Today, The Last Tragically Hip Tour Ceases to be Theoretical. Time to Deal with Reality.

Two months after we heard of Gord Downie’s brain cancer and the announcement of the Tragically Hip’s final(?) tour, it’s finally time to get down to business. The idea of a last tour is no longer in the abstract; it’s here. Time to deal with it.

The Man Machine Poem tour begins at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, BC, at 8:30pm PT. The 9,000-ish fans that will pack the place will be the first do demonstrate their appreciation as Canada’s House Band™ appears in public for the first time since the news broke in May.

  • What will the mood of the crowd be? Celebratory? Mournful?
  • What kind of setlist does the band have planned? Will they conduct it as a business-as-usual tour or will they focus on fan and band favourites?
  • How’s Gord holding up? We haven’t seen him in public forever.

Interesting that Stubhub doesn’t seem to have any tickets available for tonight’s gig at any price. Same thing with

If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the show, please drop me a summary of the show. So many people want to know what happens.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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.

3 thoughts on “Today, The Last Tragically Hip Tour Ceases to be Theoretical. Time to Deal with Reality.

  • July 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve seen a photo of Gord in BC from a few days ago. He looks thin, but pretty good all things considered.

  • July 23, 2016 at 3:35 am

    Just got back from the show. Phenomenal. Gord is still in full voice and full spirit.

    Celebratory with a mournful edge. It was almost a religious experience.

    Blow at High Dough, Boots and Hearts, New Orleans, Little Bones, Long Time Running, Hundredth Meridian, Tired As Fuck, Ahead By A Century, Fireworks, Poets, Man Machine and many more.

    2 hours and 15 minutes. Double Encore. Best concert I have ever seen and I have been to nearly 300. Go Gord Go!

  • July 23, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Forgot Inch a Minute, Wheat Kings, Gift Shop, Bobcaygeon, Something On, Twist My Arm


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