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Pauline Diaz — Tragic news for The Tragically Hip fans, as the band confirms singer, Gord Downie’s has been diagnosed with cancer. Announced by the band just few weeks before their latest studio album release “Man, Machine, Poetry,” the Canadian quintet took to twitter to inform fans about the state of the singer and the group.
An important message from the band is now up on https://t.co/bnOogWaF9U
— The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom) May 24, 2016
Attached was a link to an open letter dated last May 24, 2016, where the band speaks direct to fans saying “Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so.” As of december 2015, Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and together with his family, has been fighting hard. At 52, the lead singer learned of the tumor after suffering a seizure while visiting his hometown of Kingston, Ontario.
The band behind the hit “Ahead by a century” has been together since 1984, but has yet to release a full record since 2012. The startling development looks to be the impetus for this forthcoming album and tour. In the letter signed by guitarists Paul Langlois and Rob Baker, bassist Gord Sinclair, drummer Johnny Fay and Downie they add “…After 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours… We’ve decided to do another one…” continuing on by describing to fans their upcoming summer shows, “we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”
As news of the Downie spreads, fans take to social media to share their support. In a tweet by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about the singer “Gord Downie is a true original who has been writing Canada’s soundtrack for more than 30 years,” and adds the hashtag #Courage after one of the Hip’s best-known songs.
At the press conference, neurologist Dr. James Perry, and The Hip’s managers Bernie Breen and Sambrook spoke with the media for half an hour on the state of Downie’s health. “It is my difficult duty today to tell you Gord Downie’s tumor is incurable,” Perry said, explaining the infiltrative nature of the tumor that has made it impossible to remove completely by surgery.
None the less the band is working hard and for this tour has been quoted as saying “We want to blow people’s minds.”
The band recently released a new single “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” from their upcoming album Man Machine Poem which will be out on June 17, 2016.
For the full details on the band’s tour dates visit http://www.thehip.com