The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dies

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  1. Raid macrumors 68020

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    The news was announced this morning:

    I don't know how many people here know of the band or are fans, but not only was he a great talent, but an insightful, poetic and down right decent human being. I got the pleasure of seeing the band twice. Gord had a great energy and his live 'improvs' were always bizarre yet beautiful. I didn't get to see the bands last public concert in person, but CBC did it right and ran it on TV without any commercials for 2(?) hours.
    We knew this was coming, but when it happens it still hits ya. :(

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  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I can honestly say I have no idea who that is.
     
  3. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    Canadian here. Gord Downie is as Canadian as Maple Syrup and his music and contribution to this country will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.
     
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    :(
    Sirius Xm seems to be having a Tragically Hip channel on channel 151
     
  5. Raid thread starter macrumors 68020

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    For those that didn't know who he was, the NY Times summed it up pretty good for our neighbors to the south.
    & a couple of good quotes on twitter too.
     
  6. ChrisChaval macrumors 6502a

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    Did not know the band, did not know him

    Now listening to the Woodstock 99 concert ...

    Beautiful music, beautiful voice !

    I am sorry he had to go so soon, too soon, but I am nonetheless grateful I had the chance to discover his music today and it is safe to say his tunes will stay forever

    Thanks for letting us know
     
  7. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    I've been a fan of the Hip since 1989 and was lucky to see them in concert two years ago. It was just a few months after that that Gord discovered he had the brain tumor. Really made me reflect on just how important that concert was to me.
     
  8. gkarris macrumors 604

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    American here.

    Thanks for the vid - never heard of them. Really like the video and song and will check them out.

    My most favorite band is Rush... and I love Maple Syrup... ;)
     
  9. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    Most Americans haven't, unless you live in a border town. A lot of their songs are about Canada and our shared cultural experience so I get that they wouldn't have the same appeal in America.
    If you are checking them out though here are some of my favourites:


     

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