A Canadian one-two punch this week. First Mr. Lahey and now Gord Downie, front man of our favourites, the Tragically Hip has passed. Gord fought a very public battle with brain cancer over the past year. He was passionate about hockey, the Boston Bruins & the plight of our Aboriginal people. His poetic lyrics would most closely be comparable to Jim Morrison's, though the bands sounded absolutely nothing alike.
The Tragically Hip has possibly been our finest & most interesting standard rock band of the past 30 years. Their peak fame likely occurred in 1995 when Dan Akroyd (from Kingston, Ontario - the hometown of "The Hip" and also where I went to university) got them a gig on SNL. I saw them live once, on Canada Day fittingly enough. It's baffling to millions of us how they never hit it big in the US like so man of our other performers.
Here's a couple of videos if you have time. The first is (vhs source, terrible quality sorry, but the audio is ok) them performing my favourite song from their catalogue on SNL: https://www.pinkbike.com/video/453517/
And here's "Ahead by a Century" which makes me tear up every damned time, for no reason I can explain. RIP, Gord. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE2joQsWXJg