Got back again…

Hello. It’s been a while, eh? A lots been going on as well. I’m now back in Blighty after my two month trip to the states – It was a very cool experience, and I had a fantastic time. It was kind of odd though, time wise. The trip seemed go fly past in no time at all, but being in Yosemite and places like that right at the start seem like a lifetime ago now. I guess that’s just the nature of such things really. We fitted a huge amount of stuff in though, so it’s all good. Huge amounts of “stuff” and huge amounts of traveling, for me, is obviously going to equal huge amounts of photos. And, this is indeed the case. There’ll be more of that to come in the near future, but this post isn’t about that – it’s about something else. So, here goes…

Basically, The Tragically Hip are back on tour again, with another mammoth tour, but more importantly, with mammoth shows. They’ve returned to their ‘Evening With…’ style shows, which were debuted on the 2000 Music @ Work tour. Sadly, I missed that, but I wasn’t going to suffer the same fate this time! Whilst in America, we managed to work our schedule around one of their shows at the Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco. It was a great show, and great place to see them. I took my gear along and recorded the show as well. The highlight for me had to be when they (finally) played ‘Escape is at Hand for the Travelin’ Man’ which was absolutely beautiful! However, seen as I’ve posted versions of that before on here, I thought I’d share another little surprise from the show: Throwing off Glass – a song which, by Gord Downie’s own admission “We don’t play too much…” I also created some artwork for the show which also uses some of my own photos I took in San Francisco – Here’s the wrap around front cover:

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If you’re reading this, and want to get hold of a copy of the show (for free, naturally), you can download it by going over to The Hip Tracker.

The other tapers have also been out in force as well, travelling around and capturing all the great performances and special little gems which get dropped into the sets every now and then! It’s really great that there are people out there willing to do it, and that the band are cool with it. Anyhow, the 2009 DVD’s are starting to surface, and I’ve been asked to produce some artwork for it. Which, I duly did…

When I create artwork for recordings or DVD’s etc, I often try and make it in keeping with the artwork of the album the band are currently touring (in this case: We Are The Same). It was pretty tricky with this album, as there’s not a huge amount to work with, so I’ve tried to recreate the eroded, glowing, typewriter font as best I can, mixed in with some of my own style work. I think the two sit together rather nicely, and I’m pleased with the two sets of artwork I’ve produced so far. Hopefully I’ll get to do some more – we’ll see what else emerges.