1999 GORDON LIGHTFOOT TOUR SCHEDULE
Mar. 3 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
4 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel
7 Melbourne, FL King Center
9 Naples, FL Philharmonic Center
12 Greensboro, NC Carolina Theatre
13 Hudson, NC J.E.Broyhill Civic Center
Apr. 15 East Lansing, MI Wharton Center
16 Jackson, MI Community College
18 Benton Harbor, MI Lake Michigan College Aud.
> > I live in Fort
> >Smith, AR. Anything upcoming in a three-hundred mile area?
> Well, the tour is mostly over for the year, except four more dates. However,
> you are in luck, since one of those dates is within the 300 mile radius you
> mentioned. Its almost exactly 300 miles from Ft Smith to Kansas City, MO,
> where Gord will be playing on Sept 11th. I am not sure which venue he will be
> at though.
> Andy T
> Fort Collins, CO
> "May this world find a resting place,
> where Peaceful Waters flow..."
Visit my Gordon Lightfoot webpage at:
Sept 11 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
12 Paducah, KY Executive Inn
18-19 Sault Ste. Marie, MI Vegas Kewadin Casino
Wayne Francis wrote in message ...
I either heard him say at a concert, or in an interview that he likes to stay
close to home now. I don't want to be a pessimist, but it doesn't look too good
for him traveling abroad these days.
Nothing listed yet, Jerry, but who knows, there's always hope. His last visit
to perform in the UK was his famous 1981 bus tour of Britain, playing in
Belfast on May 14, the second night of the tour after opening in Dublin the
In May of 1981, Lightfoot set off for a seven city tour through the British
Isles. It was a volatile time in Britain, and particularily in Ireland
where the tour began. On May 13, Lightfoot landed in Dublin and played the
opening show of the tour there that same night in the National Stadium. The
atmosphere was electric! Lightfoot came on stage to begin the show to
thundering applause. He was well aware of the significance of the time and
place and after his third song he told the crowd:
"As events unfold we shall continue to carry on here. We're, you know, fully
aware of all of the stuff - we heard about the pope. But this is another
story, again, which complicates things even more. Sort of casts a pall of
gloom. Let's hope that the poor gentleman survives."
His brief statement is greeted by overwhelming applause. In spite of the
situation, Lightfoot appears to be very loose and even pulls out the old
"let me introduce the band" routine, where the band meet at centre stage
and pretend to introduce themselves to each other. The crowd loves it!
Later in the second half, when introducing the then unrecorded, Heaven Help
The Devil, Lightfoot tells the hushed crowd:
"... A sociological type of song that can relate to just about anything in
the world today and those of us who are peace loving people can understand
this. I was talking to Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran, and I
said, 'Would you ever go back to Iran,' he said, 'Not even for dinner!' and
I wrote this song just after the hostages got back, but it relates to
everything. I mean, sometimes you wonder what is going on in the world, you
know and it seems to be almost too much to bear all at once. So we'll do
this one for you, it's called Heaven Help The Devil and you'll see what I
mean when we do this song. It means, heaven help the son of a bitch!"
Laughter erupts and he plays the song, followed by a huge ovation when it is
finished. After the Trilogy he returned to the stage for an encore and
before playing it, he once again feels compelled to talk to the crowd in
light of the gravity of the occasion:
"Do you remember the old skylight? We played here a couple of times, I
think, before. I just want to thank the people from WEA, that's our record
company. A lot of them are here tonight, so we welcome them and everybody
else. (Applause) We hope, all of us, that everything pans out for the better
and everything works out okay for you, because some of the stories we hear
outside of here are really grotesque. (Applause) People talking about things
and nobody knows about the historical or the political or the religious or
what it is, I don't know, but I hope it all works out for you, because it
At the show's end, Lightfoot is engulfed in another thunderous ovation as he
The next night in Belfast, the tour continues. It was described in MacLean's
magazine like this:
"The 2,000 Catholics and Protestants who packed Belfast's Grosvenor Hall to
hear singer Gordon Lightfoot were told bluntly that they couldn't leave once
they entered - for fear of someone planting a bomb. But the captive audience
shook the hall with foot-stomping delight when Lightfoot called for peace in
the city and vowed to sing on while just two kilometres away riots were
breaking out for the second night in a row following the death of IRA hunger
striker Francis Hughes."
It was probably some of the most surreal circumstances Lightfoot has ever
played under, but he certainly came through in classic style!
Wayne Francis wrote in message ...