Having missed the big event Saturday night, this was the first Hip thing i have watched since returning. Tears finally came. Everyone relates to the Hip differently, for me they are huge. I actually considered cancelling my trip to Thunder Rolls to stay home and watch with my friends/family.
It was powerful - a mix of celebration, gratitude, Canadian pride, rock 'n' roll and tears. The usual news story is, "Celebrity dies after secret illness". It's new territory for a musician to go public with a terminal illness and travel across the country to thank fans and say goodbye. People weren't sure how they should feel, how he would perform, what he would say or how they would respond. That made it better since the reactions were unscripted. Men dabbing at their eyes (including Justin Trudeau, whose presence was very low key), people leaping from their seats to dance, and the crowd singing if Gord faltered with lyrics on the teleprompter. Even though you weren't there Saturday night, you'll still have that experience whenever you get a chance to watch it.