Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip announced Tuesday that lead singer Gord Downie has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band made a statement on their website and released the news in a press release.
“Hello friends. We have some very tough news to share with you today, and we wish it wasn’t so,” the Tragically Hip wrote. “A few months ago, in December, Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Since then, obviously, he’s endured a lot of difficult times, and he has been fighting hard. In privacy along with his family, and through all of this, we’ve been standing by him.”
They then announced a tour: “So after 30-some years together as The Tragically Hip, thousands of shows, and hundreds of tours…We’ve decided to do another one,” the statement continued. “This feels like the right thing to do now, for Gord, and for all of us. What we in The Hip receive, each time we play together, is a connection; with each other; with music and it’s magic; and during the shows, a special connection with all of you, our incredible fans.”
The statement concludes: “So, we’re going to dig deep, and try to make this our best tour yet.”
The Tragically Hip will hold a press conference Tuesday morning at the Vaughan Estate where Downie’s neuro-oncologist will discuss his condition. The band’s 14th studio album, Man Machine Poem, which was announced in April, will be out June 17.