Buffett Performs in Omaha

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha NE (the last time he performed there was in 1985). The set list included the debut of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” for the final encore.

From the Omaha World-Herald: “A special guest at Buffett concert

An unbilled guest star appeared on-stage with Jimmy Buffett at his concert Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Warren Buffett, coming off his recent performance at the Omaha Press Club Show, took the stage again, but this time he didn’t sing nor did he play his famous ukulele.

Instead, Warren Buffett jokingly welcomed everyone to the Berkshire Hathaway stockholders meeting.

At that point, Jimmy interjected, telling Warren that the meeting was actually next month.

This is not the first joint appearance by the two Buffetts, who are not related, though they confess to being longtime fans of one another. At the 2007 annual Berkshire meeting, in a movie shown before the start of the session, one snippet included Warren playing his ukulele with Jimmy on guitar.

During the concert, Jimmy Buffett jokingly made repeated references to Berkshire and to his “distant cousin” Warren Buffett. The crowd roared every time.

From the Omaha World-Herald: “Jimmy Buffett plays to Parrotheads at sold-out show

Jimmy Buffett delivered his tropical tunes and his “Fins” fans ate it all up.

While the rain raged outside of CenturyLink Center Omaha, Buffett made the arena feel like an island getaway.

For more than two hours, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band entertained the crowd with its songs about margaritas, cheeseburgers, pirates, parrots, harbors, Mondays, fruitcakes and fins.

Part of the fans’ excitement came because it was Buffett’s first public Omaha performance since 1985.

“Something tells me there have been people preparing for this for a long time,” Buffett said. “It is great to be back in Omaha and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I promise it won’t be this long before I’m back again.”

Buffett offered a lot of jokes in between songs and told about how he wrote his tunes. He also made lots of references to “cousin Warren,” eating at Piccolo Pete’s and the stormy weather outside both between songs and by subbing Omaha-friendly lyrics during some songs.

The fans screamed and cheered every time. I’ve never seen an artist receive that kind of open and absolute affection from a crowd.

“I’ve felt the love here for a long time,” Buffett said. “I’m glad we got to do it here tonight.”