The Tragically Hip have done ZERO press for the Man Machine Poem tour. They’ve been totally silent when it comes to any of the issues, stories and speculation surrounding their present and future plans. Except for this one tweet from Rob Baker.
And it’s true. They’ve never said anything about this being the “last” anything. But given the way this tour has been conducted from a public and business point of view, everything does point to this being some kind of End. The most compelling evidence is the CBC broadcast of the final show in Kingston on Saturday night. It’s hard to fathom that the band, management, their label and the Corp would embark on something this massive–pre-empting the friggin’ Olympics!–if there wasn’t some kind of finality involved.
Okay, so maybe this is the last tour. It doesn’t preclude the band from:
- Performing any one-off gigs in the future.
- Releasing more albums.
- Working on additional releases (DVDs, etc.)
- Keeping their options open.
Or maybe Rob was just being nice. But after all the emotion expended on this tour, I just can’t see the band saying “Just kidding!” But we’ll see, right?