Canadian Legend Gordon Lightfoot ‘s ’80 Years Strong Tour’ Coming to Kleinhans in Buffalo

Date Set for Monday, October 28th at 8 p.m. for Gordon Lightfoot at Kleinhans Music Hall

*Tickets for this event will be on sale beginning Friday, August 2 at 10 A.M.

Posted July 31st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

One of Gordon Lightfoot’s collections of his many classic songs

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter ajnd publisher Doug Draper –

You may read this as a plug for Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, but it is really a free plug from a fan for one of the greatest singer/songwriters Canada has produced over the past 50 or 60 years since folk artists like Peter, Paul & Mary and Ian & Sylvia introduced Lightfoot classics like Early Morning Rain and For Lovin’ Me to legions of people who soon would be fans around the world.

This very first Lightfoot album, released in early 1966, was the introduction to the greatness of this artist for many who came of age in the sixties.

Another great Canadian recording artist, Randy Bachman, a co-founder of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and host of the CBC Radio program Vinyl Tap, has said many times on his program that if one of the legends that we love from decades gone by brings a show to a town somewhere near you, go out and see them while you still can because it may not happen again.

So as “strong” as Gordon Lightfoot may be at the age of 80, here is an opportunity for people in the Niagara, Ontario and Western New York area to go see and celebrate one of the great ones while we can., in one of the region’s best music halls.

That is my plug and now here is the Kleinhans Music Hall’s announcement of Gordon Lightfoot’s date –

After more than 50 years of hit song making and international success, esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot brings his “80 Years Strong” tour to Buffalo.

Over his career, Lightfoot has crafted a vast song catalog that includes folk-pop hits such as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Commemorating his milestone birthday in November, Lightfoot’s “80 Years Strong” tour will feature his most well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics. Woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes, the event is sure to thrill anyone who enjoys great music and experiencing a living musical legend.


Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for over 50 years, earning him Radio Singles chart positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in both the US and Canada have earned many #1, Top 10 and Top 40 rankings.

‘Sundown’ was not only the name of one of Lightfoot’s biggest hits, but was also the name of one of his most successful albums during the 1970s.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists, including Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand and many more.

In June of 2012, Lightfoot was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s.

In his native Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian including the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. Gordon is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Endorsed by prominent artists like Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy Buffett, Gordon Lightfoot is perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time.

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A Brief Afterword from Doug Draper –

Following what turned out to be race riots, fueled by poverty and oppression, in the streets of Detroit in 1967, Gordon Lightfoot wrote and recorded a song called “Black Day in July.” The song was released as a single and although it did well on the charts in Canada and received some airplay in the United States, it was banned on many U.S. radio stations.

Although I have seen  Lightfoot in concert about a half a dozen times, I have never heard him perform this song live. Yet I think that ‘Black Day in July’ stands high up on the list of songs that captured the chaos and rebellion that played out on urban street, and on college and university campuses through the mid-to-late 1960s as demonstrations over racial injustice and war raged on.

You can click on the screen below to hear Black Day in July and watch some of the images from the times that inspired it –

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