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Old 08-09-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Default Got Tickets to Peoria

Wonder if anyone else has plans for the Peoria concert on Sept 20th.

My wife and I are going. It will sure be hard for the concert to be more memorable than
the one last year in Osceola, Ia. Gordon totally suprised me and my lovely bride of 3 weeks by dedicating the song "Beautiful" to us. We got a chance to thank him after the show and he remembered that I had given him an "Ode to Gordon" poem that he said is on his office desk. We're looking forward to seeing Gordon again and when the music to Beautiful starts that will remind us of two very special days.

Kevin and Erin
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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The 'Ode To Gordon' on his office desk - what an honor !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My wife and I were honored to have Gordon dedicate 'Beautiful' to us for our 10th anniversary. (Even made the local paper with a line in the concert review about it.)

My wife,uncle and I have our Peoria tickets in Row H, off-right center.

Maybe we can link up before the concert or during intermission / usually 20 minutes.

Let me know where your seats are, if you don't mind.

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Old 08-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
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Hey Kelly,

It would be great to meet up before and or after the show to share some Gord Stories.

We'll be driving down from the Quad Cities that afternoon. We have seats 1&2 in the last row of the orchestra section seats on the left side of the stage.

Looking forward to meeting some of the fellow netpeople.
Maybe we can get Gord to dedicate "Beautiful" to the all the happily married people who used it as a wedding song.

See you there

Let's set something up through email

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Old 05-05-2023, 09:06 PM   #4
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Review: Gordon Lightfoot pays attention to details

Gordon Lightfoot is a man obsessed.

You'd never guess it from his easygoing nature and his effortless chitchat, but I can see through all that. He is totally, completely fanatical about his craft, from how his guitar is tuned to how his music bounces off the back wall of the Peoria Civic Center Theater, where he played Thursday night in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000.

The lanky Canadian, 72, has earned the label "folk legend" for his singing and songwriting skills, which go back more than five decades. His music may be an acquired taste for some, but he has a devoted following.

The Peoria crowd was ready to receive him and he was extremely punctual, stepping on stage right at 8 p.m., clad in a blue velvet jacket with an acoustic guitar slung over it.

He played dozens of songs, from "Rainy Day People" to "Song for a Winter's Night." His prolific catalog included the gentle love song "Beautiful," the optimistic "I'd Rather Press On," and "Let It Ride," with hypnotizing, steady drum beats and intricate percussion flourishes. One of his most famous hits, "Sundown," infused an upbeat bluesiness into the evening.

The crowd was rather hushed, giving him applause in all the appropriate spots, with a shrill whistle here or there. After the applause would die down after a song, he would swig from a tiny bottle of water. I could almost hear him swallow.

He twiddled with his guitar before most songs, trying to get the sound just right. After ending one number, he said of the auditorium, "It's a beautiful sounding theater, but it has a little slap-back from the back wall."

I'm guessing few people would pick up on that sound effect, but Lightfoot has a very trained ear. That is evident in the hiring of his bandmates, who were all extremely tight, with perfect timing.

His voice, however, wasn't quite so flawless. He struggled to hit the high notes on several songs. But there were some songs he still filled out just fine, including "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," a tune that actually benefits from his weathered voice, which adds a dash of wisdom.

I think it was this wisdom that his fans turned out to see. After so many years on stage, having influenced countless musicians and collected awards for his poetic songwriting, he will draw a crowd as long as he wants to pick up a guitar.

Danielle Hatch can be reached at or 686-3262. Follow her on Twitter @danielle_hatch.
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