1996 Tour Summary
A total of 48 different songs were played during the tour.
All of this information is based on a sample of 19 setlists that were posted for the tour, so if anyone heard anything that isn't listed here, I'd be more than happy to add the song to the list. In brackets following the song is the number of times the song appeared in the 18 setlists to give you an idea of their frequency.
Three albums were shut out completely - Sunday Concert; Endless Wire and Salute. Waiting For You, being the most recent album, garnered the most play as might be expected. But Shadows had an equal number of songs (6) represented on the tour, which goes to prove that it remains among Lightfoot's most popular.
Only one new song appeared on the spring leg of the tour, that being My Little Love, which made it into only one show. Two other unreleased songs, Much To My Surprise and Drifters made numerous appearences, with Much To My Surprise being dropped from the setlists about halfway through the tour. Only one show (Hagerstown, MD) had no unreleased songs played.
When the tour resumed in November there were five more new songs being performed. They were On Yonge Street; Boathouse; A Painter Passing Through; Uncle Toad Said and a new cover song; I Used To Be A Country Singer. All of the new songs played this year are rumoured to be strong contenders for the new album, with the possible exception of My Little Love. A Painter Passing Through may prove to be the title cut.
Triangle was the opening song on the first night of the tour, but did not reappear the rest of the way. The House You Live In had the opening slot for the remainder of the spring tour, but 14 Karat Gold took that honor for the fall shows. Seven encore songs were used at various times. Old Dan's Records; Cold On The Shoulder; Baby Step Back; Beautiful; Pussywillows Cat-tails; Ring Them Bells and Bitter Green. Ode To Big Blue was played only once during the year, that being at opening night at Massey Hall. It was used only once in 1995 and that too was at opening night at Massey Hall.
Songs which appeared to be dropped from regular rotation in the setlist during the fall tour, to make room for the new songs were Shadows; Baby Step Back; Wild Strawberries and Cotton Jenny.