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Old 10-16-2008, 07:59 PM   #1
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great pic at the link above.
Mr. Sauro tells me he was born and raised in Toronto!
This is the internet review. The print one will be a bit different in the print paper tomorrow.
Kris Kristofferson was in attendance..

By Tony Sauro
Record Staff Writer
October 16, 2008 2:27 PM
Time might have frayed Gordon Lightfoot’s familiar and friendly voice.

His songs, however, remain as timeless and poignant as they were four decades ago.

The affections of his loyalists have weathered well, too.

Lightfoot, the Canadian folk singer-songwriter who was making his first appearance in Stockton during a 48-year career, pleased an estimated 900 of those fans with a warm and mellow 90-minute show Wednesday night at the Bob Hope Theatre.

Lightfoot, who turns 70 on Nov. 17 and has been back on the road for four years after suffering a near-fatal stomach aneurysm in 2002, might have looked a bit frail — but his spirits seemed high, especially during the songs he called “toe-tappers.”

Lightfoot, accompanying himself on six- and 12-string acoustic guitars, gently worked his way through 27 tunes, including just enough of the sentimental favorites.

“Gordo for president,” someone declared as Lightfoot mentioned Wednesday’s presidential debate and Tuesday’s federal election in Canada. “You are awesome. I love you,” yelled another voice.

Revered for his rich and resonant voice during most of his career, Lightfoot — one of Canada’s main musical and cultural icons — now has to go where it permits him. There’s a certain soulfulness and intensified authenticity to that kind of durability and determination.

It’s the same with his songs. They never get old, though Lightfoot’s vocal maneuverings have altered their textures slightly.

Wearing a blue suede jacket, he opened with the delightfully jaunty “Cotton Jenny” (1971) and “Carefree Highway” (1974), his melodic “morning after blues, from my head down to my shoes” tune. He closed with the warmly evocative “Song for a Winter’s Night” (1967).

Mixing themes of faltering romance, a fascination with shipping lore and the power of blind idealism, he included: “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970), “Sundown” (1974), “Rainy Day People” (1975), “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976), “Don Quixote” (1972) and “Early Morning Rain” (1966).

He preceded that classic (“You can’t jump a jet plane/Like you can a freight train”) with a humorous anecdote about his trying to meet Elvis Presley, who had recorded a version of the song, in Buffalo, N.Y.

Those favorites were warmly received by his audience, most of whom were old enough to have heard them when they first were released.

He also explored some less obvious nooks of his vast songbook, including “A Painter Passing Through,” a thoughtful and wizened 1998 reflection on his life and times.

Lightfoot saved a special spot for “Me and Bobby McGee,” which he recorded in 1970. He sang it after reminiscing during intermission with San Mateo native Kris Kristofferson, who co-wrote the famous song (with Fred Foster) and attended Wednesday’s show.

Gracious, purposeful and occasionally playful, Lightfoot performed with his veteran four-piece band in a cozy semicircle with a backdrop of red drapes. Guitarist Terry Clements, bassist Rick Haynes and drummer Barry Keane have been with him since the ’70s and know how to be supple, supportive and tasteful — particularly Keane.

Clements dialed in the familiar electric guitar solos and keyboard player Mike Heffernan provided the necessary string samples.

“I’ll tell ya,” Lightfoot said, halfway through the show. “It’s the first time we’ve ever been to Stockton. We love it here.”

That feeling obviously was mutual.

Contact Tony Sauro at (209) 546-8267 or
On his blog he has posted the setlist:
Gordon Lightfoot doesn’t work with a traditional set list during his concerts.

He just sticks a bunch of song titles on the side of his acoustic guitars and goes from there.

He even surprised his sound men at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre Wednesday night by playing "Clouds of Loneliness," from 2004’s "Harmony," his 20th studio album.

One of Canada’s most famous and durable minstrels, he didn’t just stick to the "hits," either, ranging widely across his vast catalog of songs and digging all the way back to his 1966 recording debut.

Here are the 27 tunes the 69-year-old Lightfoot and his four-piece band played during a 90-minute show (original year of recording in parenthesis):

Cotton Jenny (1971)

Carefree Highway (1974)

Sea of Tranquility (1980)

14-Karat Gold (1982)

Never Too Close (1976)

A Painter Passing Through (1998)

Rainy Day People (1975)

Shadows (1982)

Beautiful (1972)

The Watchman’s Gone (1974)

Ribbon of Darkness (1966)

Sundown (1974)

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (1976)

Triangle (1982)

Hangdog Hotel Room (1978)

Clouds of Loneliness (2004)

Me and Bobby McGee (1970)

Minstrel of the Dawn (1970)

Waiting for You (1993)

If You Could Read My Mind (1970)

Don Quixote (1972)

Baby Step Back (1988)

Early Morning Rain (1966)

Blackberry Wine (1982)

Song for a Winter’s Night (1967)
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so awesome, great review the kind we all love to read
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