Canadian wrongfully accused of murder.
Enjoy the show!!
photo credit: me