Gordon Lightfoot Postpones Tour Due to Injury

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Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, who turned 80 in November 2018, has announced that he is again postponing a number of tour dates on his current outing, due to a leg injury. In a post on his Facebook page on September 11, Lightfoot’s social media team notes that he “needs more time to heal and is following doctor’s orders. Tour dates will not resume until October 24.”

The post goes on to say that “postponed dates will be rescheduled for 2020.” Lightfoot’s management is working to reschedule the cancelled concerts.

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 premiered April 27 at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto.

To check on future tour dates, and to purchase tickets, go here and here.

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.

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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