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Re: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
« Reply #15 on: August 19, 2016, 10:42:01 AM »
Was @ the final Toronto show Sunday. Very meh setlist imo. Gord and the band sounded great but not one song from "Fully Completely??" 4 songs from "Now for Plan A??" Not one comment from anyone in the band about anything during/after their last ever show in Toronto? Was expecting quite a bit more to be honest.

And that's not even considering the crazy $$ I had to spend to get tix ;)

They've been doing blocks of songs from an album each show, you just got unlucky that they did a FC block during the first 2 shows. 

Of course if they play the same songs each show there would be people complaining about that as well.  :P 

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« Reply #16 on: August 19, 2016, 03:15:18 PM »
Was @ the final Toronto show Sunday. Very meh setlist imo. Gord and the band sounded great but not one song from "Fully Completely??" 4 songs from "Now for Plan A??" Not one comment from anyone in the band about anything during/after their last ever show in Toronto? Was expecting quite a bit more to be honest.

And that's not even considering the crazy $$ I had to spend to get tix ;)



Of course if they play the same songs each show there would be people complaining about that as well.  :P

I don't know, I mean if someone feels the need to go to 3 consecutive Toronto Hip shows and then complains that there wasn't enough variety that's just pretty silly on their part. I just think it's common sense:  Final Tragically Hip show ever at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, you have to play 50 Mission Cap. Not to mention a few other iconic songs (Courage, 100th Meridian, Wheat Kings). Maybe even a few words about, you know, the last show ever in Toronto. It was just disappointing to me, isall ;)

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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2016, 03:28:49 PM »

Might be important to keep in mind that as much as its an experience for the fans, it's also one for the band. They probably want to play as much of their catalog as possible and probably don't want to dwell on the sad facts of why this tour is so significant.
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2016, 03:41:42 PM »

Might be important to keep in mind that as much as its an experience for the fans, it's also one for the band. They probably want to play as much of their catalog as possible and probably don't want to dwell on the sad facts of why this tour is so significant.

And that certainly is understandable. They can play an hour and 45 minutes of "Now for Plan A" and "in Violet Light" if they so choose to, and it would also be understandable for some people to be disappointed and let down by that.

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« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2016, 03:47:49 PM »
And that certainly is understandable. They can play an hour and 45 minutes of "Now for Plan A" and "in Violet Light" if they so choose to, and it would also be understandable for some people to be disappointed and let down by that.

I guess. I've never gone to any concert with the expectation that a band owes me certain songs though.
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Re: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2016, 03:50:42 PM »

Might be important to keep in mind that as much as its an experience for the fans, it's also one for the band. They probably want to play as much of their catalog as possible and probably don't want to dwell on the sad facts of why this tour is so significant.

And that certainly is understandable. They can play an hour and 45 minutes of "Now for Plan A" and "in Violet Light" if they so choose to, and it would also be understandable for some people to be disappointed and let down by that.
I was also there, Yes, I also wished they played more of a biggest hits type show but still enjoyed it immensely which I am sure you did as well. It's not really Gord's style to talk much to the crowd but his tears and extra passion (even more then usual, different passion, sad passion) at times were definitely out of the norm from any Hip show I have seen. He also took some alone time with the crowd at times and did additional bowing and gesturing throughout. The crowd was one of biggest sources of entertainment for me, it was loud and electric the whole time.
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« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2016, 03:51:11 PM »
And that certainly is understandable. They can play an hour and 45 minutes of "Now for Plan A" and "in Violet Light" if they so choose to, and it would also be understandable for some people to be disappointed and let down by that.

I guess. I've never gone to any concert with the expectation that a band owes me certain songs though.

And I've never confused being disappointed by something with being owed something.


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« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2016, 03:54:36 PM »

Might be important to keep in mind that as much as its an experience for the fans, it's also one for the band. They probably want to play as much of their catalog as possible and probably don't want to dwell on the sad facts of why this tour is so significant.

And that certainly is understandable. They can play an hour and 45 minutes of "Now for Plan A" and "in Violet Light" if they so choose to, and it would also be understandable for some people to be disappointed and let down by that.
I was also there, Yes, I also wished they played more of a biggest hits type show but still enjoyed it immensely which I am sure you did as well. It's not really Gord's style to talk much to the crowd but his tears and extra passion (even more then usual, different passion, sad passion) at times were definitely out of the norm from any Hip show I have seen. He also took some alone time with the crowd at times and did additional bowing and gesturing throughout. The crowd was one of biggest sources of entertainment for me, it was loud and electric the whole time.

Oh yea, great crowd and the band sounded amazing. I've seen them a number of times and at multiple venues and I've never had a bad experience. The fans/atmosphere definitely add so much to the entertainment, I agree!
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Re: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2016, 05:22:35 PM »
I don't know. im not a big fan of the group but I respect them and especially now. I cold never criticize what they play or what they are doing. Let them select what they want to do. I think it is totally amazing with Gords condition to do this. It is such a gift to his fans to play this one last show. I have been watching some of the stuff on You tube and Periscope and i am blown away by his courage. very emotional I cant imagine if it were one of my musical heros.. For the fans sake and Gord's sake and the fans I would love to see them add a few more dates. Again I am not a big fan at all but even I do not want to see it end

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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2016, 12:43:12 AM »
I thought it was a good Kingston concert.  It ended well.  Godspeed to Gord on the journey ahead of him.

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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2016, 01:43:51 AM »
Not Canadian, but lived there for about a decade. And I liked them they way I did Tim Hortons -- an easy, pleasant enough way to fit in with the natives. But by the time you're down to the last few gulps, it's a bit much.

And yet... geez. The ending of that Grace, Too.

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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2016, 08:02:44 AM »
I thought it was a good Kingston concert.  It ended well.  Godspeed to Gord on the journey ahead of him.

Yep, that looked (and sounded) wonderful. What a band. Such a bittersweet night.

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« Reply #27 on: August 22, 2016, 12:21:20 PM »
Almost 12M tuned in to the final show, a THIRD of Canada. We had family over setup the TV in the backyard in front of the fire pit and took it all in. Incredible band, they truly are the soundtrack of Canada.
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Re: Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie diagnosed with terminal brain cancer
« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2016, 12:54:40 PM »



And yet... geez. The ending of that Grace, Too.

I can't believe how well he did throughout the whole thing. Only having one moment like that near the end must have been very difficult.

It was hard and beautiful to watch all at the same time.

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