THE TRAGICALLY HIP TAKE OVER THE HOUSE OF BLUES, FULLY AND COMPLETELY
January 14th was the second night of the Fully Completely tour for Canadian legends The Tragically Hip. On this tour The Hip decided to do what some other legendary bands like Rush & Roger Waters have don, play one of their album in its entirety. They chose their fourth album from 1992, Fully Completely and like many of their albums there is not a bad song on it.
The Chicago House Of Blues was sold out for this second show of the tour. I met people that travelled from Buffalo NY, Texas and Georgia just to see both shows. There was a five song set followed by a short break, then Fully Completely in its entirety followed by another short break and then a final five song set. Fore any music fan of a band with a career spanning 30 years it’s a given that you aren’t going to hear all your favorites but The Hip always mix it up and pull out some gems that you never expected to hear.
The crowd was singing along, waving Canadian flags and parading around a Labbott’s two-four box. Singer Gord Downie sounded great. He seems to have come to some kind of an agreement with his nemesis, the microphone stand, as there were only a couple of conflicts throughout the night. One thing that was a little different than the last show I saw was that Gord didn’t tell many stories or go on one of his famously entertaining rants. The whole show was just full of music. The performances by guitarists Paul Langlois and Robbie Baker were flawless while drummer Johnny Fay and bass player Gord Sinclair provided the kicking rhythm and backbone of the show.
This was a great show from a great band and I highly recommend digging into their music and catching their show in a town near you. photos and review by Mike McMillen