Day 11: Video report
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Day 11: Chicago Concert Review
REVIEW BY: GREG VAN DYKE
UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Friday, December 1, 2000
What the hell just happened? Please could someone tell me? As I sit here
in the underbelly of the UIC Pavilion in Chicago at some computer I have
never laid eyes on and a freakish ice machine occasionally dropping what
seems to be a thousand pounds of ice in my head I have no idea what to
say. I never am one not to have something to say usually about topics I no
nothing about but suddenly I am at a loss for words. The past seven hours
have been a blur at best. I arrived for duty at 4:30 p.m. it is now 11:20
p.m. and counting. Did I miss something going on here? I know I didn't
because I have the videotape and the duty of this review to tell me
So I think this is what just happened. Like I said before I started my
"Evening With The Hip" at 4:30 p.m. Ross our tour guide/videographer
extrordinaire first led us to the "Crew Bus." I was expecting to see a
"Don't come a knockin' when this bus' a rockin'" bumpersticker but no such
luck instead I had to settle for a humidifier that had a sticker that said
"Humidifiers keep things moist." I'm kidding. Next we got to see the
intense preparation of what actually goes on before they even put on the
show. I was amazed, they had like small Iowa town working for them. After
that we went over the set list to decide what songs I would shoot for the
website. We came up with like six or seven. At that point it was already
time to eat. So we sat down with some of the crew and ate a delicious meal
again I was quite surprised. Then it was show time. Here's where it gets
blurry. I ran from here to there to shoot my songs and then got to enjoy
what was possibly one of the greatest rock shows I have ever
witnessed. From the opener Tiger the Lion to the closer Little Bones there
is no one that I have witnessed, and there are whole lot of them, that can
touch The Tragically Hip. The night was a blur but the night will stay
with me for a very long time. Please stay.
Greg Van Dyke
It's no so much why I think I should be the videographer, it's more like why other people think I should be the videographer. Let's take a look at some things that have been said about me shall we?
"Greg whatever you say man. Do i think you make a good videographer? Sure why not! You got that twenty bucks you owe me?"
-- My brother Steve
"You can be anything you want to be if you pray really hard and do good in school"
-- My grandma circa 1983
"Are you sure nobody will ever see this?"
-- My wife Sandy
As you see by these testamonials people think I am more than worthy to have bestowed upon me the duties of videographer at the Chicago Hip show.
-- Greg Van Dyke
The Tragically Hip thanks the following organizations for helping them with this project:
CANOE.CA, for hosting the contest and tour site.
www.henrys.com for supplying the Panasonic Digital Video camera.
Bootleg Networks, for video editing and encoding.
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