Why you need a farewell tour with a twist 

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I pose the question: would the Tragically Hip have had such a big final tour without a fatal cancer story? 

Probably not.  People are conditioned to not believe that little lie, and would probably note his age and figure they could catch him in the future when he burned through his latest concert boost. After all, musicians only really have live shows and merchandise to earn from as youtube has all but eliminated music sales. 

If Gord survives this fatal cancer, and then does another tour, how many times will it take for this confidence trick to  wear off and be unbelievable? 

I always thought The Who were the worst offenders, but there are plenty of examples. 

When Mötley Crüe raised the idea of a farewell tour, the band was stunned by their booking agents’ reaction. 0;They said to us, ‘This is a good marketing thing,'” says bassist Nikki Sixx. 0;It really bummed us out.” It’s hard to fault the Crüe camp for their skepticism: Farewell tours are an easy way to sell tickets to fans who want to come see their idols before they “retire.” It has even become somewhat of a joke. Phil Collins cheekily labelled his 2004 outing the 0;First Final Farewell Tour” and the Eagles went on their 0;Farewell 1” tour around the same time. The Crüe swear they are for real, but many groups in the past were equally emphatic when they announced their final tours. Here’s a look back at 10 of them. 


My friend thought Gord looked ill, injured by cancer therapies. I thought he looked pretty good, considering I don’t know what he looked like before or what he’s been up to for the last 20 years. 

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