TOUR SUMMARIES

2013 Tour Summary


It was billed as the "50 Years On The Carefree Highway" tour. Lightfoot joked it was actually really closer to 48 years, but the marketers wanted something catchy to hang their hat on, so thus it became. Whatever it was called, it was a long and interesting year on the road for Lightfoot and his band. Beginning with a 13 concert run in March on the US west coast, then getting back on the road in late April through early May in the midwest. East coast and miswest US in June, same areas again in July and early August. A couple of dates to replace Neil Young at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic near Hamilton, ON and the Ottawa Folk Festival before heading out to the western US for an 18 show run in September, before wrapping up the year with 12 shows in the eastern US in late October and early November. When the dust settled they had logged 71 concerts in 70 cities for the year. There was 9 casino concerts, plus the two festivals, the remaining 60 concerts were two sets with intermission.

Openers were varied, but Sweet Guinevere was the regular starter by late in the year. The Watchman's Gone also took turns as opener, seemingly an unlikely choice, but it worked well in that slot just the same. Biggest addition to the sets was Now And Then, as Lightfoot stated he needed a 12-string tune in the "C" shape and audiences were glad it turned out to be this song, having rarely been played since its inception in 1975. Also of note, Lightfoot began performing Sundown once again featuring the 4 complete verses. Seems only appropriate, as this song in terms of sales and Billboard position was his biggest song of all time.

There were no new or previously unreleased songs performed in 2013. Not since the pre-illness days of 2002 has new material been introduced in concert.

This year, Waiting For You vied with Shadows as the most popular albums receiving play.


SONG SUMMARY BY ALBUM
Here are how the setlists break down by album.
All of this information is based on a sample of 37 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 37 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.

LIGHTFOOT! (59)
Early Morning Rain (22)
Ribbon Of Darkness (37)

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 (12)
Did She Mention My Name (12)

BACK HERE ON EARTH (0)

SUNDAY CONCERT (0)
IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND (44)
If You Could Read My Mind (37)
The Pony Man (1)
Minstrel Of The Dawn (6)

SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE (34)
Cotton Jenny (34)
DON QUIXOTE (73)
Don Quixote (27)
Christian Island (9)
Beautiful (37)

OLD DAN'S RECORDS (12)
Old Dan's Records (12)

SUNDOWN (108)
Sundown (37)
Carefree Highway (34)
The Watchman's Gone (35)
Circle Of Steel (2)

COLD ON THE SHOULDER (78)
Rainy Day People (27)
Fine As Fine Can Be (7)
All The Lovely Ladies (25)
Now And Then (19)

SUMMERTIME DREAM (89)
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (37)
Race Among The Ruins (7)
Never Too Close (29)
Spanish Moss (16)


ENDLESS WIRE (53)
Hangdog Hotel Room (15)
Sweet Guinevere (28)
If Children Had Wings (10)

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

SHADOWS (127)
14 Karat Gold (18)
In My Fashion (20)
Shadows (35)
Blackberry Wine (13)
Baby Step Back (37)
Triangle (4)

SALUTE (0)

EAST OF MIDNIGHT (35)
Let It Ride (35)

WAITING FOR YOU (130)
Restless (24)
Ring Them Bells (3)
Waiting For You (28)
I'd Rather Press On (34)
Wild Strawberries (30)
Drink Yer Glasses Empty (12)

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

HARMONY (19)
Clouds Of Loneliness (19)

UNRELEASED (0)