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Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Less than a week before his 77th birthday, troubadour Gordon Lightfoot stepped up to the mic in front of a sold-out Troy Savings Bank Music Hall audience (my second trip in two days to this wonderful concert hall). His soft baritone voice was matched perfectly by the musicians of his backing band.
Despite his age and health issues, Lightfoot’s voice is remarkably preserved; owing to his easy style which never seems to push it beyond its limits. You could close your eyes and be transported back to see the man who wrote and performed these songs as the younger man he was then. While his appearance on stage is thin and wispy, his two-set, 25-song show demonstrated a strength not readily apparent.
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October 12th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg
Gordon Lightfoot has been on the road for some 50 active years of hit-song-making and audience pleasing. By now his international album sales are well into the multi-millions, too. So it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot shares the top of quite of few lists of all-time greats in the music business. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold on the Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name” and “Summertime Dream,” to name a few.
He refers to his current series of concerts as the “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour” and each stop lets him feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics – all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.
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The audience slowly settled into their seats as the buzz of chitchat slowly climbed and filled the Troy Saving Bank Music Hall all the way up past the second balcony and box seats. Practically all of the seats were filled, and the crowd’s anticipation for the star performer was almost at a boiling point.
There was no opening act – only the headliner and his band were playing that night. The lights flickered on and off. The stragglers n the lobby took their seats. Within minutes, the band walked out, followed by Gordon Lightfoot, who took center stage in the spotlight’s glare to the warm embrace of applause.
After the cheering died down, Lightfoot opened fire. From the start, his biggest ’70s hits took flight. The opening pairing of “Did She Mention My Name” and “Carefree Highway” shimmered, and the mesmerized crowd that filled the hall seemed to hang on every note.
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