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My first ever Tragically Hip show was in September of 1988. It was my friends first year at the University of Manitoba. One of the first big events of the school year was a concert in Tache Hall, the price was $4.00. I never heard of the band before but when they took the stage they absolutely rocked the place. I took notice and wondered where these guys came from. I remember leaning over to my friend and asking him the bands name. When he told me I locked the name in my memory bank and I told him to remember the name, these guys are going places. The next year the Tragically Hip played the same venue around the same time and I had to go and see them again. I was not disappointed, the band was even more polished with new songs that would have been from Up to Here. They were awesome. I am happy to say I saw the Hip in the early days and have been a huge fan ever since. I have seen them in other Canadian cities over the years and even travelled to Minniapolis Minnestoa twice, 1995 and 2002 I believe to see them play at First Avenue. Both shows were awesome. The second show in 2002 was even more memorable as it was July and the air conditioning system in the bar was not working. It was so hot that myself and everyone else left the show completely drenched. It was if we all took showers with our clothes on. I am happy to say that I have seen the Tragically Hip more than 20 times since 1988. I lost count after 20. I look forward to seeing them anytime they come to town or within a days drive. I was working at the Juno's last year when they were in Winnipeg and I was very happy to see that the band was inducted into the HAll of FAME. I found it odd as most bands get the honour during the end or the twilight of their careers. I know that the band is still going strong and loving it! Yours Truly, Huge Hip Fan Jay

Submitted by: Jason Janzen


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