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.