It’s a Good Life…

Last week I had the honor and privilege of seeing The Tragically Hip live in the UK. I managed to make it to two shows, one in London and one in Manchester. Throughout their nine month 2009 tour across Canada, America and Europe they have been playing what are known as ‘Evening with…’ style shows, which consist of two sets, and around two and a half hours of fantastic live music! I was fortunate enough to see them in San Francisco earlier in the year when they performed an extended show, and I was worried that they might have ditched this format when they returned to the UK. Luckily that wasn’t the case – and what’s more they seemed to be on fire! Gord Downie especially was at his theatrical best with lots of trademark mimes, dance moves and rants being pulled out of the bag. It was a true site to behold!

I recorded both nights, and recently released them for fans to download on The Hip Tracker. Both shows came out really well which I’m happy with. I’ve also designed some accompanying artwork to go with them. I wanted something in keeping with what I designed for the SF show, but still different. I was pleased with what I produced, especially as it seems to sit quite nicely with the artwork from the latest album which they’ve been promoting – We Are The Same:

One of the highlights from the shows was the duet that the band did with special guest Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics. It was a real shock, and something pretty special to witness. Kelly joined them on stage at the Forum to do a version of the really beautiful track Fiddler’s Green. There were sadly no special guests in Manchester, but possibly this superb version of the classic track At The Hundredth Meridian with Gord ranting away made up for it. I’ve been pretty much listening to them non stop since, and I really can’t wait until the next round of live shows – Whenever that may be…