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June 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Tragically Hip tribute band, 100th Meridian, is slated to play the Blue Nose tomorrow.

Robert McCarthy, lead singer of Tragically Hip tribute band the 100th Meridian, said the two shows the band’s played since the announcement of Gord Downie’s terminal cancer have been packed, but described the news about his idol as a kick in the face.
“He’s been someone I’ve looked up to for many years,” said McCarthy.
“I actually worked in a neurology ward so I’ve seen people with glioblastoma quite often and I kind of have an idea of what he’s in store for, and it’s hard to know that (about) someone I’ve looked up to for so long.”
McCarthy and The 100th Meridian, which is filled out by Jack Miller on rhythm guitar and back up vocals, Chris Grant on lead guitar, Ben Wanner on drums and Trevor Hayes on bass, will be playing at the Bluenose Bar and Grill Friday and want fans to come out and celebrate not just Canada Day, but also Downie’s life.
McCarthy said the band brings a high energy show and is strict on staying true to the originals, doing its best to make it a full tribute.
“We mess around a bit on New Orleans is sinking, but that’s kind of one of their songs that Gord Downie goes off on, and we do something similar like he does,” McCarthy said.
“We just play the songs like they are on the albums and try and put on a good show.”
Some of the tunes fans can expect to hear Friday are Blow at High Dough, Lionized, Boots and Hearts, The Wherewithal, Road Apples, Little Bones, Born in the Water, pretty much the entire Up to Here album, and of course, the above mentioned New Orleans is Sinking.
McCarthy became immersed in The Tragically Hip after his first listen, saying the band’s catalogue saturated his musical listening until he got to the point where he wanted to form a tribute band.
The band has been honing its Hip skills for about five years now, practising, performing and learning the covers down to the detail, to the point where news outlets have contacted McCarthy upon hearing Downie’s diagnoses to get his thoughts on the announcement of his illness. 
“There’s been numerous reporters that have been contacting me, asking the same kind of things, and guys from Time Magazine in Brooklyn, New York called me two weeks ago and just wanted to know how it affected our band,” he said.
So for those who want to experience The Hip, but can’t make it to one of the band’s tour dates, check out The 100th Meridian Friday at the Blusenose Bar and Grill.
Cover charge is $15.

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