For almost 26 years I've been blessed to see these lads mature into one of Canada's premier recording artists... They were AWESOME in Canada's 'darling on Shuter Street', and the Massey Hall shows were beyond energetic; they were ELECTRIFYING. Gord Downie held a spell over the audience, as he 'swam', strutted and pranced about with evocative song intros. Over 90% of the audience was on its feet for the entire show, and this is at Canada's finest and oldest soft seat theater venue; this is RARE.
Only one non-original member played alongside them during their sold out Massey shows, Ottawa native, singer/songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jim Bryson, who is perhaps best known for touring and recording with Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. Bryson played keyboards and sang backing vocals during the almost three hour shows, which were separated with just one ten minute intermission.
If you get a chance to see this magnificent tour, GO! Only then will you perhaps begin to appreciate why Canadians love The Tragically Hip SO MUCH.