Last night thousands of proud Canadians and music fans everywhere watched one of the most emotional performances in rock history. The Tragically Hip’s last concert of their Man Machine Poem tour, and most likely, their last concert ever.
Covered in sweat, Gord Downie took few breaks throughout the band’s three hour set, which included three encores. With fists clenched and a few tears shed, his appreciation of his fans was surely felt.
I’ll admit, I’ve never been a huge fan, but watching their live performance last night on CBC, it was hard to look away. The music was there, but for me, it was more about the love. Love from the fans, love from Downie and the band for their fans, and for each other. I can’t imagine how hard it is for them to part ways after 30 years of touring together.
I was happy to share this piece of rock history with my daughter Layla. She’s only two and a half, but even she could feel a moment in the making.
As we watched, she asked “what’s this?” I wasn’t sure what to say. It wasn’t just a concert. It wasn’t just a band.
“This is the Tragically Hip,” I said.