The Tragically Hip adds another B.C. show to final tour
The Tragically Hip have added four shows, including a second in Vancouver, to an upcoming tour that the beloved Canadian rockers say will be their last.
The Man Machine Poem tour dates were revealed last week, one day after the band announced frontman Gord Downie has a terminal form of brain cancer.
Tickets will be available Friday, but pre-sale tickets went on sale on Monday morning. The tickets were snapped up in minutes and were supposed to be available only for fans, but many took to social media to complain that they were purchased by people planning to resell them at high rates.
Pre-sale demand was so high that the band announced they were adding shows to the all-Canadian tour, bringing the total number of concerts from 11 to 15.
The Hip will make stops in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and Kingston between July 22 and Aug. 20.
Doctors have said, following treatment, Downie is cleared to perform on tour.
The 51-year-old has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that is treatable, but it cannot be cured.
Doctors discovered the brain tumour in December after Downie suffered a seizure. He has since undergone surgery and 30 radiation therapies.
In a news conference on May 25, doctors said the tumour has decreased substantially over the last few months. However, since it cannot be completely removed, it will one day come back.
One bit of good news is that Downie’s tumour contains a certain protein that “confers longer survival,” the head of neurology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Dr. James Perry told reporters on Tuesday.
“Fortunately for Gord, he has a type of glioblastoma that is more amenable to treatment than most,” Perry said.
In a statement on The Hip's website, the band said they're hoping the upcoming tour will be their best yet.
"This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us," the band wrote. "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."
Man Machine Poem Tour Dates
- July 22, 2016: Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria
- July 24, 2016: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
- July 26, 2016: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
- Jul 28, 2016: Rexall Place in Edmonton
- July 30, 2016: Rexall Place in Edmonton
- Aug. 1, 2016: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary
- Aug. 3, 2016: Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary
- Aug. 5, 2016: MTS Centre in Winnipeg
- Aug. 8, 2016: Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont.
- Aug. 10, 2016: Air Canada Centre in Toronto
- Aug. 12, 2016: Air Canada Centre in Toronto
- Aug. 14, 2016: Air Canada Centre in Toronto
- Aug. 16, 2016: FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ont.
- Aug. 18, 2016: Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa
- Aug. 20, 2016: Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ont.