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A Memorable Night With No Specifics

It was December 1999 (could have been '98), and I had tickets to the Phantom Power Tour at the ACC in Toronto. I can remember the excitement; It was to be my first Hip concert, and I had been a fan since the release of Fully Completely. A few of us had purchased tickets in a small block, and we intended to make a road trip out of it (as much of a road trip as one can have driving from Barrie to Toronto ...). I recall that my girlfriend wasn't the biggest Hip fan at the time, but I knew that a live experience would help to sort that out. A few days before the show, I came down with a bad cold. I rarely get sick, but this one really knocked me out. I had a fever and a bad cough, and I was mildly delerious, so every waking moment felt like a quasi-out-of-body experience. On the day of the concernt, both my friend and my girlfriend insisted that 'there will be other times,' and that a crowded stadium was just about the last place in the world I should be. I was adamant though - nothing short of hospitalization was going to stop me from seeing the Hip live. Against better judgement, we hit the 400 and headed to Toronto, blasting the Hip all the way. It's strange what you remember about a feverish and delerious period afterwards. Some of the general details stand out, but I didn't retain the specifics. I know that the concert was fantastic, for example. I have vague recollections of standing for a few hours, sweating profusely and cheering on the band. I remember feeling unbelievably cold on the walk to and from the stadium, out of proportion to the temperature in Toronto that night. I know that the Hip played many of my favourite songs during the concert, but I can't recall which ones. I know that my concerned girlfiend (now my wife) kept trying to get me to sit down, and she tells me that my reply was always

Submitted by: Michael Larsen


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