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Old 06-27-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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On Saturday night, I had the pleasure to attend the second of two consecutive evenings at a Gordon Lightfoot concert. This time I was accompanied by Anne from Livonia, MI, who some of you know from the Massey Hall shows. We were in the front row about 8 seats left of center, so we were right in front of Mike. Further to a previous concert, Anne had been warned that for the first, last and only time, I would be providing the “Over me” part of the end of Ribbon of Darkness . . . more on that later.

The audience was about the same size as the previous night in Chatham . . . about 1200 or so. However, the Chatham show was in a beautifully renovated movie theatre, this one was in an arena . . . not quite the same ambiance, but still enjoyable.

The set list was as follows:

Sweet Gueniviere
The Watchman
14 Karat Gold
Never Too Close
Waiting for You
A Painter Passing Through
Rainy Day People
Shadows
Beautiful
Carefree Highway

Introduction of the band

Hangdog Hotel Room
Ribbon of Darkness

As mentioned above, as this song ended, in as full of force as I could muster, I contributed my “Over Me”. The song ended to applause, Gord looked down and said something like “At this point I would like to borrow a quote from my friend Bruce Good. At a time like this, Bruce would say ‘As they say in Mexico . . . ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have a weener’”. I said to Anne, “Gordon Lightfoot either just called me a ‘weiner’, or a ‘winner’, with a heavy Spanish accent, I’m going to go with the latter”. Lovely lady that she is, Anne just smiled and nodded, keeping her interpretation of the comment to herself. Back to the show:

Sundown
Cotton Jenney

INTERMISSION

Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Early Morning Rain
Don Quixote
Clouds of Loneliness
Let It Ride
As Fine as Fine Could Be
If You Could Read my Mind
Restless
Baby Step Back
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Song for a Winter’s Night (ENCORE)

Lots of banter throughout the show. I swear he told every corny joke he ever has, plus one more. At one point, a guy in the audience (not me) yelled out “Why is the moon so pale?”. So Gord repeated the question and the punchline (Because it’s been out all night).
As well, he said a couple of times “We love the work” and introduced Waiting For You by saying it was written for “my second ex wife”. Which reminds me, the night before, in addition to the second ex wife comment, he added, “As Willie Nelson said, they’re not ex wives, they’re additional wives" . . . OUCH.

Brian
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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when he gets a reaction Gord sticks to the tried and true patter. One night last week aftert his 'weener' comment he shook his head, rubbed his forehead and said "I'm sorry, I'm sorry I said that..it's part of the show..".lol
Thanks for the report Brian!
I take it he didn't call the band "The Aggravations??"
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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Hey just glad to be part of the show!

No mention of the Aggravations. The band intro was pretty normal.

As mentioned before, the sound levels were really good. Not sure who's doing what, but they should keep doing it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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(buzzard quote)
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Which reminds me, the night before, in addition to the second ex wife comment, he added, “As Willie Nelson said, they’re not ex wives, they’re additional wives" . . . OUCH.
It could be that Willie Nelson is just being 'too nice'. I can understand why a public figure may not want to say anything against an ex, but it's not something I would say if I liked my current somebody. .....so, now let's everyone say it and look around, (just kiddin').

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Old 06-28-2012, 08:50 PM   #5
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Hey Brian.

Thanks for the cool write ups on the concerts.

That's beautiful country out there in Southwestern Ontario. I always loved traveling out that way, and ironically, unbeknownst to me, several of my relatives settled there years ago.

It's nice to hear you connected with Anne. I do recall her face with that beautiful beaming smile. Hard to forget.

Hope to see you (and Anne) at the Massey Shows in November.

Cheers,

RJ.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:05 AM   #6
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Hi Ron,

As Tommy Hunter always said, "Good Lord williin'", I will be at the last two of the November shows at Massey. I believe Anne will be at those, as well as the other two.

Looking forward to seeing (and hearing) you again at McVeigh's and Massey.

Brian
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:16 AM   #7
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Excellent Brian.

Yes, the wheels are a spinnin' for the pub jam at Mc Veigh's once again and all are welcome to come on board.

It will be great to see everyone and have a fun afternoon during the Massey Shows.

Cheers,

RJ.
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