Since they announced it last May, we knew that The Tragically Hip’s final Man Machine Poem Tour was going to be a historic Canadian event. The entire country watched as the band, headed by the terminally ill Gord Downie, made their way across Canada for a last hurrah and heartfelt good-bye. Canadians were touched by Downie’s choice to travel the country one last time and ‘blow people’s minds,’ as manager, Bernie Breen, said at the time. Now, we’re going to get an inside look at the whole tour and the time leading up to it. You’re going to need the tissue box for this one, folks.
CTV has just released a first look at The Tragically Hip two-hour special, coming this October, and we’re a little misty-eyed already. The film–which will air on CTV and also have a theatrical run for the full concert experience–includes concert footage, interviews with the band and close friends, reactions from fans and intimate behind-the-scenes moments. From the first moment we heard Downie’s voice in the trailer, we knew it would be an emotional roller-coaster.
‘I don’t know what we were planning. We were making a record and I guess we probably wondered what we were going to do next,’ he starts, ‘And then, yeah, brain cancer. Hmm, yeah.’
There go the tears. Between the Gord Downie interviews, cuts to rehearsals, performances and emotional fans, we’re really feeling the Hip love. It’s been almost a year since we got to see their final concert on TV (or live, if you were lucky enough) and we’re ready for anything else they’re willing to give us. Although, like everything else we’ve seen from The Hip in the past year, it’s bitter-sweet.
‘I wanted to say thank you to face to face to face, to everybody,’ Downie says.
Yes, this is clearly a good-bye from a Canadian icon. It’s tragic, but we’re eager to see every little moment we can from that final tour. We only have to wait until October.