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Day 1: Vancouver Concert Review
REVIEW BY: ANNE FLETCHER
Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C.
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Recipe for an unforgettable evening: take five talented musicians and two
such friends, dozens of auxiliary personnel, hundreds of staff members and
security guards, and ten thousand or so fans. Toss gently in a warm arena
on a cold November day and allow to twist, turn, undulate, rise and fall
for approximately two and one half hours. In a way, a Hip concert is like
getting a taste of some good home cooking. It is more a gathering than an
event, less about being Canadian than sharing something Canadian. We are
all somehow made kindred spirits for the night.
I almost had myself convinced that I could fall out of love with this band
for just this one night. I wanted to be objective, I wanted to at least try
to be a good reporter. Easier said than done, as it turned out. When the
music starts you can't help but be swept up and away, and by the sounds of
it no one at the Coliseum tonight even dared try to resist. The crowd sang
along, not just with the old favorites like Boots or Hearts and Courage,
but with Train Overnight and Lake Fever too.
Being videographer, photographer, reporter and spectator all at once was a
difficult task. While watching the show I very nearly forgot I had a job to
do, and while doing my job I very nearly forgot I had a show to watch. A
few moments, and a few songs stand out in my mind, however. Hundredth
Meridian was done a little differently (and Fred Durst can't sing your
eulogy, not tonight anyway). New Orleans is Sinking ventured into
unfamiliar territory, though I'm not quite sure what they call it. Long
Time Running brought the both the lighters and the dancers out of the
crowd. Daredevil was my favourite of the night, and you'll be able to see
and hear why in a few days.
Although a good time was had by all, none was better than mine. I have seen
the Tragically Hip many times in the past, but this was definitely the most
memorable of my concert experiences. Best wishes to all my fellow employees
and sincere thanks to everyone involved for this opportunity.
I am writing in response to your advertisement of October 19, 2000 at www.canoe.ca. I would like to apply for the position of videographer, working one of the upcoming Tragically Hip shows in Vancouver, BC. Although my experience is limited to the mere periphery of the visual arts, let me assure you that my innate aptitude for marksmanship and keen eye for the elusive more than compensate for my technical shortcomings.
Shooting the Hip has long been a fantasy of mine. I have a complete collection of their albums and would describe myself as an avid fan of the band. Beyond that, I must admit I also feel a strong sense of kinship with Mr. Downie. At times his profoundly sublime musings seem to be reflective of the thoughts in my own mind. Armour in my belly indeed; he alone can understand.
Truth be told, I am a rather pensive and solitary individual. In my opinion this could be viewed as an advantage to the position, however, as my presence behind the scenes would not be deemed intrusive. I am also able to derive a certain pleasure from focussing single-mindedly on the subject at hand. This affords me the patience to watch, and wait, for those rare and soulful moments to unfold. I consider it to be time well spent.
All of this is essentially true. Do you see-through?
-- Anne Fletcher
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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