Tragically Hip fans who have struggled to grab tickets to see the band live in concert can finally get some relief.
The band announced on Friday that the CBC will broadcast its Aug. 20 show in Kingston, Ont. live on TV, online and radio.
Ever since frontman Gord Downie's cancer diagnosis was revealed in May, tickets for what is likely the band's final tour have climbed into the thousands of dollars. Any normal-price tickets got quickly snatched up by bots.
Until now, legions of fans only had one option to see the band this summer: pay a scalper astronomically high prices for a ticket.
15 shows sold out
Tickets for the band's Man Machine Poem tour are sold out for 15 shows across Canada. Ticketmaster said that roughly 1.3 million fans tried to buy tickets during the public sale.
But now, thanks to the CBC and the band, fans without tickets — or thousands of dollars in extra cash — can watch the show on TV or even YouTube.
With files from The Canadian Press