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Ghost of Bill Barilko

While many Hip songs conjure varied emotions for me one has never sent tingles down my spine or the hair on the back of my neck stand up like Fifty-Mission Cap when played at Maple Leaf Gardens during the Trouble at the Henhouse Tour. Admittedly, I did not have great seats for the show but they did put me in a direct sightline of the Bill Barilko #5 banner suspended from the rafters. The haze from the fog effects mingled among the Garden's exposed roof structure. The guitar broke in with the first bars of Fifty-Mission Cap. The Maple Leaf championship banners hung motionless. Ace Bailey's #6 draped at attention. But the spirit of the song's subject was roused from his slumber and the Bill Barilko banner began to sway.

Submitted by: Greg Lathem

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