Tragic, Indeed

I’m torn over this evening’s concert. As a performance, I’d rank it up there with the 2004 Ottawa Bluefest as one of the best Hip shows I’ve seen. The setlist, meanwhile, was stupendous…check this out!


  • The Lonely End of the Rink*
  • Fully Completely
  • Twist My Arm
  • Gus
  • Poets
  • Lake Fever
  • Heaven is a Better Place Today
  • Ahead by a Century
  • Gift Shop
  • The Last of the Unplucked Gems
  • Fly*
  • New Orleans is Sinking (!)
  • Bobcaygeon
  • Fireworks
  • Escape is at Hand for the Travellin’ Man
  • Grace, Too
  • My Music at Work


  • Lionized
  • Flamenco
  • Fire in the Hole

Like I said: stupendous. And I loved the run-in at the end of the main set: those last three songs are, in reverse order, the first three songs I ever heard the band play live.

So the performance was good. Fort York, meanwhile, is an excellent concert venue; the barracks clearly inspired the Almighty Gord, who was in unusually fine form this evening. But the crowd…oh, the crowd. I was gonna write a rant – then deleted it, for fear it might diminish the experience. Let’s just say it was bad. Really, really bad. Bad enough that it made me question my desire to go again tomorrow. I’ll go, of course – duh – but I’m praying I won’t be subjected to what I was subjected to this evening. There aren’t many worse things in life than drunk, burly, flag-waving Tragically Hip fans.


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