Tragically Hip is playing a show at the Babcock Theatre Dec. 3.
Reserved seat tickets go on sale at noon Friday for the all-ages show. They are $39.50.
For their 13th studio album “Now for Plan A,” due to be released in October, The Tragically Hip have shaken up their sound, asking producer Gavin Brown to step into the shoes of Bob Rock, who produced their last two albums.
“They’re both very musical and enthusiastic, but their personalities are very different. Gavin has a big personality — he walks into a room and you know it,” guitarist Paul Langlois said in a recent interview. “We needed a change, something new and exciting, and a lot of times that’s a change of producer and a change of studio. None of us are going anywhere so we can’t change any of us.”
That change breathes a new sense of urgency into their new album, a raw and rocking outing that adds yet another chapter into the legendary Canadian rock group’s 30-plus year career. Formed in 1983 in Kingston, Ontario, The Tragically Hip came together with childhood friends Langois, Gordon Downie (vocals), Bobby Baker (guitar), Gord Sinclair (bass), and Johnny Fay (drums) focusing on making a name for themselves in the local scene during the mid-'80s.
An intense live act that seeks to build a rapport with its legions of loyal fans, the Hip have become an institution in Canada, where nine of their albums have reached No. 1. They have also received numerous Canadian Music awards, including 14 Juno Awards. They headlined this summer’s Squalmish Festival in Vancouver and continue to tour heavily worldwide behind their distinctive pop/rock sound.