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Whig Standard Editorial February 26 2008

Rob Baker's third encore

For more than two hours Saturday night, Tragically Hip guitarist Rob Baker rocked the new K-Rock Centre with his four bandmates.

The Kingston band played not one but two encores.

It was a show that would have been physically and emotionally exhausting for the beloved Canadian band.

They tore through fan favourites such as Courage, Ahead By a Century, Little Bones and Fiddler's Green.

Baker admits playing shows in Kingston is more nerve-wracking than playing anywhere else. When he looks into the audience, he sees friends, family and the diehard fans who have great expectations.

So, one might expect that Baker would be recuperating at home on Sunday, resting with his family, soaking up the praise Kingstonians would be bestowing on him for a job well done.

But, no.

On Sunday, just 15 hours after the show, Baker was at the K-Rock Centre to see the Kingston Frontenacs beat the Peterborough Petes 7-4.

Although the game was just the third event to be held at the new arena, following the opening night hockey game and the Hip concert, there were blocks of empty seats. Just 2,283 people turned out to fill the 5,700 seats.

Baker was there, not in a private box but sitting in the stands, near the Fronts bench, chewing on golden concession stand popcorn and chatting with fans who came up to shake his hand and pat him on the back for a good show.

Baker has been a vocal and longtime supporter of Kingston's new arena.

Rob Baker, the rock star, played two encores on Saturday night.

Rob Baker, the proud and supportive Kingstonian, showed up for a third on Sunday afternoon.

Now that's truly a job well done.