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Old 04-14-2010, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default PETERBOROUGH-April 13, 2010

Gordon Lightfoot
Peterborough Memorial Centre-Peterborough, Ontario
Tuesday April 13, 2010

Peterborough is in an area east of Toronto, approximately 2 hours from the downtown core and one hour from where I live. This is one of Ontario’s beautiful cottage areas known as The Kawarthas. Gentle rolling hills, farm fields and forested areas as well as some beautiful lakes make the drive there relaxing and perfect for heading to a concert where there will be songs invoking the beauty of the Canadian countryside.

The Memorial Centre is a hockey rink where the Peterborough Petes have played their home games since 1956. They are a team in the OHL (Ontario Hockey League). They are the farm team for the Montreal Canadiens. Peterborough has become recognized globally as being a “Junior Hockey Factory”. It has produced a record number of National Hockey League players such as Zach Bogosian, Eric and Jordan Staal, Chris Pronger, Steve Yzerman (Coach of Canadian 2010 Gold Medal team!), Bob Gainey, Mike Ricci, Tie Domi, and coaches/managers with the likes of Scotty Bowman, Roger Neilson, Mike Keenan, Gary Green, and Dick Todd. Dick recorded 500 career victories faster than any other coach in Major Junior A hockey, accomplishing the milestone in just 813 games. They have graduated a record number of players to the National Hockey League, (150+), more than any other junior hockey team in the world. The Memorial Cup is the pinnacle of success in junior hockey and no one has reached it more often than the Peterborough Petes.

Ronnie Hawkins was there with his wife Wanda and son Ronnie Jr. He lives in Peterborough and has lived in Canada since the late 50's. My aisle seat was on the floor about 10 feet from the boards where the team bench was and where Ronnie was sitting. Chairs were placed on the floor in front of the bench for them and Mr. B. Fiedler. I had a few moments to say hi to Mr. Fiedler and Ronnie. They sat about 15 feet from me but not in the rows where the rest of the seats were.
I’d estimate the head count at about 2500 to 2800. Capacity is about 3200 for concerts.
The sound system was great and Gord’s vocals, raspiness and breathiness included were well amplified.


1. Triangle
2. Did She Mention My Name
3. 14 Karat Gold
4. Never Too Close
5. Let It Ride – he garbled a few lyrics and was a bit raspy.
Band Intro
6. A Painter Passing Through
7. Rainy Day People
8. Shadows
9. Beautiful
10. Carefree highway
11. Cotton Jenney
12. Ribbon of Darkness
13. Sundown
14. Hangdog Hotel Room – a false start. Introduced it as a song he wrote after hanging with Ronnie and his friends.
15. Alberta Bound


16. The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald – a bit of a kerfuffle over the lyrics.
17. Ringneck Loon – a song about Loon Love, for the love of a loon.
18. Don Quixote
19. Fine as Fine Can Be
20. Home From The Forest – he said Ronnie Hawkins, wife Wanda and Ronnie Jr. were there. He said,” Ronnie was the kindest and most generous person I know and that Ronnie helped so many in the business over the years, including me.” “Ronnie covered one of my songs a long time ago and it made the charts. I’d like to do this one for Ronnie.”
21. Make Way For The Lady
22. If You Could Read My Mind
23. Baby Step Back
24. Restless
25. If Children Had Wings
26. Canadian Railroad Trilogy – he picked up the wrong 12 string, put it down and got the other one. He was raspy and breathy, struggling for parts of it.


27. Song For A Winter’s Night
28. Blackberry Wine

Of 28 songs I would say he had problems at times during 4 or 5, the most noticeable one being CRT.
As always he sang IYCRMM beautifully with the nuances in his voice of today revealing more about the pain of heartbreak and lost love than the lyrics ever could on their own.
I can’t remember when I last heard Home From The Forest. I checked Wayne’s site – but couldn’t find it.. If someone knows please let us know.

It was lovely, one of my favourite tunes and was even more-so with his long time friend listening in. Ronnie seemed quite pleased and I’m sure he was touched with the dedication.

Arkansas born Ronnie was rockin’ Toronto with a young Robbie Robertson, Levon Helms, Richard Manuel, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson back in the late 50’s and still pulling in the crowds when Lightfoot and his peers were doing the folk thing back in the 60’s. Ronnie’s band “The Hawks” went on to tour with Dylan and were known as “The Band.” and has bio and pics etc. It’s worth a look!
Ronnie did The MoonWalk (called CamelWalk back then) decades before Michael Jackson ever thought about it although Ronnie wasn’t the first tho. YouTube- Ronnie Hawkins doing the Moonwalk
other Hawkins videos are at YouTube.
Ronnie headed out of the area where the meet and greet was but we ran into him as we left the building. He was outside having a smoke with a few guys. I said HI again, asked him how he was doing and told him he looked great. He flashed that devilish little smile and said he was feeling good. He's still got that Arkansas 'thang' when he talks..and that southern charm.

Home From The Forest video:

having trouble posting videos..brb..

pics- not the greatest..
I love the good old boy from Arkansas sititing in a small town Ontario town at the local hockey rink with the two adverts for iconic canadian stores signs behind him- Canadian Tire stores and Tim Hortons coffee, while listening to THE Canadian musical icon and legend Gordon Lightfoot! LOVE it!!!
Ronnie listening to Gord, Gord onstage, backstage.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:34 PM   #2
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hi, young strangers (ok, mostly old! )

cool beans, are on tour with the show these days, what a trooper

HFTF, now that is what i mean by surprises! (hey, mistymoppens, i am sure you wouldnt object to this sort of surprise)

thx for the review, wonderful stuff...give my best to the Hammer, char

and thanks for the insights, kate..wonder why HFTF is especially meaningful to Ingrid
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:40 PM   #3
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Jeez talk about bad timing! I had to be in Peterborough a couple of weeks ago on family business, ironically my aunt and uncle live 4 blocks away from the arena.

Thanks for the review etc, I think I would have been shocked at hearing HFTF! I've been looking at the setlists here the last few months and basically they haven't changed much.

Did you have a chance to ask GL if he's had any problems with his breathing? It's not like you to mention them, so it must have been painfully obvious.

From the other Gord!
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:26 AM   #4
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Wow, HFTF! I love that one. Gord is surprising us all by switching things up once in a while. Great news!
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Old 04-15-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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Peterborough Newspaper review:
Intimate performance by painter passing through

For an old fella, Gordon Lightfoot certainly attracts all kinds. During his performance Tuesday night at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, he received many a hoot, holler and cheer, and even a few "we love you, Gordie" shouts from both men and women alike.

Backed by his four-piece band, he played an ambitious two sets that saw him covering more than 25 songs from the course of his 50-plus years of singing and songwriting.

The last time Gordon Lightfoot played in Peterborough was a special appearance at a flood relief benefit concert at the Memorial Centre. That date was doubly significant in that it was only his second public performance after a two-year recuperation from a month-long coma and tracheotomy procedure in 2002 as a result of a near-fatal abdominal aneurysym.

Now, six years later, he once again brought relief by proving he is, in fact, alive and well, something that was in question only two months ago.

Two songs into his first set, he paused to quote Mark Twain and reassure the audience that "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated," referring to the February morning when an anonymous prank led to media outlets announcing that Lightfoot had died. Lightfoot himself heard the news on the radio while in the dentist chair and phoned a radio station to clarify his status.

The evening provided a bounty of Lightfoot classics, from Cotton Jenny and Ribbon of Darkness to Sundown and Home from the Forest,the latter specially dedicated to Ronnie Hawkins, who himself got a cheer when he entered the venue.

Though Lightfoot was fairly quiet between songs in the opening set, the banter warmed up as his voice did and he offered songs from almost every decade of his career, including the crowd favourites,The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and If You Could Read My Mind.He closed with Carefree Highway and Blackberry Wine as an encore.

It was an intimate concert, that at times, seemed too intimate for both the size of the venue and the audience members. Maybe it was the nostalgia that had many chatting and talking throughout the performances as if they were sitting in their kitchens listening to a friend strumming away in the living room.

Maybe it was the latecomers stumbling up the stairs or the sudden glare of arena billboard lighting over section C8 that burst on and remained on for much of the first set.

And though the sound didn't seem to fill the far reaches of the venue, that was most likely due to the frailty of Lightfoot's voice.

But as Lightfoot chose songs about nature, finding love, the Canadian landscape and then losing love again, the message came through loud and clear that Lightfoot rightfully owns his place as an international troubadour.

He said it all when he sang A Painter Passing Through,a song he wrote and released in 1998.
"Once upon a time, once upon a day when
I was in my prime, once along the way
If you want to know my secret don't come runnin' after me
For I am just a painter passing through in history."

He finishes this portion of his Canadian tour in Hamilton and London this week but returns to play in his hometown, Orillia, on July 11, at the Mariposa Folk Festival.

Pat Maitland is a Peterborough writer who spent part of her career at Alert Records and has written CD reviews and musician profiles for CD International Magazine.
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Home From The Forest. Peterborough,Ont.Apr.13,2010
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kerfuffle. Gord uses this word once in a while. Several Americans up for Massey in Nov.2009 did not know what it meant. (there had been a problem with the subway just prior to the concert one night and there were some latecomers. Gord wondered if it was th 'kerfuffle' with the subway.) In P'boro he said there was a 'kerfuffle' about the lyrics in The Wreck)
this was in the paper today..made me laff.
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I must admit this performance made me tear up. Great job Gord and band. Thanks for posting that.
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