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WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17
TICKETS: $40, $50 and $70
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Canadian folk icon Gordon Lightfoot said when fans come to see him Monday night at the Clay Center they can plan on a little over two hours of entertainment with about a 20-minute break in between sets.
The 73-year-old singer/songwriter said, "I know how long to stay and when it's time to go."
"People could bring their pillows," he joked.
The temptation to go longer is always there, but he thinks two hours is enough for everyone. It gives people what they came to hear, his standards like "Ribbon of Darkness" or "Early Morning Rain" and a few others, without wearing out his welcome.
After more than 50 years on the road, Lightfoot said he still enjoys going out and doing shows, but how he approaches touring has changed.
"It's a little different now," he acknowledged. "We go out for 15 shows at a time, then take six weeks off."
During the height of his career 30 and 40 years ago, Lightfoot said he and his band would go out on tour whether or not they had a record to promote. Now, he takes it easy on himself and everyone around him. They travel by bus, truck and an airplame.
"The airplane carries the band, the bus carries the crew, and the truck carries the equipment."
And he doesn't like being gone too long from Toronto, his home for much of his career. Toronto was the heart of the Canadian music in the 1960s when he started. "That's where I wrote and learned a lot of songs."