Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane hosted the screening for the movie “Rock the Kasbah” on Friday August 28th in East Hampton NY. Pictured in the photo: Musician Bruce Springsteen, former U.S President Bill Clinton, musician Jimmy Buffett, screenwriter Barry Levinson, and actor Bill Murray.
Open Road Films’s new comedy “Rock the Kasbah,” starring Bill Murray, Kate Hudson and Bruce Willis, debuted at the United Artist Theater in East Hampton, N.Y. on Friday night for a special sneak preview. The screening — presented by the Peggy Siegel Company and hosted by famed singer Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jane — was a crowd pleaser. Guests raved about Murray’s funny yet heartfelt performance as a washed up rock manager.
But it was the post-screening after party at the Blue Parrot Bar & Grill that drew the most buzz. A star-studded guest list that included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and President Bill Clinton joined the film’s cast to celebrate the pic and enjoy a casual nightcap. All eyes were on Clinton. The 42nd president of the United States received the most attention and selfie requests from the partygoers. Even the musicians and actors seemed to be starstruck.
“It’s very exciting that the President is here,” Murray told Variety at the party. “It’s an honor to meet him and get to talk to him.”
Murray greeted Clinton with a firm handshake and shared a lighthearted conversation. The two posed for photos and then Willis and his wife Emma introduced themselves to the president. Clinton made his way to the Blue Parrot’s outdoor dinning area where McCartney, Springsteen and Buffett stood in a circle socializing amongst a crowd of partygoers. Clinton joined in on the conversation with the prolific musicians and briefly chatted. Meanwhile, Mellencamp was in a corner socializing with some friends and Bon Jovi worked the room, conversing with all the guests.
Read the article on the screening: “Bill Clinton, McCartney and Springsteen attend Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ screening”
From the Wall Street Journal: “Bill Murray’s ‘Rock the Kasbah’ Party Is the Stuff of Rock ‘n’ Roll Legends. Afterparty brings out John Mellencamp, Jon Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett and more”
Mr. Buffett who had just finished chatting with former President Clinton, said he doesn’t get any preshow jitters, either.
His usual routine: “I have a shot of tequila and a nap.”
“I’m not nervous, I’m aware,” Mr. Buffett said. “Years ago, I learned two things: never forget to duck and never forget it can go to hell at any moment.”