Last night was the live CBC broadcast of the final stop in their "Man Machine Poem" tour. This could turn out to be one of the most watched programs in Canadian history, the numbers are still coming in. So where were you when The Hip played Kingston? Yesterday we had a bunch of friends over. I started early in the day with a large pork shoulder cut in half on the smoker and prepared the backyard for the night. To watch the concert, I connected my projector outside to shine on the back wall of my garage. With a large dinner of pulled pork, chicken wings, corn on the cob and a bunch of side dishes we started the show with about 20 of my closest friends and neighbours. The rain managed to keep away until the show was over. I've seen The Hip live many times, and I didn't think this was their best performance. To me it seemed Gord was trying to hard at the beginning, before he fell into his groove for the rest of the show. 30 songs and almost 3 hours, I can't think of many Canadian acts that could handle that, and there are so many more hits that they didn't have time for. I was at the A.C.C. Show on August 12th. and think the crowd was more into the show than they were in Kingston, although that is tough to tell with a tv show. That night in Toronto, was a surreal experience, one that I'll keep with me for a very long time. Years ago I saw The Hip in Kitchener at The Center in the Square. For that show we had great seats close to the band. I even said after that show that I'd probably never have another chance to see such a great performance, but that night in Toronto was electric. Needless to say, I'm a big fan and will miss hearing new music by them. In retrospect, it's amazing how their entire career poetically foreshadowed their end. Not only did they have many great songs dealing with tough topics like death and over coming adversity, but if I needed two words to sum of Gords career; Tragically Hip kinda speaks volumes about the life of a great artist. I'm going to go get a new copy of Day for Night. And look for Plan A (the cd is here somewhere) I'd love to hear stories about shows you've been to, or about where you were when The Hip played Kingston.