We’ve covered a fair share of music here on MayorsManor through the years – including items on Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, the Rolling Stones, the Briggs, Fred Coury of Cinderella, Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records and much more.
So, let’s start with a little disclaimer, I have no idea who the Tragically Hip are. I’ve heard of them, but have never heard them. All I know is they come from Canada and are all the rage north of the border.
After the Kings finished up in Colorado last Tuesday they flew to Edmonton in advance of their game vs. the Oilers on Thursday night. By a stroke of luck – for them – ‘the Hip’ (as all the cool kids call them) were playing at Rexall Place on Wednesday night.
“Yeah, we went,” said Doughty. “We got to meet some of their guys before the concert and then we watched them play.”
Don’t keep everybody waiting. How was it?
“It was fun!” – shared the 23-year old defenseman.
But, of course it was – three Canadian boys out supporting some of their countrymen…
“That’s the whole thing, the reason why we went,” Doughty began to explain. “You support your fellow Canadians and they’re one of the best bands ever coming from Canada.”
Truth be told, I heard ‘they’re one of the best bands’ and was about to stop him.
He made a strong save though by adding ‘…from Canada’ – which quickly made me realize, I think what he was tying to say in plain English was they’re better than Nickelback. We’ll have to take his word for it.
“It was the first time I had ever seen them, and meeting them before their show was the coolest part.” he continued.
Wait, the pre-show was better than the actual show? Does that suggest that maybe they aren’t so good after all?
Even though things were staring to get very confusing at this point, we weren’t about to put him on the spot with such a question.
However, before moving on, there were still two points that didn’t add up.
First, Doughty doesn’t go very many places without Trevor Lewis in tow. Why wasn’t he at the concert also? Are the Hip only hip in Canada? Are they not big in Salt Lake City?
And second, Stoll is known as the style guy on the Kings. If it’s hip, he knows about it.
He was there, at the concert. So, are the Hip really hip and we just don’t know?
It’s all way too much to ponder right now.
Let’s wrap-up with an only slightly tangential story.
This one isn’t so much about supporting your fellow Canadians though – as Ricky Romero is from East LA and played college baseball at Cal State Fullerton. These days he pitches for Doughty’s beloved Blue Jays – which probably makes him Canadian by proxy.
Some may recall that when the Jays came to Anaheim last season, Doughty and Lewis went to the game together (see!).
After the last out, Romero invited the duo into the Toronto locker room – where he presented super-fan his own, custom lettered ‘Doughty 8’ Jays jersey.
Now, fast forward the clock to a few weeks ago and Romero was in the stands at Staples Center for the first hockey game of 2013.
We know exactly what you’re thinking…
Did Doughty repay the favor and hook him up with a ‘Romero 24’ Kings jersey?
“No, I didn’t,” said a deflated Doughty. “I didn’t have enough time once we decided he was coming.”
He must not know about the Team LA store inside the arena where they can customize any jersey in about an hour.
“I’ll get him one, some day,” conceded Doughty.
Not cool Drew. Not cool at all.
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