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Old 08-15-2002, 01:47 AM   #1
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For those of you who also read the alt.music.lightfoot newsgroup, I apologize for the repetition! But here is my report from tonight's concert:

Good evening all!

As I think I've mentioned before, on the Cowboy Junkies' website, they talk
about the Mountain Winery, and say that if they were ever offered a permanent
gig, they'd like it to be there. And you can see why--it's on the top of the
hill, with a spectacular view of the south bay area, it's a lovely facility
with a really nice outdoor stage and seating area.

The weather can get chilly up there, but it was very comfortable all night.
One lovely thing was to hear the crickets chirping during quiet songs like
"Restless," or during the break in the last line of CRT.

A couple of people have talked about the new sound system they are using-- and
it really is beautiful. It adds so much depth and clarity. It appeared they
were using the house speakers and not their own, but even then, it sounded
terrific.

I think a few people have mentioned this too--the arrangements have been
changed slightly. Nothing dramatic, but certain sections have a bit more
punchiness to them (the chorus of "Drifters" is a good example), where they
emphasize the on-beat, and then leave a lot of musical "air." This, coupled
with the clarity of the sound, really adds another dimension. I went with my
bandmates and one of them asked me if all his songs were that densely
textured...so it wasn't just me who was hearing it.

Speaking of my bandmates, we managed to find Roy Entin, and exhange some
pleasantries with him--I'm hoping Roy and I can jam soon! Always a pleasure to
see him! And my bandmates were actually reasonably civilized towards him too!
Who'd-a-thunk it?

Anyway, here is the set list from tonight's performance, GL in a dark blue
Hawaiian-patterned shirt and jeans:

1. Triangle
At this point, asking people to come on in (it was a late-arriving crowd), he
said "We're gonna be here awhile. Well, maybe not as long as a show by The
Boss, but still..."
2. All the Lovely Ladies
3. Drifters
4. Let it Ride
5. I'll Prove My Love
6. A Painter Passing Through
7. Baby Step Back
8. The Watchman's Gone
9/10 Ribbon of Darkness, straight into Sundown
11. Sit Down Young Stranger
12. Beautiful
13. Carefree Highway
14. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzerald

For the second set, GL was in the black t-shirt and jeans, and opened with...
1. Never Too Close
2. Waiting For You
3. Rainy Day People
4. Ring Them Bells
5. If You Could Read My Mind
6. Don Quixote
7. Early Morning Rain
at this point the band was introduced
8. Restless (under the stars, the half moon, and hearing the crickets
chirping...well, it doesn't get much more magical than that)
9. Blackberry Wine
10. Old Dan's Records
11. Canadian Railroad Trilogy

A standing ovation ensued, followed by:
encore: Cold on the Shoulder.

GL, while perhaps not as talkative as I've seen him other times, was clearly
having a good time. With the additional clarity from the sound system, the
interplay between his guitar and Terry C's (who played beautifully all night)
was very easy to hear and enjoy--in addition, the sound of the drums was great.


It was a lovely, fun show, which, as always, ended far too soon. I hope they
come back to the Mountain Winery too--it's a particularly wonderful venue for a
Gordon Lightfoot concert.

I'll report from Jackson in a few days!
Derek

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Old 08-15-2002, 01:47 AM   #2
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For those of you who also read the alt.music.lightfoot newsgroup, I apologize for the repetition! But here is my report from tonight's concert:

Good evening all!

As I think I've mentioned before, on the Cowboy Junkies' website, they talk
about the Mountain Winery, and say that if they were ever offered a permanent
gig, they'd like it to be there. And you can see why--it's on the top of the
hill, with a spectacular view of the south bay area, it's a lovely facility
with a really nice outdoor stage and seating area.

The weather can get chilly up there, but it was very comfortable all night.
One lovely thing was to hear the crickets chirping during quiet songs like
"Restless," or during the break in the last line of CRT.

A couple of people have talked about the new sound system they are using-- and
it really is beautiful. It adds so much depth and clarity. It appeared they
were using the house speakers and not their own, but even then, it sounded
terrific.

I think a few people have mentioned this too--the arrangements have been
changed slightly. Nothing dramatic, but certain sections have a bit more
punchiness to them (the chorus of "Drifters" is a good example), where they
emphasize the on-beat, and then leave a lot of musical "air." This, coupled
with the clarity of the sound, really adds another dimension. I went with my
bandmates and one of them asked me if all his songs were that densely
textured...so it wasn't just me who was hearing it.

Speaking of my bandmates, we managed to find Roy Entin, and exhange some
pleasantries with him--I'm hoping Roy and I can jam soon! Always a pleasure to
see him! And my bandmates were actually reasonably civilized towards him too!
Who'd-a-thunk it?

Anyway, here is the set list from tonight's performance, GL in a dark blue
Hawaiian-patterned shirt and jeans:

1. Triangle
At this point, asking people to come on in (it was a late-arriving crowd), he
said "We're gonna be here awhile. Well, maybe not as long as a show by The
Boss, but still..."
2. All the Lovely Ladies
3. Drifters
4. Let it Ride
5. I'll Prove My Love
6. A Painter Passing Through
7. Baby Step Back
8. The Watchman's Gone
9/10 Ribbon of Darkness, straight into Sundown
11. Sit Down Young Stranger
12. Beautiful
13. Carefree Highway
14. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzerald

For the second set, GL was in the black t-shirt and jeans, and opened with...
1. Never Too Close
2. Waiting For You
3. Rainy Day People
4. Ring Them Bells
5. If You Could Read My Mind
6. Don Quixote
7. Early Morning Rain
at this point the band was introduced
8. Restless (under the stars, the half moon, and hearing the crickets
chirping...well, it doesn't get much more magical than that)
9. Blackberry Wine
10. Old Dan's Records
11. Canadian Railroad Trilogy

A standing ovation ensued, followed by:
encore: Cold on the Shoulder.

GL, while perhaps not as talkative as I've seen him other times, was clearly
having a good time. With the additional clarity from the sound system, the
interplay between his guitar and Terry C's (who played beautifully all night)
was very easy to hear and enjoy--in addition, the sound of the drums was great.


It was a lovely, fun show, which, as always, ended far too soon. I hope they
come back to the Mountain Winery too--it's a particularly wonderful venue for a
Gordon Lightfoot concert.

I'll report from Jackson in a few days!
Derek

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Old 08-15-2002, 08:35 AM   #3
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by TheWatchman:
[B]I always assumed that they used the house system wherever they played. I also thought that GL used the house soundguy. Does GL have his own sound tech?

They have their own sound system. As far as I can tell, they always use their own sound board and related equipment. Which speakers they use (theirs or the house's) is probably determined by the contract. There is a soundtech, though I would imagine they always work closely with the house soundtech in order to get the optimal mix and balance.
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Old 08-15-2002, 08:35 AM   #4
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by TheWatchman:
[B]I always assumed that they used the house system wherever they played. I also thought that GL used the house soundguy. Does GL have his own sound tech?

They have their own sound system. As far as I can tell, they always use their own sound board and related equipment. Which speakers they use (theirs or the house's) is probably determined by the contract. There is a soundtech, though I would imagine they always work closely with the house soundtech in order to get the optimal mix and balance.
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Old 08-15-2002, 03:10 PM   #5
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Last year I had SRO tickets to Gordon's concert in Princeton, and had the pleasure of standing next to Gordon's sound guy. Yes, he brings his own sound tech, who by the way is a very nice guy!
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Old 08-15-2002, 03:10 PM   #6
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Last year I had SRO tickets to Gordon's concert in Princeton, and had the pleasure of standing next to Gordon's sound guy. Yes, he brings his own sound tech, who by the way is a very nice guy!
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Old 08-18-2002, 12:48 PM   #7
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Isn't Gordon's sound guy Bob Doidge?
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Old 08-18-2002, 12:48 PM   #8
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Isn't Gordon's sound guy Bob Doidge?
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Old 08-18-2002, 03:05 PM   #9
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I may be wrong, but I believe that Bob Doidge
is something like a recording engineer and that he was involved with the recording of APPT. I don't think he is invoved with Gord's concerts.
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Old 08-19-2002, 05:50 PM   #10
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quote:Originally posted by Rebecca:
I may be wrong, but I believe that Bob Doidge
is something like a recording engineer and that he was involved with the recording of APPT. I don't think he is invoved with Gord's concerts.
Rebecca


You're not wrong! He's a recording engineer and producer based at Grant Avenue studios in Toronto. He engineered and co-produced APPT. But he's definitely not part of the road crew.
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Old 08-19-2002, 05:50 PM   #11
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quote:Originally posted by Rebecca:
I may be wrong, but I believe that Bob Doidge
is something like a recording engineer and that he was involved with the recording of APPT. I don't think he is invoved with Gord's concerts.
Rebecca


You're not wrong! He's a recording engineer and producer based at Grant Avenue studios in Toronto. He engineered and co-produced APPT. But he's definitely not part of the road crew.
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Old 08-20-2002, 03:26 AM   #12
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Thank you for clearing that up for me. Next stop, 2 nights in Orilla to see the man (Gordon not Bob.)1 night in Stratford to see, who else? Gordon. Looking forward to it.
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Thank you for clearing that up for me. Next stop, 2 nights in Orilla to see the man (Gordon not Bob.)1 night in Stratford to see, who else? Gordon. Looking forward to it.
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Old 08-20-2002, 11:10 PM   #14
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quote:Originally posted by wattsdmatter:
Thank you for clearing that up for me. Next stop, 2 nights in Orilla to see the man (Gordon not Bob.)1 night in Stratford to see, who else? Gordon. Looking forward to it.

Awesome! We want a full report! By the way, I saw the show in Jackson, CA. This was the last night of the current tour. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a pen. (Ooops!). But here is the setlist...not in order (unless my memory is a lot better than I give it credit for), but close. I don't think I missed anything--at least I hope not!

Sea of Tranquility
14 Karat Gold
Never Too Close
Beautiful
Let it Ride
Waiting For You (there was a fun moment here when he walked away from the mic
during one of the instrumental breaks, looked down and said "there's really
nothing to this!")
Rainy Day People (another nice moment: as TC played his solo, GL took a couple
of steps toward him and said "whoa!")
Baby Step Back
The Watchman's Gone
Ribbon of Darkness/Sundown
Carefree Highway
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Painter Passing Through
If You Could Read My Mind
Don Quixote
Blackberry Wine
Early Morning Rain
Restless
Old Dan's Records
encore: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

The venue itself was spectacular--I'd definitely go back there again. Very nice theatre (maybe about 2,000 would be my guess), and it was filled. Also a wonderfully enthusastic crowd. GL and the guys were just right ON--there's no other way to describe it. Every song was nailed to the wall. Normally, I find it just a little hard to get into the "casino" shows (i.e., the "one-setters."). It's just a personal thing--I just seem to get into the flow of things better when it's a two-set-with-intermission show. But not this time! From the get-go to the very end, it was a magical night.
Derek
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Old 08-20-2002, 11:10 PM   #15
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quote:Originally posted by wattsdmatter:
Thank you for clearing that up for me. Next stop, 2 nights in Orilla to see the man (Gordon not Bob.)1 night in Stratford to see, who else? Gordon. Looking forward to it.

Awesome! We want a full report! By the way, I saw the show in Jackson, CA. This was the last night of the current tour. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a pen. (Ooops!). But here is the setlist...not in order (unless my memory is a lot better than I give it credit for), but close. I don't think I missed anything--at least I hope not!

Sea of Tranquility
14 Karat Gold
Never Too Close
Beautiful
Let it Ride
Waiting For You (there was a fun moment here when he walked away from the mic
during one of the instrumental breaks, looked down and said "there's really
nothing to this!")
Rainy Day People (another nice moment: as TC played his solo, GL took a couple
of steps toward him and said "whoa!")
Baby Step Back
The Watchman's Gone
Ribbon of Darkness/Sundown
Carefree Highway
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Painter Passing Through
If You Could Read My Mind
Don Quixote
Blackberry Wine
Early Morning Rain
Restless
Old Dan's Records
encore: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

The venue itself was spectacular--I'd definitely go back there again. Very nice theatre (maybe about 2,000 would be my guess), and it was filled. Also a wonderfully enthusastic crowd. GL and the guys were just right ON--there's no other way to describe it. Every song was nailed to the wall. Normally, I find it just a little hard to get into the "casino" shows (i.e., the "one-setters."). It's just a personal thing--I just seem to get into the flow of things better when it's a two-set-with-intermission show. But not this time! From the get-go to the very end, it was a magical night.
Derek
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I last saw Gordon in Milwaukee in April 2001 2 nights running, and sadly never took notebook nor pen. However I remember 2 new songs, the much mentioned "No Hotel". For the life of me I cannot recall the title of the other one, I only recall that it had a fingerpicked accompaniment, and was a beautiful song. I will definetly be making notes this time round.
Slight subject change. I recently ordered ODR & DSR from Amazon.uk and received, would you believe, 2 copies of ODR. Is it really that hard to get it right?
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I last saw Gordon in Milwaukee in April 2001 2 nights running, and sadly never took notebook nor pen. However I remember 2 new songs, the much mentioned "No Hotel". For the life of me I cannot recall the title of the other one, I only recall that it had a fingerpicked accompaniment, and was a beautiful song. I will definetly be making notes this time round.
Slight subject change. I recently ordered ODR & DSR from Amazon.uk and received, would you believe, 2 copies of ODR. Is it really that hard to get it right?
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quote:Originally posted by wattsdmatter:
I last saw Gordon in Milwaukee in April 2001 2 nights running, and sadly never took notebook nor pen. However I remember 2 new songs, the much mentioned "No Hotel". For the life of me I cannot recall the title of the other one, I only recall that it had a fingerpicked accompaniment, and was a beautiful song.

The new one was either Shellfish or Night Time: if the song you heard mentioned "Pokemon," it was Night Time...if not, it was Shellfish!
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quote:Originally posted by wattsdmatter:
I last saw Gordon in Milwaukee in April 2001 2 nights running, and sadly never took notebook nor pen. However I remember 2 new songs, the much mentioned "No Hotel". For the life of me I cannot recall the title of the other one, I only recall that it had a fingerpicked accompaniment, and was a beautiful song.

The new one was either Shellfish or Night Time: if the song you heard mentioned "Pokemon," it was Night Time...if not, it was Shellfish!
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Thank you Telekid, I suspect it was 'Night Time'I do not recall hearing the word 'Pokemon'. However I feel I would have rememberd a title like 'Shellfish'
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Thank you Telekid, I suspect it was 'Night Time'I do not recall hearing the word 'Pokemon'. However I feel I would have rememberd a title like 'Shellfish'
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Thanks, Derek. It sounds as tough it was an awesome concert.
Rebecca


quote:Originally posted by telekidd:
Awesome! We want a full report! By the way, I saw the show in Jackson, CA. This was the last night of the current tour. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a pen. (Ooops!). But here is the setlist...not in order (unless my memory is a lot better than I give it credit for), but close. I don't think I missed anything--at least I hope not!

Sea of Tranquility
14 Karat Gold
Never Too Close
Beautiful
Let it Ride
Waiting For You (there was a fun moment here when he walked away from the mic
during one of the instrumental breaks, looked down and said "there's really
nothing to this!")
Rainy Day People (another nice moment: as TC played his solo, GL took a couple
of steps toward him and said "whoa!")
Baby Step Back
The Watchman's Gone
Ribbon of Darkness/Sundown
Carefree Highway
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Painter Passing Through
If You Could Read My Mind
Don Quixote
Blackberry Wine
Early Morning Rain
Restless
Old Dan's Records
encore: Canadian Railroad Trilogy

The venue itself was spectacular--I'd definitely go back there again. Very nice theatre (maybe about 2,000 would be my guess), and it was filled. Also a wonderfully enthusastic crowd. GL and the guys were just right ON--there's no other way to describe it. Every song was nailed to the wall. Normally, I find it just a little hard to get into the "casino" shows (i.e., the "one-setters."). It's just a personal thing--I just seem to get into the flow of things better when it's a two-set-with-intermission show. But not this time! From the get-go to the very end, it was a magical night.
Derek


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