This arrived from Christopher yesterday.
Now that all the Tragically Hip hoopla (Hipla?) is starting to fade away, I thought you might find this interesting. I know a lot of fuss was made in the media re: Justin Trudeau’s attendance at their last show of the tour (in Kingston), and the fact that Downie addressed him & basically endorsed him near the end of the concert.
Since Downie’s announcement re: his health, I’ve been on a listening & watching spree, getting around to everything I hadn’t seen or heard from the band in the last 10-15 years (a pleasant journey, I might add). I was re-watching their Woodstock ’99 show, and during the performance of “Nautical Disaster” something weird happens.
At 3:15, just after the song lyrics, Downie does an ad lib about Aretha Franklin. While going through that, at just after 3:33, Gord Downie says:
“One by one, things to come. Ohh, just like young Trudeau.”
Before going off into another area with the lyrics about struggles, water and raspberry freezies. Seriously.
Anyway, I thought him mentioning young Trudeau as “things to come” 16 years before he was elected Prime Minister was a rather interesting coincidence, given the events of that “final” show in Kingston. Can Gord Downie tell the future? I bet some Canadians probably believe that.