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How Will It End for the Tragically Hip? Speculation on the Setlist for the Final Show

If you’ve been following the final(?) Tragically Hip tour, you’ll know that the 3-hour-ish setlist changes from night to night. (You can keep track of things at What might they perform in Kingston on August 20, the last show on the tour? Gilles LeBlanc speculates at

The reasons as to why The Tragically Hip’s August 20th concert in Kingston will be momentous have been well documented. You’d have to be living in the most hinterland part of the Great White North to not be aware of what’s going on with Gord Downie. What won’t be known until late that night however is what the quintessentially Canadian rock band’s final song played together will be? Like the decision to do a 2016 tour in the first place, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly, considering how much it means to so many people. When I say a lot, I think it’s safe to assume this will go down as the most watched entertainment event in our country’s history. The CBC certainly hopes so, as morbid as that may sound.

As the fateful date looms nearer, I thought it would be therapeutic as well as my patriotic responsibility to revisit the Hip’s three decade discography and try to predict which tune will ultimately bring down the curtain on their illustrious career…maybe. I still maintain no one in or associated with The Tragically Hip has definitely said this is it for them. Comments are welcome in terms of something you feel I may have glaringly omitted, but it’s not as if I’m profiting off of any proposed wagering. I am supremely confident there is a special place in hell reserved for the vulturous, human vermin who posted links to extortionately priced tickets on StubHub. Wherever you wind up watching the purported final show, let’s choose to celebrate life, not to mention a ton of great music.

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Alan Cross

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One thought on “How Will It End for the Tragically Hip? Speculation on the Setlist for the Final Show

  • I hope that the last song will be Wheat Kings


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