Canadian folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot is heading south of the border for a fall U.S. tour that will see him visiting a variety of cities in the Western U.S. The trek gets under way tonight in West Wendover, Nevada, and runs through an October 4 performance in Portland, Oregon.
The lauded singer/songwriter tells ABC News Radio that, at the age of 75, he's enjoying playing concerts more than he ever has. "I guess it's the quality that I'm seeing in our performances which we're achieving," he explains. "You know, I'm at a new height in the way we perform the material."
Lightfoot points out that since he's fulfilled all of his recording obligations, he now puts most of his creative attention toward his live show. "[My band mates and I] begin to do research into the back end of the catalog and pull out a few gems that have been missed along the way and present those along with the regular material," he says, "and it makes for a pretty interesting show."
Gordon's last album of original tunes, 2004's Harmony, was released more than 10 years ago, but don't expect to see new material soon. Lightfoot says writing and recording a new studio effort isn't a priority.
"Some of the responsibility that I've accrued in my career with my family obligations really is what slows me down in that regard," he explains. "At the age that I'm at right now, since we're doing so well with our tour…I sometimes wonder if I really wanna do [a new album]."
He adds, "I mess around with tunes, though. I can still play with melodies. I can still compose. But to throw an album together, you know, it eats up a lot of time and you gotta think about the family."
Lightfoot fans likely remember that the singer nearly died after suffering an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen in 2002, which sidelined him for two-and-a-half years. He tells ABC News Radio that after going through that experience, "I can appreciate the fact that I'm recovered and I'm back working again. I'm thankful."
After wrapping up his U.S. trek, Gordon will mount a major fall tour of his home country that kicks off October 21 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and comes to a close with a November 26-29 stand at Toronto's famed Massey Hall. Lightfoot also has lined up a trio of dates in Florida this coming February.
Here's a complete list of Lightfoot's forthcoming tour dates:
9/19 -- West Wendover, NV, Peppermill Casino
9/20 -- Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
9/21 -- Grand Junction, CO, Two Rivers Convention Center
9/22 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center
9/24 -- Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
9/25 -- Santa Cruz, CA, Rio Theatre
9/26 -- San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
9/27 -- Beverly Hills, CA, Saban Theatre
9/28 -- Anaheim, CA, City National Grove of Anaheim
9/30 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Christopher Cohan Hall
10/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Crest Theatre
10/2 -- San Francisco, CA, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
10/3 -- Medford, OR, The Craterian Theater
10/4 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/21 -- Nanaimo, BC, Canada, The Port Theatre
10/22 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/23 -- Victoria, BC, Canada, Royal Theatre
10/24 -- Duncan, BC, Canada, Cowichan Theatre
10/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Canada, Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/26 -- Kamloops, BC, Canada, Sagebrush Theatre
10/28 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/29 -- Kelowna, BC, Canada, Kelowna Community Theatre
10/31 -- Trail, BC, Canada, Charles Bailey Theatre
11/1 -- Lethbridge, AB, Canada, Enmax Centre
11/2 -- Edmonton, AB, Canada, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
11/3 -- Calgary, AB, Canada, Jack Singer Hall
11/6 -- Saskatoon, SK, Canada, TCU Place
11/7 -- Regina, SK, Canada, Casino Regina Show Lounge
11/8 -- Winnipeg, MB, Canada, MTS Centre
11/20 -- Montreal, QC, Canada, Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place Des Arts
11/21 -- Cornwall, ON, Canada, Aultsville Theatre
11/22 -- Ottawa, ON, Canada, National Arts Centre - Southam Hall
11/26-29 -- Toronto, ON, Canada, Massey Hall
2/12/15 -- Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
2/14/15 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
2/15/15 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse
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