Tragically Hip Start Final Tour Tomorrow
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:49:11
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The Tragically Hip are set to begin their final tour tomorrow, July 22nd . The Canadian rock band are setting out on their final run after 14 albums and 32 years of touring and recording, due to lead singer Gord Downie’s being diagnosed with brain cancer. They released their last album in June, Man Machine Poem. Today they are the subject of a Rolling Stone interview that explains,
"On May 24th, Canadians awoke to tragic news; the front page of every news site coast-to-coast announced that the singer's days were numbered. "A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer," the band wrote on its Facebook page.
Later that day Downie's neuro-oncologist, Dr. James Perry, announced that Downie had undergone surgery to remove the bulk of the tumor, followed by six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, but a complete recovery was unlikely. "Unfortunately, one day it will come back," he said at a Toronto press conference.
With the news of Downie's diagnosis came one final opportunity to celebrate a cultural institution. On July 22nd the band will embark on a final Canadian tour to promote its 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, which came out in June."
Read the entire Rolling Stone interview.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff