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Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Tragically Hip Opening For The Who

The Tragically Hip is already set to play nearly two dozen concerts in Canada next January and February, and now they're adding America to their touring schedule.

Via their website, the group announced, "We are both honoured and really excited to be playing a handful of shows supporting The Who in America."

The only show revealed so far is a rare Californian gig in San Diego March 1st. Tickets go on sale November 18th, and prices range from $55.00-180.00. The Who Platinum Members can already buy tickets. A Platinum membership costs $59.99 and includes other amenities such as an exclusive DVD containing backstage tour footage,"chats with special guests", and "Private Message Boards and chat".

It's unfortunate The Hip isn't touring the U.S. on their own (they're playing a New Year's Eve show in Chicago, but that's not a full-fledged tour... or in L.A.) Great group and Gord Downie is such a wonderful lyricist.

"Chancellor" from his first solo album, Coke Machine Glow, features unusual metaphors and imagery to spark a touching and beautiful effect. And it features these impossibly perfect lines:

I'm discovering uses for you I thought I'd never find
I could have made Chancellor without you on my mind

Gord Downie - Chancellor (available on Coke Machine Glow)

More excellent writing:

You said memories compress, even northern lights
With nothing to wreck, you don't have to work the darkside
- "Oh Honey"

The Tragically Hip - Oh Honey (available on the Men with Brooms soundtrack)

The Tragically Hip's video for their current single, "In View"....


Blogger JETHRO said...

this blows big time. how can they NOT tour on their own for this record? i amd NOT going to shell out that kind of cash to see the hip open for a band, nor am i going to stick around to see the pete and roger show.

8:15 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

Yeah, that captures my feelings pretty well. I saw The Who in the 90s, during a stop on their *cough* "final tour". They were swell, but once was enough.

And The Hip really deserve a headlining tour; they wouldn't play huge arenas but it would still be financially viable.

I could see where it would be hard to turn down the Who, though, especially if they're fans. It will raise their profile in the States and perhaps the tour/its corporate sponsors are shelling out some big paychecks and free Platinum Who memberships.

Maybe The Hip will be able to play some solo concerts in the U.S. too... here's hoping.

12:48 PM  

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