TOUR SUMMARIES

2005 Tour Summary


The year 2005 found Lightfoot back in familiar territory, touring steadily again for the first time since his illness in late 2002. But he did make several appearances in 2004 which I will include as part of this summary. The 2004 appearances were a one song surprise performance at the Mariposa Folk Festival and a 5 song set in Peterbourough, ON as part of a flood relief benefit. He closed out 2004 with two benefit concerts in Hamilton, ON in late November, with proceeds going to the hospital foundation where he was treated. The two Hamilton shows employed an opening act, with Lightfoot doing a one set show. During those shows he debuted Clouds Of Loneliness and River Of Light from Harmony, as well as the title track and Couchiching, those last two songs were played only once before in concert - on the last fateful show in 2002 before illness struck. He also brought On The High Seas out of retirement, after not having played it live for many years. At the flood benefit in August of 2004 he debuted Inspiration Lady in concert, as well as the traditional Diamond Joe, which he played many times years ago as a solo act. Hangdog Hotel Room made a few appearances as another song not played often in recent years. Blackberry Wine was not in regular rotation as in years past, making only sporadic appearances midway through and late in the year. Canadian Railroad Trilogy was not attempted until a few shows into the tour, after which it again became a regular.

The 2005 year proper began in April in California and Nevada, before heading back to Toronto for the Massey Hall series in May. He made two July appearances at Live 8 in Barrie, ON and Mariposa in Orillia, ON. He resumed the tour in August, this time in the midwest, with the final show of that leg scheduled for Seven Springs, PA being cancelled due to inclement weather. September saw him do a brief run again in Calfornia and Nevada, before doing a series of east coast shows in October. The year wrapped up with concerts in southern Ontario, the final night being appropriately in Orillia, where his 2002 tour ended prematurely. In all he performed 37 concerts in 26 cities, not counting the three brief appearances - in Mariposa for one song in 2004, the Peterbourough Flood Benefit and the Live 8 performance.

Only Harmony; Couchiching and Clouds Of Loneliness received regular rotation from the new album in 2005 and they translated very well to the live stage. The road tested live cuts from Harmony, The No Hotel and Shellfish were shut out of the year's setlists.

Openers were rotated between Spanish Moss, Never Too Close, 14 Karat Gold, and Let It Ride. All The Lovely Ladies opened one of the Hamilton benefits and Morning Glory opened once at Mariposa. Encores included Old Dan's Records, Cold On The Shoulder,  Early Morning Rain, Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Bitter Green.

There were no new or previously unreleased songs performed in 2005 (unless you want to include the traditional Diamond Joe from the '04 flood benefit).

There were 49 different songs performed over the course of the year. Shadows continued to be the most drawn upon album, garnering 127 performances spread among 6 of its songs. Two studio albums were entirely shut out, Did She Mention My Name and Salute.


SONG SUMMARY BY ALBUM
Here are how the setlists break down by album.
All of this information is based on a sample of 35 complete setlists and 3 brief guest appearances. If anyone heard a song that isn't listed here, I'd be more than happy to add it to the list.  In brackets following the song is the number of times the song appeared in the 38 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.

LIGHTFOOT! (44)
Early Morning Rain (31)
Ribbon Of Darkness (13)

THE WAY I FEEL (41)
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (27)
Song For A Winter's Night (14)
DID SHE MENTION MY NAME (0)

BACK HERE ON EARTH (10)
Bitter Green (10)

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (77)
If You Could Read My Mind (37)
The Pony Man (10)
Sit Down Young Stranger (3)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (27)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (32)
Cotton Jenny (32)
DON QUIXOTE (72)
Don Quixote (29)
Christian Island (12)
Beautiful (27)
Alberta Bound (4)

OLD DAN'S RECORDS (34)
Old Dan's Records (34)

SUNDOWN (53)
Sundown (35)
Carefree Highway (11)
The Watchman's Gone (7)
COLD ON THE SHOULDER (38)
Rainy Day People (27)
Cold On The Shoulder (7)
All The Lovely Ladies (4)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (94)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (35)
Never Too Close (32)
Spanish Moss (27)

ENDLESS WIRE (3)
Hangdog Hotel Room (3)

DREAM STREET ROSE (52)
Ghosts Of Cape Horn (26)
On The High Seas (13)
Sea Of Tranquility (11)
Make Way For The Lady (2)

SHADOWS (127)
14 Karat Gold (14)
In My Fashion (32)
Shadows (29)
Blackberry Wine (5)
Baby Step Back (29)
Triangle (18)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (37)
Morning Glory (3)
I'll Tag Along (1)
Let It Ride (33)

WAITING FOR YOU (41)
Restless (20)
Waiting For You (14)
Ring Them Bells (7)
A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH (23)
A Painter Passing Through (2)
I Used To Be A Country Singer (21)


HARMONY (82)
River Of Light (1)
Inspiration Lady (2)
Clouds Of Loneliness (25)
Harmony (33)
Couchiching (21)

UNRELEASED (1)
Diamond Joe (1)