Published Jun 11, 2020Seventeen years after ending his run as the Tragically Hip's first-ever manager, Jake Gold will take the reins once more for a new partnership with the group that is poised to include the release of multiple archival projects.
Gold, the president and CEO of Toronto-based the Management Trust, finalized the partnership this past Monday (June 8). Speaking with the Canadian Press, Gold said he kept in touch with the band members in the years apart and attended several shows on the final tour, describing his current work with the iconic Canadian outfit's archive as an "archaeological dig."
"I think of it as this is like the Beatles of Canada," Gold said Wednesday, referencing the Fab Four's own archival output in recent years. "You have this massive amount of catalogue. There's tons of unreleased tracks, there's videos, there's footage, there's just a lot of stuff and there's a lot to do."
As far as immediate projects, Gold teased a celebration for the Hip's acclaimed sophomore album Road Apples, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2021. Gold will also work with the family of Gord Downie on further unreleased solo material from the late frontman.
Beyond music, Gold expressed that there is a significant amount of Hip memorabilia to be unearthed, including old photos, posters, T-shirts and more.
"The stuff I love to do is to get creative and work with the guys," Gold told CP. "You can do a lot of things, especially with their catalogue. Their catalogue is cemented in the Canadian fabric."
"In the words of Peaches and Herb, 'We're reunited and it feels so good,'" the Tragically Hip wrote in a collective statement after news of Gold's return broke. "We are all very happy to be back working with our original dance partner and architect, Jake Gold and the Management Trust."
"The Downie family is very happy to be reuniting with Jake. We see no better person to serve the legacy and future works of Gord Downie and of The Tragically Hip," the late frontman's brother, Patrick Downie, added in a separate statement. "We are truly excited for everyone, especially for the fans."
Gold, 62, signed and began work with the Hip in 1986, guiding the band through early career successes with 1989 debut Up to Here, the aforementioned Road Apples and 1992's acclaimed Fully Completely.
The band would build on their success with studio efforts Day for Night, Trouble at the Henhouse and Phantom Power, ahead of Gold's departure in 2003.
"I think in a lot of ways it's pretty obvious for me," Gold told CP of his return. "You know, it's part of my legacy. So when I heard that the former managers resigned, I was like, 'There's only one guy that should be taking this over.'"
Tragically Hip bassist Gord Sinclair recently made his solo debut with Taxi Dancers, and also his version of a previously unreleased Hip rarity.
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