It’s Just a Little Tired

After a fourth Hip concert in less than three weeks I think it’s time I took a break. It’s not that tonight’s concert at the ACC wasn’t good–it was–but with the Hip tending not to mix up their sets these days it’s getting harder to justify forking over for multiple shows each tour. Sure, we got a few curveballs this evening (notably “Fifty Mission Cap,” which I’ll never tire of hearing), but the setlist bore an uncomfortable affinity with Ottawa’s. Plus, tonight’s cover (“Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie) didn’t galvanizing the audience the way “Like a Rolling Stone” did in Ottawa; instead, it seemed to confuse most people, myself included.

So maybe it’s a good time to take a break from the Hip. Still, it’ll never get tired hearing (most of) these songs…

Set:

  • Lonely End of the Rink
  • New Orleans is Sinking
  • Fully Completely
  • Bobcaygeon
  • The Drop-Off
  • Ahead by a Century
  • In View
  • Poets
  • Fiddler’s Green!
  • World Container
  • Springtime in Vienna
  • At the Hundredth Meridian
    • Walking on the Moon [Police]
  • Long Time Running
  • The Kids Don’t Get It
  • Courage
  • Wheat Kings
  • Yer Not the Ocean
  • Fifty Mission Cap
  • Blow at High Dough

Encore:

  • Diamond Dogs [David Bowie]
  • Family Band
  • Fire in the Hole
  • Little Bones

Two last points:

  1. Not playing “Grace, Too” at an Air Canada Centre show is criminal. I’m all for song rotation–duh–but every band needs its staples, and “Grace, Too” was meant for big arenas.
  2. It’s really too bad that a band with a back catalogue as deep and as rich as the Hip’s is ignoring it so egregiously. Again, I understand that big rooms need lots of hits…but would it kill them to pull out the occasional rarity? I’m not even talking, like, a “Get Back Again”-type rarity–but maybe something from Fully Completely that isn’t one of the hit singles? I don’t feel it’s much to ask, especially since the band knows that a lot of us are following the tour. Anyway–this is for another time. For now, I’m just a little tired.
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