TOUR SUMMARIES

2009 Tour Summary


One more successful year on the road has been completed for the legendary troubadour. Lightfoot played 74 concerts in 66 cities throughout the US and Canada over the course of 2009, twelve more concerts than in 2008. He's not showing any signs of slowing down! He began the year in March in Texas, working his way through the central US until wrapping up the month in Minnesota. April found him exclusively in Canada, working his way from the west coast back to Ontario. In May he toured the US southeast and did a brief northest run in June, highlighted by another stop at New York's Town Hall. July saw him start in the Great Lakes states, moving quickly to the east coast again. His most ambitious run was in October, which saw him tour the US west extensively the entire month, before wrapping up the year at his home town of Orillia, then on to yet another triumphant stand at Massey Hall in Toronto. He performed 9 one-set "casino" style shows out of the 74 total concerts, the remainder of the concerts being two sets with intermission.

Openers were alternated exclusively between Cotton Jenny, Did She Mention My Name 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, with Early Morning Rain doing the honors on a few occasions. Some older songs back in rotation were Did She Mention My Name this time not as part of a medley, but a stand alone. Christian Island was newly added this year, but played only one time. Eleven songs were performed at every concert - Ribbon Of Darkness; Sundown; Shadows; Beautiful; The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald; Carefree Highway; 14 Karat Gold; A Painter Passing Through; Restless; Baby Step Back; and If You Could Read My Mind. When Did She Mention My Name was introduced into the setlists in the fall, it bumped Cotton Jenny; Hangdog Hotel Room and Triangle out on a few nights, otherwise they seemed destined to be played at every concert.

There were no new or previously unreleased songs performed in 2009.

The album Shadows was once again the most drawn upon source for material, both in terms of different songs utilized and total unique plays.

There were 43 different songs performed over the course of the year, harvested from nineteen of his twenty studio albums, leaving only one studio album entirely shut out, that being Salute.


SONG SUMMARY BY ALBUM
Here are how the setlists break down by album.
All of this information is based on a sample of 42 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 42 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.

LIGHTFOOT! (72)
Early Morning Rain (30)
Ribbon Of Darkness (42)

THE WAY I FEEL (42)
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (13)
Song For A Winter's Night (29)

DID SHE MENTION MY NAME (6)
Did She Mention My Name (6)

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

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (77)
If You Could Read My Mind (42)
The Pony Man (7)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (24)
Me And Bobby McGee (4)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (39)
Cotton Jenny (39)
DON QUIXOTE (103)
Don Quixote (40)
Christian Island (1)
Beautiful (43)
Alberta Bound (19)

OLD DAN'S RECORDS (27)
Old Dan's Records (27)

SUNDOWN (123)
Sundown (42)
Carefree Highway (42)
The Watchman's Gone (39)
COLD ON THE SHOULDER (34)
Rainy Day People (25)
Fine As Fine Can Be (9)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (100)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (42)
Never Too Close (40)
Spanish Moss (18)

ENDLESS WIRE (67)
Hangdog Hotel Room (39)
If Children Had Wings (28)

DREAM STREET ROSE (37)
Sea Of Tranquility (22)
Make Way For The Lady (15)

SHADOWS (211)
14 Karat Gold (42)
In My Fashion (19)
Shadows (42)
Blackberry Wine (25)
Baby Step Back (42)
Triangle (41)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (23)
Let It Ride (23)

WAITING FOR YOU (79)
Restless (41)
Ring Them Bells (1)
Waiting For You (37)

A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH (55)
A Painter Passing Through (42)
Ringneck Loon (12)
I Used To Be A Country Singer (1)

HARMONY (25)
Clouds Of Loneliness (24)
Couchiching (1)


UNRELEASED (0)