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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Against The Tide
Hey. Remember this?

Well. Thursday night the Hard Rock Cafe in Toronto is hosting a benefit concert featuring tribute bands covering the AC/DC, the Doors, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones and... the Tragically Hip.

This is all very well and good and we encourage those of you who enjoy the classic hits of said bands to attend. But upon receiving a press release explaining as much, the obvious - and, of course, most trivial - question immediately came to mind: Will the Wheat Kings, said Hip cover band, be performing New Orleans Is Sinking at said show?

So we dropped lead singer Todd Sharman a quick note. He promptly sent back the following reply (note: this is probably the closest this blog will ever get to an exclusive one-on-one with Gord Downie):

"No. We have not dropped it from our set list. As far as the benefit show, I guess if the promoters have a problem with it, then we won't play it. I personally don't find that song is negative toward the situation in the city nor do I find it offensive. The lyrics state that "if New Orleans is sinkin' then I don't want to swim." I take that to mean that he loves that city so much that he'd rather go down with the ship. These are only my feelings on this. Other members may have a different slant on it. Hope I have been of some help. I hope to see you at the show on Thursday."

Cheers Todd. Here are the details on Thursday's concert:

WHAT: "Amazing Tributes Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert"
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, Club 279
WHEN: Thursday, September 15, 2005 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: $10 donation at the door
All ticket and bar proceeds benefit the American Red Cross
Ages 19 and older

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