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Old 04-12-2019, 09:23 AM   #1
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I went to a Gordon Lightfoot concert last evening. It was labeled as the "80 Years Strong" tour. It was nice for the memories but at 81 his voice is getting thin. I suspected as much but went more as a tribute to this legendary song writer. It will probably be the last time I see him live. He looks pretty bloody good for 81!


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I have liked Gordon since the first time I heard him in 1970.Saw him at Red Rocks in 1974 when he was on his game. Every body's voice falls off over the years. Saw Judy Collins a few years ago and it only took one or two songs for her voice to warm up. Paul Simon, last year at age 76 only took one song to get good. Stephan Stills on the other hand is an embarrassment to listen to.
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It is always a little sad to see an aging legend with an aging voice, but still worth it if you really appreciate their talent and what they contributed to the music scene.


I saw Jethro Tull last year (one of my favorite bands ever), and it was obvious that Ian Anderson could not sing in the range that he enjoyed in his younger days. Still, it was worth every penny in my opinion.
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I saw BB King a few months before he passed away. His voice was actually pretty good but he could barely play his guitar. He had to come on stage in a wheelchair. It was kind of sad to see but i would have never passed on that opportunity to see him. A friend of mine was in the band that opened for him and myself and my old high school drummer got free tickets from him. We actually sat at a table with BB's son. It was quite a night. Unfortunately, all of them (except BB's son) have passed away. The friend in that band, my drummer, BB. Very bittersweet for me.
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For many, many years BB King could only sing when he wasn't playing Lucille.
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Well, at least he wasn't off key, he just lacked the power of his youth.

His songs have been recorded by renowned artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Herb Alpert, Harry Belafonte, Scott Walker, Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Jack Jones, Bobby Vee, Roger Whittaker, Tony Rice, Peter, Paul and Mary, Glen Campbell, The Irish Rovers, Nico, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Weller, Nine Pound Hammer, Ultra Naté, The Tragically Hip, and The Unintended.


Not a bad record!
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My favorites are early morning rain, ribbon of darkness and of course the railroad trilogy.
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It is always a little sad to see an aging legend with an aging voice, but still worth it if you really appreciate their talent and what they contributed to the music scene.


I saw Jethro Tull last year (one of my favorite bands ever), and it was obvious that Ian Anderson could not sing in the range that he enjoyed in his younger days. Still, it was worth every penny in my opinion.
There are still a few of the greats that can still put it out all these years later, Ann Wilson of Heart, Jon Anderson of Yes, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Steve Winwood, and Boz Skaggs.
Some like Van Morrison have still remained viable singers even though their voice isn't as good.
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My favorites are early morning rain, ribbon of darkness and of course the railroad trilogy.

Mine are Yarmouth Castle, The Edmond Fitzgerald, The Rail Road Trilogy, The Patriots Song, Boss Man; Oh, Oh, once I start thinking about it most are old favorites!
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81 is just too old to be touring! Read recently that the Stones current tour has been interrupted by health issues and all I could think of is they shoulda hung it up 20+ years ago. I gave up on them after about '73 myself but they didn't care! I'm glad these old stars are singers though instead of dancers, or boxers or pornstars because there's just some professions it's best to retire before it gets silly to be performing.
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81 is just too old to be touring! Read recently that the Stones current tour has been interrupted by health issues and all I could think of is they shoulda hung it up 20+ years ago. I gave up on them after about '73 myself but they didn't care! I'm glad these old stars are singers though instead of dancers, or boxers or pornstars because there's just some professions it's best to retire before it gets silly to be performing.
I think it's great he keeps going! It gives those of us that followed him for a lifetime a chance to return the favor by showing up, not for a great performance but to say we still love you and we still care! We want to say thank you. I have witnessed "retirement" kill to many people! Work is what they live for! I got to shake his hand and thank him for being a part of my life for 50 years. He was there in my adolescence, through my young adulthood, marriage, children, divorce and middle age. He started before me but we have aged together. I am grateful to have been afforded the chance to say "Thank You!" before he is gone. After 50 years, he is like a distant relative. I'm from East Coast of Canada where our Grand Fathers would entertain us with fiddles, pipes or guitar & we begged them, for yet, one more tune! We never dreamed they were too old! Gordon Lightfoot is like that for me now. He will never be to old for me to love.
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