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Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson to participate in CBC Radio's HIP30 special celebrating 30 years of The Tragically Hip

Thu, Dec 22, 2016@6:59PM | comments

UPDATE - 1/2@9:43PM: The entire special has been posted online at the CBC website here (thanks RushFanForever). Geddy and Alex provided some brief commentary that was likely taken from their interview with Strombo from back in November. They did not perform any songs or do any extended commentary.

CBC Radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos (aka Strombo) has spent the past year working on a four-hour special celebrating the 30-year legacy of The Tragically Hip titled HIP30. The special will air on CBC Radio 2's The Strombo Show on New Year's Day from 8PM to midnight, and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will participate. From Now Toronto:

... Stroumboulopoulos started reaching out to artists to participate in late 2015, and recording was well underway when the Tragically Hip announced in May that frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. After that, more artists signed on and the project took on a different weight. "We started way before, but the announcement certainly added a gravitas to it," Stroumboulopoulos tells NOW. "If you talk to any of the singers, a lot of them will tell you that Gord's phrasing is very unique. You can't just sit down and play three chords and do a cover. With the Hip, you have to put a lot of thought into it." The project was inspired by The Strombo Show's Neil Young 70 special, but features a much more extensive list of contributors. In all, around 50 songs were recorded. Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies, the Sadies, By Divine Right, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer and Julie Doiron are among the Hip's friends and peers who participated, while Harrison, SATE, Stars, Tanika Charles, Weaves, Woodpigeon, the Dears, D-Sisive, Death from Above 1979, Born Ruffians and Greys are among the artists representing the generations of musicians that came after. ... The New Year's Day broadcast will be divided up by eras of the band's creative output, with participating artists and guests like Daniel Lanois, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush, filmmaker Atom Egoyan and the Hip's longtime technical director Dave 'Billy Ray' Koster offering added insight. Although Downie's illness weighed on many acts throughout the creative process, Stroumboulopoulos says the emphasis is on celebrating the Hip and their influence. "A lot of people don't realize how big an impact the Hip have had on so many bands," he says. "There's a lot of talk about Gord, but we were clear from the start that this is not a eulogy. It's a celebration. It's about hearing the songs and hearing people talk about what the band means to them." ...