TOUR SUMMARIES

2008 Tour Summary


Another successful year on the road for Gordon Lightfoot and band is in the books, highlighted by sold out halls and enthusiastic audiences throughout the duration of the tour. Lightfoot played 62 concerts in 55 cities throughout the US and Canada over the course of 2008, eight more concerts than in 2007. He began the touring year in February in the US southeast and Florida. Late March was the beginning of a run through the upper midwest, lasting to mid April. Then it was into central Canada in April and May, including another triumphant four night stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. In June it was the US northeast, back to the northeast and midwest in September and early October. Late October brought him to California and the US south west to put a wrap on the year. In all he performed 6 one-set "casino" style shows out of the 62 total concerts.

Openers again were alternated exclusively between Cotton Jenny and Triangle. Three songs were rotated for the encore, including Blackberry Wine, Song For A Winter's Night, and the ever reliable Old Dan's Records. Some older songs back in rotation were My Little Love early in the year, Me And Bobby McGee late in the year (inserted for Kris Kristofferson who attended the Stockton, CA concert in October) and a very popular addition throughout the year, If Children Had Wings. Let It Ride was back, after sitting out 2007. All The Lovely Ladies was not played after making a few appearances in last year's setlists. Eight songs were performed at every concert - Ribbon Of Darkness; Sundown; Cotton Jenny; The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald; Hangdog Hotel Room; A Painter Passing Through and If You Could Read My Mind.

There were no new or previously unreleased songs performed in 2008.

There were 38 different songs performed over the course of the year, harvested from eighteen of his twenty studio albums, leaving two studio albums 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 49 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 49 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.

LIGHTFOOT! (85)
Early Morning Rain (36)
Ribbon Of Darkness (49)

THE WAY I FEEL (28)
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (13)
Song For A Winter's Night (15)

DID SHE MENTION MY NAME (0)

BACK HERE ON EARTH (1)
Bitter Green (1)

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (67)
If You Could Read My Mind (49)
The Pony Man (3)
Me And Bobby McGee (4)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (11)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (49)
Cotton Jenny (49)
DON QUIXOTE (116)
Don Quixote (44)
Beautiful (48)
Alberta Bound (24)

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

SUNDOWN (143)
Sundown (49)
Carefree Highway (49)
The Watchman's Gone (45)
COLD ON THE SHOULDER (44)
Rainy Day People (44)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (96)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (49)
Never Too Close (47)

ENDLESS WIRE (84)
Hangdog Hotel Room (49)
If Children Had Wings (35)

DREAM STREET ROSE (47)
Sea Of Tranquility (27)
Make Way For The Lady (20)

SHADOWS (275)
14 Karat Gold (48)
In My Fashion (46)
Shadows (48)
Blackberry Wine (40)
Baby Step Back (47)
Triangle (46)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (33)
Let It Ride (32)
I'll Tag Along (1)

WAITING FOR YOU (89)
Restless (34)
Ring Them Bells (9)
Waiting For You (46)

A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH (60)
A Painter Passing Through (49)
My Little Love (11)

HARMONY (33)
Clouds Of Loneliness (33)

UNRELEASED (0)