(Toronto) When the little red recording light went on at Hollywood’s famed Roxy Theater, the pressure was immense on Tragically Hip’s shoulders to put on a great show, guitarist Paul Langlois recalls.

It didn’t take long before that nervousness gave way to fun, Langlois says, as the band’s lead singer, Gord Downie, began punctuating the pieces with off-the-cuff musings.

The show, recorded live on May 3, 1991, will be released on digital platforms as a separate album, as well as on vinyl and CD, on June 24, after being re-mastered for the Road Apples box set released last year for the band’s 30th anniversary. of Kingston, Ontario.

This show at the Roxy Theater has become a coveted item for collectors over the decades, both because of its legendary venue on the “Sunset Strip” and Downie’s highly inspired improvisations that night, Langlois said.

“As soon as we started, we kind of forgot it was being taped,” Langlois said over the phone, ahead of Thursday’s announcement. “It was carefree, but intense and festive. »

The show, which was originally recorded for a radio show, consists solely of the band’s early “rock hits,” Langlois said, including Little Bones, Long Time Running and Cordelia.

The album also contains the legendary nine-minute rendition of New Orleans Is Sinking, which had given rise to a lot of improvisation that night from Downie, and musicians trying to keep up with him, Langlois recalls.

She Didn’t Know, taken from this new album Live at the Roxy, has been available since Thursday for sale or listening on digital platforms.



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