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Old 06-25-2015, 01:16 PM   #1
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RICK: Sandy, Utah, just south of Salt Lake City, home of our brilliant Friend, Stage Manager and Monitor Mixer, Chuck Thomas. Just under the Western slopes of the Rockies, still over 4000 feet, we arrive at the Sandy Amphitheater on a 97 degree day. I fear the altitude and heat on this tour segment is starting to catch up with us a bit. "No Country for Old Men" comes to mind
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:22 PM   #2
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:11 AM   #3
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:12 AM   #4
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Old 07-01-2015, 08:48 AM   #5
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http://www.sltrib.com/home/2669772-1...en-better-days

SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
Kirby: Gordon Lightfoot’s seen better days, but the feeling’s not gone
ROBERT KIRBY | Tribune Columnist
First Published Jun 30 2015 08:03AM • Last Updated Jun 30 2015 06:01 pm

Gordon Lightfoot took the stage at the Sandy Amphitheater on Wednesday evening. Three of his biggest fans — my wife and friends Chris and Norm — barely recognized him.

Not having been a Lightfoot fan in my youth, I wouldn't have recognized the elderly balladeer had there been a sign hanging around his neck. I had to take other people's word that it was him.

At the rotten age of 77 and thinned out by hard living and medical problems, Gord is no longer on the summer side of life. He shuffled onto the stage looking a bit confused and almost homeless.

The biggest shock was when he began singing. It was immediately obvious that his voice was gone. The dismay was evident in the audience. Mercifully, most of it was hushed.

"Oh, my gosh. He doesn't sound anything like he did."

"I can't even tell which song that is. Can you?"

"He should know when to quit. I can't believe we paid money for this."

I don't know if Gord heard, but I'll bet he saw some of it. Fifteen minutes into the concert, seats started to empty. The couple next to us had enough and left in the middle of a song. A confidence-robbing ribbon of darkness headed for the exits.

Human beings have a hard time forgiving our idols for failing to stay young and inspirational. Once they start to slide, we slough away from them despite what they still might have to offer.

Not raised on Lightfoot, I still recognized his older stuff. "Carefree Highway," "Cold on the Shoulder" and "If You Could Read My Mind" are integral parts of my marriage to an ardent fan.

Gradually, those who stayed — and it was most of us — warmed to the diminished efforts. Age and altitude caught up with Gord several times, and he had to sit down and catch his breath. True fans responded with encouragement.

"You still got it, Gord!"

"We love you, Gord!"

"Can I rub your back or something?"

Granted, the voice wasn't as vibrant as it is on the CD player in our kitchen — and he never got around to my favorite, "Triangle" — but I didn't mind. The best part of the show for me wasn't on the stage.

Sitting next to me, my wife lost 20 years as she sang along with the soundtrack of her youth. I saw the young girl shine in her face again. It was breathtaking.

That's when I realized that as we watched the show, the show also watched us. From the eighth row, I glanced over my shoulder and saw what Gord saw.

Someone had apparently emptied the local rest homes for the concert. A small sea of punched-out, saggy, bald and squatty geezers swayed more or less in time with the music.
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intriguing review, although parts are harsh. Gordon doesn't look or sound as he did, but we don't care. None of us remains as we were in our youth. His voice isn't as deep, or strong as it was, but he is still singing, and still entertaining us. I will continue to pay good money to see him live. The reason is as the author of this review stated....I sing along to every song because they are, indeed, the soundtrack of my youth. There is a song for every moment I grew up, and every song takes me back. I am glad the reviewer saw that in his wife and appreciated it. I am pretty sure i take "offense" at the comment about emptying out the rest home of all its saggy and squatty geezers, however! I am still pretty tall, and only part of my face is saggy.
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Hehe, nothing that an improved sound mix wouldn't cure.
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He's not 77 yet is he? I think the altitude and heat, as Rick said, had a lot to do with it. Ya gotta love writers though, I wouldn't walk out of anything I paid for but I guess some folks have more important things to do... like holler at kids to get off their lawn.

Can't wait to see him on July 31st and August 5th.

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Old 07-02-2015, 04:31 PM   #9
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He had some serious difficulties with the lack of air at the high altitudes - no breath and having to sit for lengths of time, several times at each venue onstage. the sound system won't help that..
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Old 08-08-2015, 03:30 PM   #10
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Nice pictures, thanks Char!

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Old 08-10-2015, 06:29 AM   #12
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Gee, that was a harsh review by that writer!

Very nice pics, Char.

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