Just a setlist and couple quick notes. I’m covered in hay and my legs are aching and I need to go to bed. I’ve got another big night tomorrow.
Set (following the unexpected intro music: “Worldwide Suicide”!)
- At Transformation (new song)
- Grace, Too (absolutely epic version; it appears on the deluxe edition of Now for Plan A)
- Love Is A First
- Man Machine Poem (new song)
- At the Hundredth Meridian (the sped-up middle section is back, but now the band’s keeping up the pace through to song’s ending; it’s much more effective than the “older” version, which slowed down again after “Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy”)
- Ahead By A Century (great, great version)
- In View
- The Last of the Unplucked Gems (*giggle*)
- Gift Shop
- My Music At Work
- Fiddler’s Green
- We Want To Be It (new song; of the four new songs played this evening it was the one that didn’t really resonate)
- New Orleans Is Sinking (incredible sing-a-long!)
- Little Bones
- Wheat Kings (Paul sang the second verse!!)
- Goodnight Attawapiskat (new song; the word “goodbye” features prominently, meaning it’ll probably stay in the penultimate encore slot for the foreseeable future)
- Blow at High Dough
Those couple notes:
- The Stampede Roundup’s a corporate junket that doubles as a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Calgary. It’s also a massive booze-up, yet the crowd (at least where we were standing) was largely respectful and well-behaved, albeit sloshed. Again, the sing-a-long to “New Orleans is Sinking” was fantastic.
- I know I’ve been whining about setlists again, but I simply can’t complain about the Tragically Hip’s performance this evening. The Stampede Roundup’s the type of occasion that demands a show full of hits. We got one, and it was good.
- Apologies to Matthew Good and 54-40, who I skipped.
And now, I’m writing the words I never thought I’d be able to write ever again: “Tomorrow, I’m seeing I Mother Earth.” As much as I enjoyed this evening’s concert (Hip show #23 for me), it felt almost like a night-long opening act for tomorrow. I cannot. Frigging. Wait.