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Old 06-19-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Lightfoot rejects label of a legend

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:12 am | Updated: 7:24 am, Thu Jun 19, 2014.
Tom Weber, weber@postbulletin.com

All this talk about about Gordon Lightfoot being one of the legends of popular music? As far as he's concerned, you can toss it out the window of a tour bus.

"This whole thing of legendary status, I don't look at it that way," Lightfoot said on the phone from his Toronto home. "Basically, all I want to do is make sure my guitar is tuned before I get on stage."

That's typical Canadian modesty from Lightfoot. But the testimonials from younger artists who cite him as a major influence, not to mention endorsements from the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, speak volumes about his status as a legend.

Lightfoot, 75, is on the road this year, criss-crossing Canada and the U.S. on a concert tour that brings him to Rochester on Sunday for a show at Mayo Civic Center.

Audiences can expect to hear a good sampling of Lightfoot's best-known songs, which include "Beautiful," "Sundown," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Carefree Highway," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Early Morning Rain."

And that just scratches the surface of his incredibly deep catalog of great songs.

"We don't miss any of the standards," Lightfoot said of his concert repertoire. "About half the show is standards. The other half is in a constant state of rotation. I've boiled it all down to about 40 songs that have really stood the test of time."

After years of playing these songs, Lightfoot doesn't mess with the successful arrangements. "I might vary the phrasing a little bit," he said, and added with a chuckle, "I wrote this stuff like it was supposed to stay written."

But "this stuff," his life's work, continues to draw out memories of times and places in the past. "Do I get tired of singing them? No," he said.

Lightfoot's songs often tell of romance and heartbreak.

"Some of what you write about, you hope it doesn't happen to you, but still it does," said Lightfoot, who has been married and divorced twice. "I draw from personal experience in an unconscious way. It's all there, and it comes forth and attaches itself to the songs."

Those songs, with their gentle melodies and insightful lyrics, continue to exert a strong pull on audiences and fellow artists. Neil Young has been playing Lightfoot songs in recent concerts and recorded two of them "Early Morning Rain" and "If You Could Read My Mind" on his most recent album. Other artists cite Lightfoot as a major influence.

"I don't quite see it that way," Lightfoot said. "I look at Dylan. Now, he would be a huge influence. My influence would be just a small part. Neil Young, I see him as a giant of the industry. I'm honored by it, absolutely."

As for his own influences, near the top of Lightfoot's list is Dylan. The two shared the same manager, Albert Grossman, in the late '60s.

"When I would listen to Bob Dylan songs, I would say, 'If he can write a song like that...' So I sat down a couple of weeks later and wrote 'Early Morning Rain,' and I knew it came from listening to him."

After a couple of major health scares in the past 12 years, Lightfoot said he's feeling fine these days. "I'm even thinking about getting married again," he said.

If you go

What: Gordon Lightfoot

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Mayo Civic Center, 30 Civic Center Drive S.E., Rochester

Tickets: $54.50, $44.50, at the civic center box office (no service fees) and through Ticketmaster online, by phone at 800-745-3000 and at Rochester Walmart shows
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After a couple of major health scares in the past 12 years, Lightfoot said he's feeling fine these days. "I'm even thinking about getting married again," he said.
I wonder what Kim thinks about that statement?
After a very public acknowledgement that she IS his affianced and the initial statement of getting married in a matter of weeks I would have thought he was more than just "thinking about it" or perhaps he has yet to get down on his knees?
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Old 06-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #3
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RICK: .and so begins our day in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Civic Center. It's is our 3rd time here (last 2007) in this downtown complex.
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Old 06-22-2014, 11:39 PM   #4
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SETLIST:
The Watchman's Gone
Waiting for You
All the Lovely Ladies
Never Too Close
A Painter Passing Through
I'd Rather Press On
Rainy Day People
Beautiful
Shadows
Let It Ride
Carefree Highway
Cotton Jenny
Ribbon of Darkness
Sundown

BREAK

Drink Yer Glasses Empty
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Drifters
14 Karat Gold
Make Way for the Lady
Wild Strawberries
Clouds of Loneliness
If You Could Read My Mind
Restless
Baby Step Back
Early Morning Rain
Song for a Winter's Night
Now and Then
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:05 AM   #5
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Great job and thanks to the person posting the set list.

Gord was in his red jacket, black slacks, and white cowboy boots to start. Second set was the blue jacket with black boots.

The highlight was the flawless "Drink Yer Glasses Empty" -especially so with rising tensions in the Middle East, although he did not make any reference to it.

The lowlight was a series of weaker songs, Drifters, 14 Karat Gold, Make Way For the Lady, Wild Strawberries and Clouds of Loneliness that clearly were largely unknown by the audience. Gord would do far better getting rid of "strawberries" and "loneliness" and replace with Bitter Green, Minstrel of the Dawn, inspiration Lady, If You Need Me, Fine as Fine Can Be, In My Fashion, I'll Do Anything, Morning Glory, etc

Ok - don't flame. I just think strawberries and clouds are not great sings. I am even tired of Never Too Close. And Painter, a great song, is not a great concert sound due to the vocal demands of it.

Thanks for an enjoyable weekend and thanks for the memories. John
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:37 AM   #6
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Rick: Earlier this evening at Presentation Hall at the Mayo Civic Center, Gord and Mike performing "Drink Yer Glasses Empty" to open the second half - cool song, and timely. Great audience tonite, and no one got tazered like last nite - an over "enthusiastic" guy came up the stage right after the show, drink in hand. First he ran into Carter (who was putting his axes away), then, Warren, who tactfully explained that he was NOT walking in to Gord's dressing room. Casino security got involved, and finally called in a COP, who got pushed by this cat who ended up getting tazered and spoiling his weekend for himself!!
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I actually appreciate that Gord throws many more obscure songs into his setlist. Most acts I see these days just "stick to the hits" and play the same songs over and over, year after year, so I stop going to see them. Gord makes the show worth going to see by keeping the setlists fresh and changing. Now if only he'd do something about the too-low sound volumes ...
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Old 06-23-2014, 02:07 PM   #8
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RICK: .and so begins our day in Rochester, MN at the Mayo Civic Center. It's is our 3rd time here (last 2007) in this downtown complex.
I love that backstage pic of the drums, etc. ready for setup. Thanks!
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