Ongoing History Daily: The non-legendary Tragically Hip

The Tragically Hip wasn’t always legendary. There were many times prior to 1988 where they showed up to play a gig and no one was there.

One of the most memorable shows they ever played was at a place in Bloomington, Indiana called “Jake’s.” Only six people were in the audience that night. But the Hip figured that the show had to go on. So they played three full sets for the six people, who all moved down front to a single table. To make things even more strange, the Hip was called back to play a couple of encores. After they were done, a couple of tables were pushed together and the Hip sat down for a round of drinks.

Then there was the time they were fired one set into what was supposed to be a six-night stand in Winnipeg. The owner of the club has never lived down the fact that he once fired the Tragically Hip.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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