Coming this fall, a documentary about the The Tragically Hip’s ‘Man, Machine, Poem’ tour across Canada in the summer of 2016, will be released to theatres.
A mind blowing 1 in 3 Canadians tuned into the live broadcast of the final tour stop in Kingston on August 20th.
Remember this? Every time it aired to promote the upcoming broadcast, I’ll never forget the chills I felt, the hollow and sad feeling deep inside my heart and the anticipation of this upcoming show.
This time would be very, very different. It felt like Canada was shifting into place where The Hip would start being referred to in past tense, and that in itself was not somewhere any of us wanted to go.
After seeing that promo on TV I remember the flood of memories I had of the countless times I’d seen The Hip play live before and the handful of times I introduced the band onstage, the interviews with them about upcoming albums and The Hip’s wicked ‘Another Roadside Attraction’ tour in 1995, held out at the speedway. It became known as ‘Another Mudslide Attraction’ because of the relentless rain. Fans didn’t care about the weather, many slid in the giant mud field while the band played on.
I feel so lucky to have watched them evolve, to have enjoyed interactions with the band, especially in those early years when they played Barrymores, then the Congress Centre, Civic Centre and finally grew a fan base to fill the CTC. Their Bluesfest appearance July 11, 2002 is something of legend. The story goes that the 24 000 beer loving fans drank the festival dry!! * The ONLY time that’s happened!
Here’s a shot of my interview with bassist Gord Sinclair, live on site at Bluesfest that afternoon.
Hip guitarist Paul Langois’s memories of a fast 30 years of rocking this country seemed to find their way into his acceptance speech for ‘Best Live Entertainment Special’ earlier this year.
On that hot, summer Saturday night, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 Canadians tuned in to watch the live from Kingston broadcast of the final stop on the Tragically Hip’s ‘Man Machine Poem’ tour. Early audience estimates were pegged at 11 million viewers, but because it was live streamed around the world, that number climbed even higher.
The live broadcast that galvanized a nation will be rebroadcast commercial free on June 24th at 8pm.