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Thread #103100   Message #2096040
Posted By: vlmagee
06-Jul-07 - 07:46 PM
Thread Name: Gordon Lightfoot
Subject: RE: Gordon Lightfoot
Tom May will not be there, much to his chagrin. He had a gig scheduled and although he tried to change it he could not. He did get to see Lightfoot last year in Vancouver.

Speaking of Tom May, he and David Rea (lead guitar on Lightfoot's first album) are doing a Lightfoot tribute show at the newly developed Timberline Lodge Ampitheatre at Mt. Hood on Tuesday, August 21st, from 3-5PM, just a few days before the Lightfoot concert. Tom and David will be joined by the bassmeister, Donnie Wright.

This tribute will consist of songs from throughout Lightfoot's long career. If you have heard the album Lightfoot!, David's guitar riffs will be instantly recognizable. There's a tantalizing sample of that on the OPR video on Tom's home page at tommayfolk.com, or you can click here (the short sample of For Lovin' Me is at about 3 minutes into the clip).

Speaking of Tom May, he and Dick Weissman just had a book published. It's called, "Promoting Your Music: The Lovin' of the Game", and it is full of information on every aspect of the music business, from two men who know it well. It also features interviews with a number of others including Gordon Lightfoot.

As far as Lightfoot shows are concerned, I am what is known as a "Lighthead": a devoted fan, and one who sees more than one concert a year even if travel is involved. (Of course any fan is a Lighthead as far as I am concerned). I have lost count of how many shows I have seen, the most recent being last November at Massey Hall in Toronto. My husband even made the trip.

Lightfoot not only survived a serious aneurism back in 2002, but he suffered a TIA (transient, usually minor, stroke) last Fall which left him unable to use several fingers on his picking hand. Believe it or not, that didn't stop him, and with his able band the shows continued. As of early this year, he had recovered completely from that. The man is amazing. As has already been said here, you don't want to miss the chance to see someone like him play live.