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March 4, 2009

Profits to help radio host Glenn (G) Williams, diagnosed with ALS Posted By MARK BERGIN, WHIG-STANDARD STAFF WRITER Posted 1 day ago  The tragically hip are returning to the K-Rock Centre for a cause close to their hearts. We’re very pleased to be able to help a friend,” said guitarist Paul Langlois, announcing a show May 23 to benefit local disc jockey Glenn Williams. Williams, 41, known as G from KRock radio, was diagnosed last June with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no known cure. ”The guys in the band all wanted to do something to help Glenn and his family,” Langlois said. ”No one has ever supported The Hip more than G.” All profits from the show will go directly to a fund benefiting Williams and his family. The announcement was made live on K-Rock radio yesterday morning. As Williams entered the studio with his wife Jodi Decker, Langlois embraced Williams and thanked him for all he has done for the Kingston community. ”I’m gonna get you,” said Williams, who had been lured to the station under the premise of picking up some old cassettes. ”Now I’m sitting here and I’m full of emotion. I really appreciate this … it’s not often I’m speechless.” As Langlois made the on-air announcement of the concert, Williams’ eyes filled with tears. ”It’s not so much about me, it’s about my family,” Williams said. He stopped as tears choked his words. His wife gently touched his arm as deejay Darryl Kor nicky told Williams it was time he was repaid for his own generosity. ”You’ve given so much to others,” said Kornicky. ”Everything you’ve done for this community over the years, and given so unselfishly, has been for other people’s families, and this is where payback comes. ”All those decent things you’ve done for the community – when you are in a time of need, others want to give back to you.” Langlois said it was an easy decision for The Tragically Hip to play the KRock Centre to support someone in their home town who has faithfully supported them over many years. ”We know it’s uncomfortable for G,” he said. “He’s used to being on the other side, helping people.” ”It’s going to be an awesome night.” The Hip’s next album, We Are The Same, is scheduled for release on April 7. “Making a record is more difficult than touring,” said Langlois. “That’s when you get emotionally tied to your ideas. Once we’ve made the record, then we go out on tour and have fun.” The tour begins in Kitchener on April 27. Langlois said the Hip will be on tour in North America and Europe until Christmas. It will largely be a theatre tour, and the band will play multiple shows in some locales. ”We haven’t done a theatre-type tour in a while,” said Langlois. “We’re looking forward to being closer to the audiences.” Kingston’s K-Rock Centre will be an exception. Tickets will go on sale on the Tragically Hip website, www.thehip.com, today and at the K-Rock Centre box office on Saturday. http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1459137”

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