Seattle, WA - A Hip History

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I just returned from a trip this fine city in America's Pacific Northwest and I left quite impressed and looking forward to my next visit immensely.  I've recently moved to Las Vegas, NV after spending many years in Toronto, ON and I didn't realize how much I missed things like trees (especially evergreens), lakes and water and the quirky neighborhood culture that is developed over generations of an evolution of a city.  Las Vegas is a baby in that regard.  It has its other charms :)  I guess Seattle just reminded me a lot of Toronto....except their tower is much shorter.

The Needle
So I got to thinking about The Hip and their history with Seattle.  I went to The Hip's own database to gather some info.  The database itself has gaps like missing songs, setlists and I have to assume dates especially from the early years.  Luckily we are too affected with this research beyond the first 3 Seattle shows which have no sets listed and the 2000/11/01 show which has an unknown song in the 2nd set. There is also a show listed as Summer Nights at the Pier 62/63 but with no further information.  In total the database lists 14 Seattle shows. 


1993/09/23: No Set List, No Venue
-I'm just taking the database at its word. This show happened.

Under The Rail, Seattle, WA
1994/10/03
1994/10/04
-ditto

1996/07/28 Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA

Gift Shop
Grace, Too
700 Ft. Ceiling
Thugs
Springtime In Vienna
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
Daredevil
Flamenco
At The Hundredth Meridian
So Hard Done By
Butts Wigglin
Titanic Terrarium
Ahead By A Century
Nautical Disaster
Put It Off
Fire In The Hole

Encore
Don't Wake Daddy

Notes:  This show was a part of the Trouble at the Henhouse tour.  What's unique is that none of the power trio of Blow at High Dough, NOIS or Little Bones is present in the setlist.  The Hip at this point were already a band with an extensive and powerful repertoire that didn't need the crutch of playing their greatest hits night after night.

Pike Place Market

1999/03/30  KMTT Radio, Seattle, WA

Poets
Bobcaygeon
Thompson Girl


1999/03/30 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
Something On
Fully Completely
Grace, Too
Fireworks
Gift Shop
Springtime In Vienna
Poets
The Luxury
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
Ahead By A Century
Greasy Jungle
Bobcaygeon
Nautical Disaster
Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man
At The Hundredth Meridian

Encore
Thompson Girl
So Hard Done By
New Orleans Is Sinking

Notes: Black out to Phantom Power...

Can you spot The Hip?

2000/11/01 Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
Set I
Tiger The Lion
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
Don't Wake Daddy
Puttin' Down
Gift Shop
The Luxury
Fireworks
The Completists
Springtime In Vienna
Ahead By A Century
Sherpa
Nautical Disaster
My Music At Work

Set II
Wheat Kings
Train Overnight
Boots Or Hearts
Emperor Penguin
Blow At High Dough
Lake Fever
Daredevil
Poets
Unknown Song
At The Hundredth Meridian
Chagrin Falls
Stay
New Orleans Is Sinking
Fire In The Hole

Encore
Bobcaygeon
An Inch An Hour

The Classic Gargoyle Logo


Your Imagination's Having Puppies
More Seattle Photos Here


I'm in the Men's Room at The Feedback Lounge in Seattle and lo and behold I spot a couple of classic logos!


2000/11/02 Moore Theatre,  Seattle, WA
Set I
Grace, Too
My Music At Work
Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man
Tiger The Lion
Fully Completely
Puttin' Down
Gift Shop
Titanic Terrarium
Greasy Jungle
Long Time Running
Fireworks
At The Hundredth Meridian
Something On

Set II
Scared
Wild Mountain Honey
Thompson Girl
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
Lake Fever
Save The Planet
Twist My Arm
Pigeon Camera
Flamenco
Inevitability Of Death
Freak Turbulence
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
The Wherewithal

Encore
Ahead By A Century
Thugs
Little Bones

Notes:  This was a pretty neat little 2 night run at The Moore.  These shows were part of the "An Evening With" tour that included vocalist Kate Fenner and keyboardist Chris Brown.  The format was 2 sets with an encore, a format we recently and thankfully saw revived with the We Are the Same tour. This allowed for a wide range of song selection and setlist diversity offering up a real treat for fans lucky enough to see the band do a back-to-back run at one venue.  
I was both lucky and unlucky to be in Australia for this entire tour.  Didn't see a single show.  I had my mom mail me a cassette tape of Music@Work the day it came out.  That's right.  Cassette Tape.  For my Walkman.  Sorry for the digression...if you were lucky enough to be at this run you would have seen 59 individual songs performed with only 9 repeats from 2000/11/01 to 2000/11/02.  Not bad.  There is one Unknown Song in the 2000/11/01 setlist so that may or may not have been a repeat.

The Moore Theatre

Five of The Tragically Hip's Seattle shows have taken place at The Moore Theatre making it their primary indoor venue when playing the city.  The Moore is one of those classic old  theatres that can be found in most American cities.  It is very ornate and cozy inside, has multiple tiers and holds about 1500 people.  It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2007.

The Moore Theatre

From its Wikipedia page:
The upper balcony, although well-appointed for its day, was originally racially segregated from the rest of the theater hall. It once had separate entrances, and to this day has a separate staircase connecting it to just inside the front door.

Interesting fact considering its location in the Pacific Northwest. 


2002/08/24  The Pier, Seattle, WA
Use It Up
My Music At Work
New Orleans Is Sinking
Fully Completely
Are You Ready
Lake Fever
Silver Jet
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
Fireworks
It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
At The Hundredth Meridian
Springtime In Vienna
The Dark Canuck
Poets
The Dire Wolf
Gift Shop
Little Bones

Encore
Grace, Too
Wheat Kings
Blow At High Dough

Notes:  I caught this tour in Boston at the Sommerville Theatre.  Those were my first US theatre shows which I thought was really cool.  I mean you were close when you stood at the back of the room.  That's a big deal for us Canucks.

I like this particular setlist because it has both The Dire Wolf and The Dark Canuck in it.  I've been rocking these tunes in the car a lot lately.  Loud.  Mainly on my way to play poker at the MGM.  It's like my ring entrance music.  Anyway, I can't get enough of them.  I know there's other like me and it's OK to admit it.


2004/10/10 Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA

Intro
Grace, Too
So Hard Done By
Train Overnight
Pigeon Camera
Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man
Puttin' Down
Lake Fever
Nautical Disaster
Fireworks
Toronto #4
My Music At Work
Tiger The Lion
Gift Shop
Opiated
Scared
Ahead By A Century
Daredevil
An Inch An Hour

Encore
Poets
Inevitability Of Death

Notes: Opiated has only been performed 4 times since 2000/12/21.  While that in itself is a real shame for such a song, it makes catching one A Beautiful Thing.


2007/03/29 Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
In View
New Orleans Is Sinking
The Drop-Off
It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
Family Band
Ahead By A Century
Yer Not The Ocean
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
World Container
Boots Or Hearts
Springtime In Vienna
At The Hundredth Meridian
Bobcaygeon
The Kids Don't Get It
Fully Completely
Scared
The Lonely End Of The Rink
Blow At High Dough

Encore
Luv (Sic)
Jumping Jack Flash (video below)
Little Bones





2007/07/11 Marymoor Park, Seattle, WA
Concerts at Marymoor
Yer Not The Ocean
My Music At Work
Grace, Too
Lake Fever
The Drop-Off
Bobcaygeon
Nautical Disaster
In View
The Dire Wolf
World Container
Fireworks
New Orleans Is Sinking
Ahead By A Century
The Kids Don't Get It
Fully Completely
Little Bones

Encore
Family Band
Membership
Fire In The Hole

Notes: Membership has not been played since this show.



Here's a video from the KMTT Studios on 2009/06/17.





2009/06/17 The Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
Set I
The Depression Suite
In View
Gift Shop
Coffee Girl
Twist My Arm
Morning Moon
New Orleans Is Sinking
It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken
The Exact Feeling
At The Hundredth Meridian
Love Is A First

Set II
Courage (For Hugh Maclennan)
The Rules
Wheat Kings
Nautical Disaster
The Last Recluse
Locked In The Trunk Of A Car
Gus: The Polar Bear From Central Park
Thugs
The Lonely End Of The Rink
Now The Struggle Has A Name
Fireworks
Little Bones

Encore
Frozen In My Tracks
Blow At High Dough




Unknown Date - Summer Nights at the Pier 62/63I can't figure this out...what tour, etc.  The IBE Tour was very short on US dates but that doesn't jive. 

Wow, we're actually missing over 25% of our data.  If anyone has any info, old bootlegs, etc that may fill some of these blanks in please let me know.

What a great city.  I was able to see Pike Place Market, the Aquarium, Alki Beach and a good bit of West Seattle which is where we were staying.  I was also able to have a beer down at 5 Point a very nice dive bar/diner.  There's still a lot of undiscovered territory for me to explore when I make my way back and since I now have family there it is as inevitable as death.  I look forward to catching a ball game there and to exploring the area in and around the UW campus.

If you're from Seattle, seen shows in Seattle or just feel that you have something to add go ahead and drop a line or two.

Cheers.

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