Fans of the Tragically Hip can watch the band’s final concert live online, with streaming video of the sold-out concert in Gord Downie’s hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
The band has been winding down their Man Machine Poem tour in the last few weeks and is set to play their final concert on Saturday night, a bittersweet affair that comes less than three months after they announced that Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Saturday’s concert will be broadcast on a number of partners both in Canada and the United States, and will also be streamed live online for those looking to watch it all from their computer or mobile device (a link to the streaming video can be found below). The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. ET, with CBC Radio carrying a pre-show at 8 p.m. ET.
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Gord Downie, the lead singer of the Canadian rock band, announced in late May that he had been diagnosed with a form of incurable brain cancer called glioblastoma. The band posted a letter to fans about Downie’s illness, announcing that they would be going on one final tour together.
“This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.
“What we in the Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.
“So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”
Downie actually received the diagnosis in December and had been fighting his cancer through a mix of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, the CBC reported. At the time the tour was announced, it seemed to be a tricky endeavor. Downie’s tumor is lodged in his left temporal lobe, the part of the brain that controls speech and short-term memory.
Downie’s oncologist, Dr. James Perry, told the CBC that the tumor wouldn’t impact Downie’s ability to sing, however.
“But Perry explained that lyrical memory — which controls the ability to sing and remember songs — are stored differently, and he said he did not anticipate any problems in those areas,” the report noted.
For the last three months, Canadians and fans of the band from across the globe have come together in what has been equal parts mourning and celebration. They have shared lists of favorite songs from The Hip, as fans affectionately refer to the band, and traded stories of their favorite concerts over the last 30 years.
Even Canada’s Prime Minister got in on the act.
“Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years. #Courage,” Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter.
Those who watch the Tragically Hip’s final concert live online are likely to see a rousing send-off. While many fans worried about how Downie would be able to handle nearly a month on the road, reviews of the concert so far have been excellent.
“It was amazing and it was more emotional than I thought,” fan Lana Popham told the Globe and Mail about a recent concert. “I could see Gord’s face and the band members’ faces and I think what struck me most was at the beginning of the show they were all playing so close together like they were protecting him in a way. And you could feel so much love.”
Fans who want to watch the Tragically Hip’s final concert live online can find streaming video at CBCMusic.ca or on the CBC music Apple App or Android App. It will also be broadcast on CBC Radio One and CBC Radio 2 in Canada and on SiriusXM Radio in all of North America.
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