“Whoa baby I feel fine
I’m pretty sure it’s genuine
It makes no sense, no it makes no sense
But I’ll take it free any time”
– Gordon Downie
On Monday night, I went to The Fillmore with three friends to see The Tragically Hip. As usual, the concert was fantastic – the crowd was fired up, the band hit on all cylinders, and Gordon Downie reminded me again of why he is the best front man in all of rock and roll. I’m Canadian, so I’m biased, but The Tragically Hip is one of the best bands to see live. They have a long list of songs to choose from, so you never know what you are going to get, but they never disappoint.
They didn’t play a few songs I would love to have heard, including “Little Bones” and “Locked in the Trunk of a Car”, but they played, “Scared,” “Gift Shop,” and “An Inch an Hour,” one of my favorite Hip songs that I had never heard live.
I didn’t think anything that evening would make me happier than seeing The Hip finish their encore with “Blow At High Dough,” but I was wrong. Our friend, Wendy, surprised us with back stage passes.
We weren’t back stage long, as the guys had to drive to L.A. that night. But we met the band, took some photos, and had entertaining conversations with Gordon Downie and Rob Baker. As you can tell from the photos above, I felt fine, and it was definitely genuine.