Thread: Rest In Peace Gord Downie

Breezy - 10/18/2017 at 02:39 PM

Damn
He put up a valiant fight and was making music right up to the end, much like Gregg. Their last tour was great even as you could see him struggle with lyrics at times but was still the showman we all loved. So the Hip is no more, this sucks. The people we have lost over the last couple of years is heartbreaking.
Rest in peace Gord, thanks for the music and shows. Those another Road Side Attraction shows were absolutely amazing and will be remembered by me at least as some of the best I had the pleasure of witnessing
http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/gord-downie-obit-1.4359906


Stephane - 10/18/2017 at 06:58 PM

Sad day, Canada is in mourning.
Saw The Hip going from The Spectrum (club) to The Forum (hockey arena) here in Montréal. Also witnessed 2 Another Road Side Attraction. An awesome live band.

RIP Gord.


CanadianMule - 10/18/2017 at 07:13 PM

I don't think that people outside of Canada grasp the level of mourning that Canada is showing. TV, social media, Radio stations playing nothing but The Hip from now until Monday. A Nation in mourning.

Gord and The Hip were one of a kind. Some got it and some didn't. But in some way each Canadian is attached to some sort of memory involving the Hip or their music.

Gord's lyrics were far beyond most. Here are a couple of mellow ones but just Full On Gord.


Wheat Kings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL6IlKP3UOI

Fiddler's Green
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35mJvcY104M


From the very real Farewell Tour until this day, Gord was complete class. RIP



CanadianMule - 10/18/2017 at 07:16 PM

I will likely take Stephane down memory lane of an old Montreal bar.

I saw The Tragically Hip open for friends at a bar called Station 10 which was a tiny dive bar near the old Montreal Forum. Probably held 50-75 people. Must have been mid 80s or so. My friend called them the Tragically **** . LOL - They proved him wrong.

Scared - From The Hip's final show - emotional watching the guy at the end of the tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx_4aklrc7Q

At The Hundredth Meridian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzp7W3Y4tY4

[Edited on 10/18/2017 by CanadianMule]


Lee - 10/18/2017 at 09:25 PM

Sad. Saw them a handful of years ago on New Year's Eve in Chicago. My wife and her brother are HUGE fans but I didn't really get them at the time. Listened to some of their stuff after that and I came to appreciate them.

Again, sad.


dimplesjbc - 10/18/2017 at 09:49 PM

I also saw The Hip in a small bar in the mid 80's , a friend called me up on a Sunday night and said I have to check this band out that was playing at Barry T's , he told me their lead singer was pretty cool , after that I saw them another 7 or 8 times , Up To Here , Road Apples and Fully Completely are three albums that played a big part in the soundtrack of my life , R.I.P. Gord


oldblue - 10/18/2017 at 11:40 PM

RIP Gord, you had a big impact in Canada, you are sorely missed. Thanks for all the great music


Stephane - 10/19/2017 at 01:48 PM

quote:
I will likely take Stephane down memory lane of an old Montreal bar.

I saw The Tragically Hip open for friends at a bar called Station 10 which was a tiny dive bar near the old Montreal Forum


In my drinking days I use to spend a lot of time there ... Friday nights after work or before concerts at The Forum....

[Edited on 10/19/2017 by Stephane]


Stephane - 10/19/2017 at 06:00 PM

Blow At High Dough

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGRNEJiD3PY

Little Bones

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPJ2rcYQC88

Nautical Disaster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8Fi46BFAF0


Chain - 10/19/2017 at 09:07 PM

quote:
I don't think that people outside of Canada grasp the level of mourning that Canada is showing. TV, social media, Radio stations playing nothing but The Hip from now until Monday. A Nation in mourning.

Gord and The Hip were one of a kind. Some got it and some didn't. But in some way each Canadian is attached to some sort of memory involving the Hip or their music.

Gord's lyrics were far beyond most. Here are a couple of mellow ones but just Full On Gord.


Wheat Kings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL6IlKP3UOI

Fiddler's Green
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35mJvcY104M


From the very real Farewell Tour until this day, Gord was complete class. RIP





Well CanadianMule, I live just across Lake Ontario from Kingston, Ontario very near Watertown, NY. You'll be happy to hear The Tragically Hip and Gord in particular are loved by many Americans here in what we call the North Country of upstate, NY.

The Hip have a very large following here and some of our local rock stations have been playing the Hip and speaking about Gord's passing with sadness since Tuesday.

Sadly, I never got the chance to see them live but have listened to their music for some time given our very close proximity to Canada in general and Kingston specifically. Here's a from an excellent New York Times article about Gord:

"The place of honor that Mr. Downie occupies in Canada’s national imagination has no parallel in the United States. Imagine Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Michael Stipe combined into one sensitive, oblique poet-philosopher, and you’re getting close. The Tragically Hip’s music “helped us understand each other, while capturing the complexity and vastness of the place we call home,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement on Wednesday. “Our identity and culture are richer because of his music, which was always raw and honest — like Gord himself.”

Pretty heavy comparison to three American icons....


canuckABBfan - 10/21/2017 at 09:26 AM

I'm a huge fan now but took me many years to get into them.

I had a friend in UVIC and he'd see them in a small club there, I was more into seeing the blues greats here in Vancouver clubs at the time.

I finally bought their first album on CD when I bought my first Diskman... I knew all the songs being from Canada and continued to buy album after album until I had them all.

I seen them play Rogers Arena a bunch of years ago and thankfully seen them at a theatre before Gord's diagnosis.

God Bless Gord Downie and long live The Hip!


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