Canadian rock heroes the Tragically Hip shared some terrible news this week: Their frontman, Gord Downie, has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and the band will head out on their final tour this summer. Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew produced the Tragically Hip’s new album Man Machine Poem, and now that news of the cancer is out there, Downie and Drew’s longtime friend Leslie Feist has shared a spare, beautiful cover of “Flamenco” from the Hip’s 1996 release Trouble At The Henhouse. The YouTube description reads, “For Gord. We’ll all be there this summer to see you bring out the new songs with your singular guts and panache…. and the golden oldies that are so golden. All my respect, admiration and love, Leslie.”
Feist also shared a statement with The New York Times:
My feelings are big for Gord, as they have been since I first met him 20 years ago,. He’s always been a teacher to me for how to fight for the true view in a song and inhabit them with conviction. I admire him deeply and wish him strength and love in this struggle.