Jake Gold figures he’s the happiest band manager in the land.
Thirty-four years after signing a ragamuffin band, based on listening to a demo tape and seeing them at one gig opening for a Rolling Stones clone band, Gold helped to build The Tragically Hip into what arguably became Canada’s most successful home-grown recording and touring ensemble. But then the romance went cold and he and The Hip had a parting of the ways.
Well, that all changed late last week.
The Hip, sidelined for the past four years with the death of Gord Downie, its charismatic frontman and chief lyricist, put out the word that they were in the market for a new manager to handle its sizeable and highly profitable IP assets. And Jake Gold was front of the line to place his hat in the ring.
After a lengthy Zoom conference call on June 5 with band members and the estate, papers were signed this past Monday (the 8th) and, Jake was on the phone Tuesday trumpeting the news to fellow Canadian managers and media (and, no doubt, longtime ally Bob Lefsetz).
“What’s really interesting is I that I managed them from 1986 to 2003 ––that’s seventeen years, followed by a 17-year separation,” he waxes over the phone.