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03/08/2007 The Tragically Hip (Rochester, NY @ Harro East Ballroom)

By Eric | March 8, 2007 11:00 pm

The only thing better than seeing The Hip is not having to wait through an opener to get to them. And the only thing better than a Hip only show, is watching it from the balcony of this wonderful venue, and sitting on a ledge off to the left side so you can see and hear everything, with no one interfering with your enjoyment of the show! Such was the case on this night, as it was just the Hip, and armed with the new World Container album, they rocked the house yet again. Opening with The Lonely End of the Rink, and then continuing right into the raucous New Orleans Is Sinking, they got the crowd into the swing of things early (and often!). The Drop Off, Daredevil (which I hadn’t seen live before!), and In View followed, with the crowd singing along with much of Ahead By A Century. Gord asked, “Fight? Or flight…. This is Fly!” which got the crowd excited for a moment, as I think most (myself included) thought they’d be playing Fight instead. Poets got everyone back on board, then World Container, before slowing it down for Fiddler’s Green (another one I’d never seen). The tempo was back up for Luv (Sic), the always entertaining breakdown of 100th Meridian, and then Pigeon Camera. One of my personal favorites off of the new album was next, that being The Kids Don’t Get It, followed by the biggest singalong of the night, Grace Too, Wheat Kings, Yer Not The Ocean, Blow at High Dough, and the main set closed with Family Band. After a slight encore break, Das Hips came back out slowly with Pretend, Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin’ Man, and closed the affair with Fire In The Hole. The boys have never put on a bad show that I’ve been to, and this was no exception. The crowd, as usual, was completely into it, made up of a lot of our friends to the north, and had a generally awesome vibe. Thanks to their liberal taping policy and the wonders of the internet, I downloaded a copy of the show not more than three days later, continuing my good fortune of having copies of each of the 4 Hip shows I’ve attended.


Entering the Stage


Lonely End Of The Rink (clip)


New Orleans Is Sinking


Poets


Wheat Kings

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