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Interview:
Gord Downie, Sadies collaboration was worth the wait
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Anyone who doubts that good things come to those who wait should talk to Gord Downie and the Sadies.

The two Canadian acts -- who first collaborated on a 2006 benefit album for the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers -- started work on the new "Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun" album seven years ago. Their schedules, including Downie's fronting the Tragically Hip, made it a "catch as catch can" endeavor, which was frustrating but also, Downie feels, helped make the project better.

"We'd meet up when we can and push the yardstick forward and come away with a song and a half and then wait 'til the next time we could get together," recalls Downie, ??. "With the amount of time we spent on this you'd expect 'Dark Side of the Moon 2' or something, but it is what it is, and we're all very happy with it.

"I mean, I don't think we'd release it if the songs sounded like they were seven or eight years old and didn't hold up. But we all think they do."

Downie says he and the Sadies would like to maintain the association as a going concern. But given their continuing other commitments he doesn't want to make any predictions about when they'll finish a second album.

"I think we will do one, but right now we're just going to enjoy playing together," Downie, 50, says. "We have a real shorthand that's unique, so I think we'll be that type of band that can pick it back up and parachute in as need be if someone wants us for something.

"That was sort of part of it when we started, that we could create something we can do the rest of our lives when the feeling arises or when the offer is right. I'm confident you'll be hearing about us more than just this once."

Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun with Doug Paisley perform Sunday, May 11, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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