TOUR SUMMARIES

2006 Tour Summary


In his second full touring year since his recovery from his illness in 2002, Lightfoot played 53 concerts in 40 cities throughout the US and Canada over the course of 2006, an increase of 17 concerts over 2005. He began the touring year in January, playing 6 Ontario dates, followed by a Florida run in February. A brief Vegas sojourn in May, was a prelude to the tour resuming in earnest in late July in the midwest, east and west of the US through August and portions of September, before undertaking his first western Canadian tour since 1999 in October, then wrapping up the year at Massey Hall in November. One concert was cancelled, the second night in Harris, MI due to safety concerns because of structural damage at an outdoor tent venue.

Lightfoot employed an opening act for 5 concerts in September to relieve his workload after having some trouble with a couple of fingers on his right (picking) hand, but by Milwaukee he had recovered to the point where he was again back to doing his full 2 set concerts. In all he performed 17 "casino" style shows out of the 53 total concerts.

Openers were alternated exclusively between Cotton Jenny and Triangle, with Sea Of Tranquility doing the honours on one occasion. It marked the first time since mid 1996 that Lightfoot opened his concerts on the 12 string guitar, which had been his practice up until that time. Only one song from Harmony survived the full year, that being Clouds Of Loneliness. Couchiching and the title track were played during the first half of the year, but essentially disappeared from setlists when the tour resumed in late July.

There was no new or previously unreleased material performed in 2006.

There were 41 different songs performed over the course of the year. As has usually been the case, Shadows continued to be the most drawn upon album, garnering 127 performances spread among 6 of its songs. Two studio albums were again 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 36 complete setlists. 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 36 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.

LIGHTFOOT! (55)
Early Morning Rain (32)
Ribbon Of Darkness (23)

THE WAY I FEEL (33)
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (31)
Song For A Winter's Night (2)
DID SHE MENTION MY NAME (0)

BACK HERE ON EARTH (5)
Bitter Green (5)

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (56)
If You Could Read My Mind (36)
The Pony Man (3)
Sit Down Young Stranger (12)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (5)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (35)
Cotton Jenny (35)
DON QUIXOTE (79)
Don Quixote (31)
Beautiful (32)
Alberta Bound (16)

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

SUNDOWN (98)
Sundown (36)
Carefree Highway (34)
The Watchman's Gone (28)
COLD ON THE SHOULDER (36)
Rainy Day People (24)
All The Lovely Ladies (12)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (85)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (36)
Never Too Close (35)
Spanish Moss (14)

ENDLESS WIRE (19)
Hangdog Hotel Room (19)

DREAM STREET ROSE (45)
Ghosts Of Cape Horn (7)
Sea Of Tranquility (22)
Make Way For The Lady (16)

SHADOWS (169)
14 Karat Gold (29)
In My Fashion (34)
Shadows (35)
Blackberry Wine (18)
Baby Step Back (34)
Triangle (19)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (21)
Morning Glory (1)
Let It Ride (20)

WAITING FOR YOU (44)
Restless (14)
Waiting For You (30)

A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH (38)
A Painter Passing Through (35)
I Used To Be A Country Singer (3)


HARMONY (38)
Clouds Of Loneliness (25)
Harmony (6)
Couchiching (7)

UNRELEASED (0)