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Tragically Hip adds more seats to Canadian tour by adjusting stage design

FILE PHOTO - Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip performs as one of the opening acts to the Rolling Stones concert in Moncton, N.B. on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. Tragically Hip fans will have another chance to grab seats for this summer's hottest ticket. The band posted a message on its Facebook page saying that changes to the stage design have provided more audience space, allowing organizers to let additional concert-goers attend the sold-out shows.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
June 14, 2016 - 7:00 AM

TORONTO - Tragically Hip fans left disheartened by the recent summer tour sellout will have another chance to get tickets on Tuesday.

The band posted a message on its Facebook page saying that changes to the stage design will allow organizers to let additional concertgoers attend the sold-out shows.

A new block of tickets will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time for each concert venue, they said.

Each customer will only be allowed to purchase two tickets, though the band did not say how many will be released to the public.

The "Man Machine Poem Tour" is widely expected to be the final one for the iconic Canadian band, given lead singer Gord Downie's battle with incurable brain cancer.

That created a rush of people trying to grab a limited number of seats earlier this month.

Ticketmaster told The Canadian Press about 1.3 million Tragically Hip fans attempted to purchase tickets during the public sale. Only several hundred thousand seats were available to accommodate them at numerous venues across the country.

Many fans were furious when the tickets to the 15-show tour sold out almost as quickly as they went on sale, but then began to turn up on secondary websites like StubHub at marked-up prices.

Members of the Hip also seemed to be displeased with how the initial sale went.

Guitarist Rob Baker responded to a fan on Twitter at the time saying that they were "sad and concerned" about the sellout.

"We make every effort to make sure it is fair — much beyond our control," he tweeted. "We want fans rather than the connected."

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