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Old 09-21-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
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http://www.livingstondaily.com/artic...ut-show-Sunday

Folk music icon Gordon Lightfoot has overcome multiple health challenges to stay on the road, including Sunday's performance at the Brighton Center for the Performing Arts.

Lightfoot, known for a litany of hit songs, including "Sundown," "Early Morning Rain," "If You Could Read My Mind" and the legendary "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," will kick off the performing arts center's 2012-2013 season.

Lightfoot performs at 8 p.m. Sunday at the center, 7878 Brighton Road in Brighton.

The Brighton show — which is sold out — will be one of about 50 Lightfoot shows this year, and one of 14 shows on a 17-day U.S. tour.

As he approached age 70, Lightfoot overcame paralysis in his right hand following a stroke, as well as temporary deafness and a debilitating stomach illness.

In 2004, Lightfoot released "Harmony," his most recent album of new material.

He recorded "Harmony" in hurried fashion while recuperating from numerous surgeries over a 19-month period. It took him 28 months to return to the stage, with his first show at the hospital that cared for him.

In a Daily Press & Argus interview, Lightfoot said "the gift" is his 220 recorded songs to choose from for each performance.

After a career spanning five decades, no venue is too big or too small for Lightfoot, who will play primarily his hits in Brighton.

"Whether it be in Brighton or whether it be at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, it will not make any difference to us because we always go full-blast," Lightfoot said from his home in Canada.

"We are enthusiastic, and we are prepared, and we are excited. Wherever we go and whatever we do, Brighton's going to get the best show that we can possibly give them," he added.

In past decades, Lightfoot's music been has recorded and revered by legends including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell and Peter Paul & Mary. More recently, country artist Toby Keith and pop artist Sarah McLachlan have covered his songs.

For more information, visit www.brightonperformingarts.com or call (810) 299-4130, then dial 0.

Contact Daily Press & Argus reporter Christopher Behnan at (517) 548-7108 or at cbehnan@gannett.com.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #2
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Nanci and I are heading to Detroit first thing in the morning to have a meal with our daughter who is in Grad School at Wayne State and then on to Brighton to see Gord at 8:00 pm. Will let you know how it goes!

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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First Set – Red Velvet Waist Coat
1. Did She Mention My Name
2. Carefree Highway
3. Sea of Tranquility
4. All the Lovely Ladies
5. I’d Rather Press On
6. Wild Strawberries
7. Christian Island
8. Shadows
9. Beautiful
10. Let It Ride

Band Intros

11. Watchman’s Gone – Another one of his favorites from the Sundown album.
12. Ribbon of Darkness – didn’t sing final “over me”, audience sang it instead and Gord say “hey” and then did:
13. Sundown
14. Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Talked about how he had to change a lyric in the fourth verse because it was proved to be wrong. Although he had to check with the ladies committee in Madison Wisconsin first.

Intermission

Second Set – Dark Vest with white long sleeved shirt
15. Drink Yer Glasses Empty – told us he wrote about Desert Storm – only he and Mike were on stage for this number.
16. Sweet Guinevere
17. Cotton Jenny "Rivard"
18. Don Quixote
19. Make Way for the Lady
20. Waiting for You – A song he wrote about his second ex-old lady. He told us once you get married you do a lot of waiting.
21. Painter Passing Through
22. If You Could Read My Mind
23. Baby Step Back
24. Early Morning Rain – Told the story about almost meeting Elvis at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.

Encores
25. Rainy Day People
26. In My Fashion
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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Hey Danno - he never tells that Elvis story when we see him IN Buffalo!!!
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glad you had a fab time! thanks for the report/setlist!
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:05 PM   #5
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Here are a few pictures of me with Gord and the band. There are two that I took with my iPhone while in our seats in the last row of the balcony too. One is before they came out the other was taken during the first encore.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:06 PM   #6
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Char,
I told him I love when he tells the Elvis story.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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did you tell him I love him?
lol
Did you ask why he never tells the Elvis story when he is actually IN Buffalo?
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good pics- did Nanci take them?
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:37 AM   #8
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Good stuff!

Counting down 'til the Kentucky shows in a few days. Sounds like Gord and the guys are doing great. Looking forward to seeing them in person. Hard to believe that the last time I heard "Wild Strawberries" LIVE was 1993. 19 years - and worth the wait.
Good pix, Dan. Hope to see you in TO in Nov.


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Old 09-25-2012, 06:37 PM   #9
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Char - Nanci took the pictures. I think he knows you love him.
Melissa - Enjoy the Kentucky show and I am looking forward to seeing you in TO.

Here is a little something from the Livingston Daily:
http://www.livingstondaily.com/artic...xt|Frontpage|p
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #10
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Here is the signed cover of the program from the Brighton show and the Lightfoot writeup. I also am including the page that Rick, Barry and Mike signed.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #11
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I flipped it for ya Danno!
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:53 PM   #12
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Char,
Thanks for flipping the picture.

One other "bit" of information about this concert; almost every time Lightfoot took his drink of water and bent over to do that clear the pipes thing, the audience thought he was taking a bow and would clap. Eventually he told us what he was doing and people stopped clappiing.

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