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Old 10-14-2009, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Butte Montana concert, Sunday Oct 11

I didn't attend this concert but found this article from Butte's newspaper, it does not seem very kind.

Lightfoot light-voiced, but classic
By Tim Trainor - 10/13/2009 Sunday's sold out show at the Mother Lode Theatre in Butte featured Gordon Lightfoot, but his monotone baritone was nowhere to be found.
It was a stripped-down, whispery sound from Lightfoot, 70, who nearly had to relearn how to sing after suffering a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm seven years ago, which put him in a six-week coma and required a tracheotomy for him to survive.
It was the kind of event that knocks a man out of show business, but in less than a year he was once again playing music, even recording an album in 2004.
The start of Sunday's show was startling: Lightfoot walked stiffly to the microphone, looking old and gaunt, wearing cowboy boots and sporting a mullet haircut.
During the opening number his voice broke once or twice, and disappeared completely at times, as he struggled to be heard. There was a noticeable surprise from the audience, many of whom had certainly not heard Lightfoot since the coma and surgery.
But the songs kept coming with nary a moment of silence in between. From one to the next, old hits and lesser-known ditties, Lightfoot's voice gainied its legs with each one, and his fingers moved deftly over his 12-string guitar.
A woman nearby wept throughout the sentimental love song, "Beautiful," and it did take on extra poignancy and intimacy with the softer, subtler sound.
Lightfoot's backup musicians (on guitar, bass, keyboard and drums) were obtrusive at times, but necessary, and did well when given a few short chances to shine.
The spotlight was definitely on Lightfoot, however, who promised to get everyone home "by five after 10 at the latest" on the cold Butte evening.
It's not every day that musicians promise to have their audience home by their bedtime, but Lightfoot delivered on that, too. After a 20-minute intermission, he seemed to gather more strength, and sporting new white boots played a few up-tempo songs.
He sang most of his most well-known hits, including "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," the latter of the two ending with a thud after Lightfoot forgot two verses. He apologized profusely for that throughout the evening, and even later recited the two stanzas as spoken word to warm applause.
The set design was spot-on, with high, hanging cloth catching colored lights that seemed to help facilitate a sense of daydream, which Lightfoot's music does well on its own.
He returned for a quick one song encore and then said goodnight. It was time for Mr. Lightfoot to get to bed.
Tim Trainor may be reached at tim.trainor@ lee.net or call 496-5519.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Butte Montana concert, Sunday Oct 11

hmm, if Gord hairstyle is deemed a mullet, then it's an alt-mullet...party in back, party in front too

I'll bet the Wreck doesn't end up being a wreck too often...i would enjoy hearing a recording of Gord reciting The Wreck and quite a few other classics in spoken word...that may actually have some mass appeal...well, perhaps not mass but it would likely surpass sales of the classic Shatner and Nimoy spoken word releases

thx for the article, not too scathing...time for Mr. jj to go to bed
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Old 10-14-2009, 11:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Butte Montana concert, Sunday Oct 11

Some of these people just don't realize what a tramatic injury can do to a person's memory, especially if it involves the brain, or lack of circulation to the brain. After I had the aneurysm, I could remember how to make chords with my left hand, but my right hand just absolutely refused to remember how to finger pick. It completely forgot everything. I had to go back to the basics, listening to songs over and over to spark my memory. And remembering lyrics, oh, that's another story! I still have trouble with lyrics, and usually keep a stack in my guitar case. I would imagine that Gord has had similar problems after his illness.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:07 PM   #4
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Absolutely right Cathy, but this time around he doesn't seem to have too many positive press.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:20 PM   #5
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Please pardon me, but I had never heard the term 'Mullet Haircut' before so I had to go to Google.

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Old 10-14-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
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Yikes!!
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:31 PM   #7
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I love the guy to death...but, really..anybody have any idea what's going on with the hair?
Why doesn't Merideth say something to her dad?
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:36 PM   #8
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he doesn't have a mullett. it's long right from the front back...
a mullett is business up front and party in the abck..gord is all party..
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Old 10-16-2009, 08:48 PM   #9
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I like Gord's long hair. Tomorrow, after the concert I'm hoping to meet up with him and say..."Gord, your long hair is way cool".

It's certainly not a Joe Dirt mullet.
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