2014 Tour Summary
No signs of slowing down were evident on the Lightfoot touring front in 2014. For the year Lightfoot performed 89 concerts in 78 cities, an increase of 20 concerts over 2013. Lightfoot was forced to cancel one show due to illness. The year began in the US southwest in February, followed by a run through the midwest in March. In April, Lightfoot began his most extensive tour of Canada in one calendar year, probably since the 60's. He covered Atlantic Canada in the spring, with 5 Ontario concerts tacked on to the tail end of that run. Late October, early November saw him tour throughout western Canada, finally finishing the year in the last half of November in Quebec and Ontario, culminating in a 4 night residency at Massey Hall. In all he performed 35 Canadian concerts in 28 cities. The US midwest was again visited in June, the northeast in July and the US west in late September, early October to round out a full year on the road. There was 12 casino style concerts, the remaining 77 concerts were two sets with intermission.
Openers were varied, but Sweet Guinevere and Now And Then were prominent in that role. 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 set was Much To My Surprise, returning for the first time since before its release in 1998. Also from that album, Drifters made its return, although it has not been gone as long. It is played with capo on the 3rd fret, so for the first time in a many a year, Lightfoot changed capo positions during a concert. Usually it was placed as the last 6 string song of the first set, so retuning of the guitar could be done at the intermission. Interestingly, Ribbon Of Darkness was only omitted one time as the lead in to Sundown, that being opening night at Massey Hall. Also at Massey Hall, Early Morning Rain was moved to the first set. Dropped this year were Home From The Forest; Circle Of Steel; Race Among The Ruins; Blckberry Wine; Triangle and Ringneck Loon.
There were no new or previously unreleased
songs performed in 2014. Not since the pre-illness days of 2002 has new material
been introduced in concert.
For the first time since I have been doing these summaries
(1995), Waiting For You won
out over Shadows as the most
popular albums receiving play. Shadows
fell to 4th place as it was also behind Sundown and Cold On The Shoulder.