The Tragically Hip's Final Tour: A Statistical Analysis
Published Aug 19, 2016The Tragically Hip's "Man Machine Poem" tour wraps up tomorrow night (August 20) in the group's hometown of Kingston, ON, leaving many to wonder what "Canada's band" will be performing for their grand finale. While we won't "fully completely" know until Saturday night, we can make some educated guesses thanks to some new statistical analysis.
As pointed out by Canadian Press, contributions to concert history website Setlists.fm have been made for each of the 14 shows the Hip have played so far on their "Man Machine Poem" tour, which started out in Victoria in July. Over here, you'll find a full breakdown of all the songs they've performed so far.
From the data, the following CP has assembled the following breakdown of the tour so far:
Most Played Album: Man Machine Poem
Least Played Album: We Are the Same
Only Unplayed Album: The Tragically Hip EP
Most Played Classic Singles: "Ahead by a Century," "Bobcaygeon," "Grace, Too" and "Poets"
Overlooked Fan Favourites: "Locked in the Trunk of a Car," "My Music at Work" and "Nautical Disaster"
Since the Hip also just released their Man Machine Poem album, it should be no surprise that the band are using this final tour to perform material from their latest full-length release. While many of its songs have been brought out for Canadian crowds each night, the record's "In a World Possessed by the Human Mind," "What Blue" and "Machine" have been played at every single show so far.
As for the classics, the band's '90s period has seen a lot of love throughout the tour. CanCon staples "Ahead by a Century," "Grace, Too," and Phantom Power standouts "Bobcaygeon" and "Poets" have been brought out the most, having each been performed 12 times. Arguably, these are the no-brainers you can look forward to tomorrow.
Other hits that have received love at various venues include the anthemic "Courage (for Hugh MacLennan)," bluesy rawk cuts like "Blow at High Dough" and "New Orleans Is Sinking," "At the Hundredth Meridian," and Road Apples gems "Little Bones" and "Twist My Arm."
While the band have been switching things up nightly, some of the biggies that have been only brought out a few times include "Fifty-Mission Cap" (four times), "Nautical Disaster" (three times) and "My Music at Work" (two times).
Those have all fared better than the band's self-titled EP, though, whose eight songs have yet to be performed on the tour. If you're an odds person, chances are good that will continue. That said, with the band bringing it back home to Kingston, it's possible Gord and the boys will deliver some of their earliest jams alongside those from their final release.
As previously reported, tomorrow's concert is being held at Kingston, ON's K-Rock Centre. For those who weren't able to get a ticket, it is being broadcast live on the CBC.