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Old 08-06-2021, 04:53 PM   #1
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UPDATE re: GORDON LIGHTFOOTs Postponement of August 2021 concerts. Gordon has a right distal fracture - (broken wrist) and had surgery . He is in good spirits and healing well...and projected to have a full recovery.

The August shows will be postponed until next year (no room on the calendar to rebook in 2021)

TOUR INFO: check with venue for more info/re-scheduled dates in 2022.

Frederik Maryland @ The Weinberg Centre for The Arts is re-scheduled for February 10, 2022.

Roanoke VA is now happening on Feb.8,2022. http://lightfoot.ca/2021.htm

Cards can be sent to:
Gordon Lightfoot
Early Morning Productions
1 St.Clair Avenue East #601
Toronto, Ontario
M4T 2V7

Check tour info at www.lightfoot.ca
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Old 08-07-2021, 01:47 PM   #2
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CHAMPAIGN — When the Virginia Theatre originally booked Gordon Lightfoot for a tour stop, the Canadian crooner was fresh off his 80th birthday.

He’ll be 83 if the show — rescheduled Friday for the third time — goes on.

The Virginia received word this week that Lightfoot would have to push back his “80 Years Strong” show — from Aug. 16 to Feb. 1, 2022 — due to injury.

“Mr. Lightfoot had an accident which resulted in a compound fracture of his right arm,” theater Director Steven Bentz announced Friday. “He underwent surgery Tuesday to install a plate and screws — a procedure which was successful.”

Lightfoot was first scheduled to play the Virginia on Sept. 24, 2019. That show had to be rescheduled until March 30, 2020, after the “Sundown” singer/songwriter injured his leg.

The second date was called off due to the pandemic and rescheduled for this month. Then came Friday’s news.

Tickets to the August show will be honored at the rescheduled date. The Virginia is also offering a full refund to any ticket holder not wishing to attend the new date.
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Old 08-08-2021, 01:20 PM   #3
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https://calgaryherald.com/entertainm...following-fall

WARMINGTON: Surgery forces Gordon Lightfoot to postpone tour
Author of the article:Joe Warmington
Publishing date:Aug 08, 2021

Just as he was on the rise again, the sun has gone down on Gordon Lightfoot’s American concert tour, which had to be postponed after the legend required emergency wrist surgery Thursday.

Speculation swirled that the 82-year-old Lightfoot might have COVID when fans in Greensburg, Pa., were initially told that Lightfoot was in hospital and would be unable to make the trip south from Toronto for a show in their city on Friday night.

But people close to Lightfoot told the Toronto Sun the double-vaccinated icon did not contract the coronavirus but had an accident in his home just as he was preparing to leave to perform eight shows in the United States.

Lightfoot suffered a compound fracture to his right wrist when he fell in his home Thursday evening.

He was rushed to Sunnybrook Hospital where witnesses say Lightfoot’s wife, Kim Hasse, and bass player, Rick Haynes, were helping to care for him.

“It was horrific,” said a family member who confirmed the accident.

With help from neighbours and family, Lightfoot was helped into an ambulance and later underwent surgery.

“The surgery went well and Gordon is back home and doing well,” said the family member.

However, he has had to postpone numerous shows scheduled during the next two months, including an Aug. 20 date at Casino Rama north of his hometown, Orillia.

Lightfoot, who’s known for hits such as Sundown,If You Could Read my Mind, Rainy Day People,Ribbon of Darkness, Carefree Highway and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, is said to be on the shelf in terms of playing for at least six weeks.

But he plans to get back on the road for other scheduled dates in the United States and Canada, including at the much-anticipated re-opening of Massey Hall Nov. 25-27.

Lightfoot was the only choice to christen the newly-renovated legendary concert venue.

An insider said Lightfoot intends to make those sold-out shows at his beloved Massey Hall and will make up the missed dates in 2022.

Lightfoot’s performances last month in the United States were very well received.

“Gord had three shows that turned out amazing,” texted his wife, Kim, of July’s performances in “Chicago” and in “Davenport, Iowa, and Clear Lake, Iowa, where the Buddy Holly crash was.”

The column I was initially working on was actually about those shows when I heard about this terrible mishap.

I wish Gordon well in his recovery and send my best wishes to the superstar, who has added another chapter to a stellar career that started in the 1960s. He is a national treasure, and his pain is felt by fans across the country and around the world.

But Lightfoot can never be counted out.

He returned to the stage after suffering an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 2002.

On one occasion, he was reported to be dead. He called AM 640’s Charles Adler to clarify he was still breathing. He also posed for a front-page picture, teasingly checking his pulse.

Lightfoot gets knocked down but seems to always get back up. His dogged perseverance is the stuff of legend.

During the pandemic, Lightfoot and his band have been rehearsing in local studios set up with social distancing protocols.

After getting his second vaccine in the spring, Lightfoot told me, “I always planned on getting it because me and the band want to get back out on the road to see our fans again. Whenever that is, we’ll get back out there and play.”

In July, that happened. Now he’s intent on making yet another comeback.
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Old 08-09-2021, 08:00 PM   #4
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Some friends and I saw him at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign several years ago on a road trip. He should get quite a greeting when he finally gets back there I would think.

I've got a ticket for Columbia MO for Sept 24 and just checked in here and found out about this latest news.

Get well Gord!
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Old 08-10-2021, 12:14 PM   #5
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Recuperation will take 8 weeks - Quite possible September dates will also be postponed if so..
https://www.yorkregion.com/whatson-s...es-tour-dates/

TORONTO — Gordon Lightfoot is recovering after a fall at his home last week caused him to fracture his wrist.

The "If You Could Read My Mind" singer-songwriter has been forced to postpone a number of upcoming tour dates after undergoing emergency surgery at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Victoria Lord, a representative for Lightfoot, said Monday it's expected he will take eight weeks to recover.

"He's doing just fine," she added.

"He's still rehearsing. They're still working with the band but he obviously can't play right now."


Most of the 82-year-old's postponed shows are in the United States, with some already rescheduled for early 2022.

A single show on Aug. 20 at Casino Rama in Orillia, Ont., has also been affected but not rescheduled yet.

Lightfoot's team is optimistic he will return to the stage early this fall, Lord said, noting that a Sept. 30 concert in Fredericton, N.B. is still on the calendar.

They also anticipate he'll be back in shape for a three-night run to mark the reopening of Toronto's Massey Hall on Nov. 25 to 27.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 9, 2021.
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Old 08-12-2021, 01:41 PM   #6
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Lessons from a legend: Gordon Lightfoot, recovering from a broken wrist, plans fall shows at Massey Hall
BRAD WHEELER
PUBLISHED AUGUST 9, 2021
“It’s a pecking order, and I’m further down the pecking order than Bob Dylan,” says legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, when asked about competition among the iconic songwriters of our time. “It’s not about egos. With Dylan, it was a learning experience. I’d watch him.”
On Dec. 1, 1975, Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour rolled into Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens – and, later, up to an after-show party thrown by Lightfoot at the mansion he once owned in Toronto’s tony Rosedale neighbourhood. In Martin Scorsese’s documentary Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, there’s a clip of Joni Mitchell playing a new song of hers, Coyote, alongside Dylan and Roger McGuinn. Lightfoot hovers in the background. Photographs from that night show Lightfoot and Dylan playing together as well.
“It was a fun time,” Lightfoot says, recalling an era when his home was party central for fellow musicians. “It became a tradition. My house was in the middle of the city – it was easy to find and easy to get there.”
Dylan and Lightfoot’s Rosedale summit is the stuff of legend, but lesser known is the meeting of the troubadours backstage at what was then named the O’Keefe Centre, before a Dylan concert in the summer of 1990. Lightfoot played Dylan’s Ring Them Bells in the green room, in front of the man who wrote the song.
“We were getting ready to record it, and I wanted Bob to hear it,” Lightfoot says.
Presumably Lightfoot passed the audition. Ring Them Bells ended up on his 1993 album, Waiting for You.
While Dylan’s busy concert slate is often referred to as the “never-ending tour,” Lightfoot, at 82, maintains a steady schedule of 60 to 70 shows a year himself – or at least he did before COVID lockdowns. The Sundown singer played three theatre shows in the United States in July, and was set for eight more this month until he broke his wrist in a fall last week.
“It will take eight weeks to heal,’ says Lightfoot, who underwent surgery to repair the fracture. “But I’ll be fine for Massey Hall in November.”
The three Massey shows, scheduled for Nov. 25-27, are set to be the first concerts at the historic venue since it closed for extensive renovations in 2018. Lightfoot closed the hall with a performance that year, on Canada Day.
One for the money, but more for the show: “It comes up in conversation that I should be charging more for my tickets, and earning more from my concerts. But I feel the value is correct. I don’t feel I’m selling myself short. It’s not about the money. I love the work – I’m happy to still be performing. Summoning up the energy to do this and being prepared is part of the game with me.”
Party, to a point: “I enjoyed throwing parties after my concerts in Toronto. I had the energy. I’d hire some catering to help. You had to trust the people who came to your house. Half of them, you didn’t know who they were. But we had no incidents. I never had anything broken or anything stolen or anybody insulted. The parties would wind down at two or three in the morning so I could get some sleep, because most of the time I was heading into work again the next night. We’d play seven or eight or nine nights at Massey Hall.”
Performance-enhancing drugs: “Alcohol was a fuel for songwriting. Smoking and drinking and coffee, that’s what it was like when I was making albums. Sometimes pot would be involved. It would open up your thinking a little bit more. When you are under contract to companies, which I was, it’s surprising how you’ll knuckle down and get to work. Ian Tyson and Joni Mitchell and the whole bunch, we were under contract to record companies. We were expected to produce material. So, alcohol and cigarettes – well, okay. It spurred me on. Eventually, I had to give up both of them.”
This is what you get for writing (That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me: “That song was the one I regret the most. I really don’t know what I was thinking when I did that one. The things you write can affect the people close to you. You’re with someone, and perhaps they think a song is about someone else, before they came along.
Usually, you write the song, and the assignment to who it’s about comes afterward. A songwriter has no control over that. I mean, I’m just writing rhymes.
”From his Toronto home, he spoke with The Globe and Mail about rock-star party etiquette, the therapy of live music and better songwriting through stimulants.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts...tfoot-on-dylan
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Old 08-20-2021, 10:46 AM   #7
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https://sunonlinemedia.ca/2021/08/12...qxifzXURpRoK0c

This Week In Art/Culture/Entertainment
August 12, 2021 Sunonline/Orillia

By John Swartz

“’Tis but a scratch.”

Gordon Lightfoot could have had the part of the Black Knight in Monty Python’s The Holy Grail because he’s not letting a broken wrist slow him down. Sunday, Joe Warmington reported Gord broke his wrist and cancelled some shows – including the August 20 gig at Casino Rama.

I spoke with Gord this week and he is undaunted about returning to the stage.

“I haven’t said I won’t be able to play again,” he said. “I have been told I will by the doctors.”

Gord said he slipped and fell in his kitchen.

“I slipped, fell down, I turned to my right and my wrist went between the hip and the floor,” he said. If there is a ray of hope, it’s that he broke his right wrist not his left, which does most of the intricate work playing guitar.

“I’m glad you mentioned it. It’s better it wasn’t the left hand,” Gord said. “We wouldn’t be able to do anything. This way we are able to rehearse. We’ve got a recording studio down here in town called Canterbury Studio and we rehearse there. We’ve been rehearsing there for all of the songs we were prepared to do over the last year and a half and we’ve been getting in some excellent rehearsals. What we’re doing now is we are getting back into that again, this will be just the first one again. We were down (in the U.S.) and did three shows a few weeks ago.”

He’s obviously in a cast. I asked how many people have signed it.

“No I won’t be doing too much of that,” he said. “This one will be changed in another week and probably put a different cast on. Right now there’s a plate and two screws – and the cast. Kim and I, my wife, are dealing with it very well.” He’s able to play with the band despite the cast.

“I will sit in a chair and I will play the chords with my left hand and the other people will play the arrangements. The singing voice looks after itself. I’m just interested in playing the instrument.”

This is not the first time Gord has had a body part in a cast. The first time was in high school.

“I broke the tendon in my knee one time that put me in a cast for 6 or 8 weeks. That was in track and field.” Whenever we speak, Gord tells me he’s taking care of himself, going to the gym to stay in shape for the road and etc.

“I go walking every day, I have a routine,” he said. Gord is adamant he’ll be back on stage. “Absolutely. It’s much more important to accomplish the dates. We postponed, we moved a whole bunch of dates off into 2022, hoping to be able to aim for Massey in November,”
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