With the unfortunate recent announcement that lead singer of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, has terminal brain cancer, fans have rushed to get tickets to what very may well be a farewell tour. Another unfortunate, and blood-boiling part of this is that the secondary market to buy tickets to their show has become ridiculous in the sense that it’s now going to cost hundreds of dollars to see the band live. I saw the Tragically Hip live at the Molson Amphitheater 10 years for a July 1st concert, which they have every year. It was the best live concert I’d ever seen. It was a nice summer evening, the crowd was all decked out in Canada day gear and at the end of the show the fireworks went off at Ontario place. For $30, you aren’t going to see a better live show. $30 barely gets you popcorn, a drink and a movie ticket now. But what drew people to the band was that no matter how popular they were, you could always see them live, at a large venue for a reasonable price. Now? not so much. As you can see here the tickets are outrageously priced-
The band has done it’s best to accommodate those fans who can’t afford the ridiculous prices but having mutiple shows at the Air Canada Center in August but the attempted saturation of the market still hasn’t stopped the gouging. For those of us in radio, this should come as a concern. The internet is a great tool, as are apps we use on our phones. But they’ve also led to people having the ability to take advantage of those desperate to see something live, obviously in this case, a band. My suggestion is for bands to limit how many tickets can be sold to one person. If you have multiple credit cards, and are trying to gouge, you can be investigated and reported. People shouldn’t be able to make money for not actually putting any work in, which is exactly how the secondary market works. If you love the Tragically Hip, and are willing to spend your hard earned money, put some money down, bite the bullet and go see them one more time. You won’t regret it, but your bank account might. I’ll let the band take it away-
We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.
A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.
So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…
We’ve decided to do another one.
This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us.
What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.
So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.
We hope you can come out and join us this summer – details and dates will be coming this week.
And we sincerely thank all of you, for your continued love and support”