Gordon Lightfoot, 81, Reschedules Tour to 2020

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Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who turned 81 in November 2019, has announced that he is again postponing a number of tour dates, due to a leg injury. In a post on his Facebook page, Lightfoot’s social media team notes that he is “currently under doctor’s care, undergoing treatment and therapy which requires a longer period of recuperation.” On Sept. 11, Lightfoot indicated that his tour dates would resume Oct. 24. He is expected to make a full recovery.

According to reports, Lightfoot tripped over a bench in July. Although no bones were broken, he was said to be in pain.

Lightfoot announced in the spring that he is writing songs for the first time in years, with a new album on the horizon.

In an article published in Toronto’s City News, he said that he’s quit smoking and that action rekindled his interest in songwriting. He said that the new album, his first in 15 years, will be out later this year or in 2020. Some of the songs, he said, were written and recorded years ago but he’d forgotten about them until he came across some homemade CDs while housecleaning. “I didn’t even know I had about half a dozen of these tunes,” Lightfoot told the news site.

Lightfoot is the subject of a new documentary, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, which has played in several Canadian markets.

Lightfoot’s hits include “Sundown” (#1), “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (#2) and “If You Could Read My Mind” (#5).

His songs have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, Herb Alpert, Johnny Mathis, Olivia Newton-John, Jimmy Buffett, the Grateful Dead and many others. Bob Dylan regularly performs Lightfoot’s composition “Shadows,” Paul Simon and Billy Joel have included his tunes in their shows, and when Toby Keith does his surprise small venue/barroom appearances playing cover songs as the Incognito Bandito, “Sundown” is always on the set list.

Watch Lightfoot perform “If You Could Read My Mind” on The Midnight Special

Lightfoot has earned four gold albums, two platinum and one double platinum sales awards in America and nine gold, four platinum and three double platinum in his native Canada. He still performs some 80 shows annually.

Gordon Lightfoot 2020 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Feb 13 – Baton Rouge, LA – River Center Ballroom theatre
Feb 14 – Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget Casino
Feb 15 – Bossier City, LA – Margaritaville Casino
Feb 17 – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Feb 18 – Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy PAC
Feb 19 – Pensacola, FL – Saenger Theatre
Feb 21 – Bixoli, MS – IP Casino
Feb 22 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre
Feb 23 – Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre
Mar 25 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
Mar 26 – Nashville, IN – Brown County Music Center
Mar 27 – Northfield, OH – MGM Northfield Park Center Stage
Mar 29 – Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center
Mar 30 – Champaign, IL – Virginia Theatre
Mar 31 – Columbia, MO – Missouri Theatre
Apr 02 – Angola, IN – Furth Center
Apr 03 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Apr 04 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Apr 13 – Fredericton, NB – Richard J. Currie Center
Apr 15 – Ottawa, ON – Algonquin Commons Theatre
Apr 16 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
Apr 18 – Orillia, ON – Casino Rama
May 05 – Gettysburg, PA – Majestic LeVan PAC
May 06 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
May 07 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
May 09 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head on Stage
May 10 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head on Stage
May 11 – Richmond, VA – Carpenter Theatre
May 14 – East Lansing, MI – Wharton Center
May 15 – Elkhart, IN – Lerner Theatre
Jun 03 – Buffalo, NY – Kleinhans Music Hall
Jun 04 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center
Jun 05 – Bimghampton, NY – Broome County Forum Theatre
Jun 07 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse
Jun 08 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Jun 09 – Portsmouth, NH – Music Hall
Jun 11 – Utica, NY – Stanley Theatre
Jun 12 – York, PA – Strand Theatre
Jun 13 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theatre
Jul 19 – Oak Bluffs, MA – Martha’s Vineyard PAC
Oct 09 – Collingswood, NH – Scottish Rite Auditorium

Related: Read the back story of Lightfoot’s hit “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

Lightfoot was awarded Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Companion of the Order of Canada, in 2003, and is pictured on his own Canadian postage stamp. Dylan once said, “I can’t think of any Gordon Lightfoot song I don’t like. Every time I hear a song of his, it’s like I wish it would last forever.” Kris Kristofferson says, “Gordon has created some of the most beautiful and lasting music of our time.” The Guess Who recorded a song titled “Lightfoot” in 1968 that used many of his song titles in its lyrics. A 2003 multi-artist salute to him, Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot, featured such noted acts as Cowboy Junkies, Maria Muldaur, the Tragically Hip, Jesse Winchester, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Murray McLauchlan and others.

“The term legend is overused way too often,” Lightfoot has said. “I’ve certainly been around a long time and been at it now over 50 years, but I don’t consider myself a legend. I’m a guy who likes to sing my songs in front of people who want to hear them. I work at what I do and I enjoy it,” he says.

Watch Gordon Lightfoot perform “Sundown”

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  1. Pete
    #1 Pete 16 November, 2018, 12:44

    Great to hear about this tour; a friend of mine were just talking about Gordon & his great music; we would love to see him ~ !

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    • Jane
      Jane 18 November, 2018, 06:13

      I saw Gordon three years ago and he was wonderful. His voice is still strong and he kept his audience captivated. If you get a chance to see him in concert, don’t miss it!

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      • Watchman's Gone
        Watchman's Gone 14 May, 2019, 20:47

        Long time fan, have many, many of his albums. Saw Lightfoot last June ’18 and was shocked to hear how weak and frail his voice has become. Loved seeing Gord and his band thou. Really miss Terry on lead guitar. Left the Hall that night feeling quite sad, Gordon’s time has passed. I’ll just listen to his recordings now.

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        • Tutu Bonnie
          Tutu Bonnie 12 September, 2019, 23:44

          Watchman’s Gone,
          I understand how you feel. I saw Judy Collins a few months ago at a small venue in Indiana and I left feeling sad. I’ll always be a fan, she is so much than her music. She is a wonderful person. But, at age 80, it’s time for her to retire. She does a lot of writing and painting now, I would hope that could satisfy her creativity.
          We will always love or idols, but none of us stay young forever.

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  2. Abba2971
    #2 Abba2971 28 April, 2019, 12:37

    I look forward to the doc coming out on DVD

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  3. Sam
    #3 Sam 26 July, 2019, 00:46

    If you missed seeing Gordon Lightfoot you have miss the best in music…do not wait.

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  4. Bruce
    #4 Bruce 24 October, 2019, 20:42

    My favorite artist. His voice, the lyrics, the WONDERFUL acoustic guitar music. It’s heaven. Dylan had it right: you NEVER tire of it. You want it to last forever.

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  5. Gail
    #5 Gail 18 December, 2019, 02:23

    Sadly nothing on the West Coast….but keep on singing Mr. Lightfoot

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