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SCRAWLER: The Biebs shines as Gordon Lightfoot waits for coast to clear


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Either way the museum is working on getting a piece of that performance and putting it on display in Stratford for the fans to enjoy.


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Lets just call it the Careful Highway for legendary Gordon Lightfoot.

The folk music legend was set to do an online concert to help entertain and boost the morale of his millions of fans around the world, but then came the second wave of the pandemic.

“We were getting ready to a concert at the amazing El Mocambo Oct. 24th when the new lockdown came into effect,” Gord said this week. “So everything is put on hold.”

But the band is still rehearsing and getting ready to do it as soon as they can find a date post the 28-day lockdown.

“We are trying to stay sharp,” the 81-year-old Canadian icon said.

Gordon Lightfoot in his music room in his Bridle Path home on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Lightfoot is releasing his 21st album “Solo” on March 20th. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

The band normally drops by his home for jam sessions but this time they booked the Canterbury Studios for two days to run through the set list.

“It’s like a military operation,” joked Lightfoot. “We don’t want anybody in the band or crew to contract COVID-19, so there are many precautions,” he said.

Those precautions include having each band member inside their own studio connected to one another by earphones.

Whether it’s Carefree Highway, Sundown, If You Could Read my Mind or the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, it was rehearsed not with social distancing but social separating.

Lightfoot, who just released his 21st album in the middle of the pandemic, said once the coast is clear the band will hit the road again.

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