TOUR SUMMARIES

2012 Tour Summary


Lightfoot continues to continue on the road. Another year, another 51 concerts in 45 cities. Multiple nights in Ottawa and two concerts in one day as a benefit in Orillia and the requisite 4 night stand at Massey Hall to close out the year. The touring began in January in Atlanta for a southeast run, a one night April appearance at Casino Rama, followed by a northeast leg in May. June saw Lightfoot and the band do a brief Ontario tour, with a side trip to Montreal. The guys took the summer off, before resuming in New York in September for run that went as far as the mid west and dipped into the mid Atlantic states. The year culminated at Massey Hall in November.

There were only 2 casino style concerts this year, although the two concerts in one day in Orillia were of the one set casino style. The remaining 47 concerts were two sets with intermission.

Openers again included Sweet Guinevere, Did She Mention My Name and Triangle, with the one time inclusion of The House You Live In. Encores were quite varied, Old Dan's Records, Blackbery Wine, Rainy Day People, In My Fashion, Song For A Winter's Night and Cold On The Shoulder became the popular closer late in the year. The setlists had a big overhaul when Lightfoot returned in September from his summer vacation. Gone were Home From The Forest, If Children Had Wings, 14 Karat Gold and now being added were All The Lovely Ladies, I'd Rather Press On, Wild Strawberries, Drink Yer Glasses Empty, Race Among The Ruins and topping off the year at Massey Hall were live performances of Circle Of Steel! The reconfigured setlists from September onward gave the concerts an added shot of energy that was much appreciated.

There were no new or previously unreleased songs performed in 2012. Not since the pre-illness days of 2002 has new material been introduced in concert.

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 50 different songs performed over the course of the year, up from 43 in 2011, taken from eighteen of his twenty studio albums, leaving only two studio albums entirely shut out, that again being Back Here On Earth 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! (58)
Early Morning Rain (22)
Ribbon Of Darkness (36)

THE WAY I FEEL (39)
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (18)
Home From The Forest (5)
Song For A Winter's Night (16)

DID SHE MENTION MY NAME (9)
Did She Mention My Name (9)

BACK HERE ON EARTH (0)

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (40)
If You Could Read My Mind (36)
The Pony Man (1)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (3)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (28)
Cotton Jenny (28)
DON QUIXOTE (62)
Don Quixote (17)
Christian Island (9)
Beautiful (36)

OLD DAN'S RECORDS (1)
Old Dan's Records (1)

SUNDOWN (107)
Sundown (36)
Carefree Highway (34)
The Watchman's Gone (35)
Circle Of Steel (2)

COLD ON THE SHOULDER (46)
Rainy Day People (27)
Fine As Fine Can Be (4)
All The Lovely Ladies (15)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (73)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (36)
Race Among The Ruins (7)
Never Too Close (22)
Spanish Moss (7)
The House You Live In (1)

ENDLESS WIRE (44)
Hangdog Hotel Room (15)
Sweet Guinevere (28)
If Children Had Wings (1)

DREAM STREET ROSE (16)
Sea Of Tranquility (8)
Make Way For The Lady (8)

SHADOWS (120)
14 Karat Gold (12)
In My Fashion (25)
Shadows (35)
Blackberry Wine (13)
Baby Step Back (31)
Triangle (4)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (36)
Let It Ride (35)
I'll Tag Along (1)

WAITING FOR YOU (99)
Restless (24)
Ring Them Bells (3)
Waiting For You (28)
I'd Rather Press On (15)
Wild Strawberries (15)
Drink Yer Glasses Empty (13)

A PAINTER PASSING THROUGH (38)
A Painter Passing Through (36)
Ringneck Loon (2)

HARMONY (21)
Clouds Of Loneliness (19)
Couchiching (2)


UNRELEASED (0)