This song seems fitting as The Tragically Hip just played their final show this past weekend. The band did one last tour this summer after their lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with brain cancer. The final concert was held in Kingston and was broadcast and streamed live by CBC in Canada to a reported audience of over 11 million (not bad for a country with a population of 35 million and while the Olympics were going on). The final concert itself raised over $200,000 for cancer research.
I will admit, there are a few songs by The Hip that I have really enjoyed but to say I am a big fan would be, well, a lie. HOWEVER, that does not apply when speaking about the song ‘Ahead by a Century’. This is not only the best Tragically Hip song (in my opinion), it is one of the best songs ever (also in my opinion). Apparently, I’m not alone in this thinking as The Tragically Hip decided to close their concert with it making this the final song the band will ever play live. Pretty powerful stuff.
So with that, I tip my 50 mission cap to The Tragically Hip on a wonderful career and apologize for taking this long to get around to them for Throwback Thursday. Enjoy.