The Tragically Hip's show in Kingston on Aug. 20 was both emotional and historical. More than 11.7 million Canadians tuned in to watch Gord Downie and company perform the last show on their cross-country tour. In between songs, the iconic frontman took a moment to call out a special fan in the audience - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
After encouraging the PM to address issues facing Canada's Indigenous community, Gord noted that he believed the politician would be in office for many years to come. "He's going to be looking good for about at least 12 more years. I don't know if they let you go beyond that. But he'll do it."
Justin was one of thousands who descended on downtown Kingston to watch the hometown band rock the stage for more than two hours. CBC broadcast the show live and commercial free.
Showing off his Hip pride in a band t-shirt, the father of three took to Instagram to celebrate the Canadian moment, writing, "The whole country is here in Kingston tonight! To say thanks, to say goodbye, to celebrate Canada's band."
He later expressed his gratitude for being able to witness history in the making, saying, "It an extraordinary opportunity for everyone in Kingston, but indeed across the country, to celebrate an iconic Canadian and an extraordinary band. It was a great and moving night and I was extremely privileged to be part of it."
— Adam Scotti (@AdamScotti) August 20, 2016
Justin's chief photographer Adam Scotti shared a moving picture of Justin embracing Gord prior to showtime. The singer went public with his battle with terminal brain cancer in May, telling fans that he was "fighting hard." Saturday's concert was considered by many to be the band's final show.