Buffett performs at the Moda Center in Portland

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their 2014 This One’s For You Tour on Thursday night at the The Moda Center in Portland OR. The set list from the show is now available.

From Oregonlive.com: “Jimmy Buffett entertains the Parrotheads at the Moda Center” (some photos are available)

Curious where the term Parrothead came from?

According to Buffett lore, the term was hatched in 1985 after Buffett compared his followers to the Deadheads — the legendary followers of the Grateful Dead. Buffett recalls the moment (via fan site BuffetNews.com):

“Timothy B. Schmidt (the Eagles bass player) was in the band, and we were playing a venue outside of Cincinnati called King’s Island. People had already started wearing Hawaiian shirts to our shows, but we looked out at this Cincinnati crowd, and they were glaringly brilliant to the point where it got our attention immediately. I said “Look at that!” Then Schmidt says to me, “They look like Deadheads in tropical suits. They’re like Parrot Heads!” He yelled to me in the middle of a song. So I immediately took the term and threw it over the microphone – the people identified themselves with the term from the get-go.”

A couple of things I learned from security folks at the Moda Center on Tuesday:

They had a few people on laser patrol. I guess it’s a thing to bring those small laser pointers to concerts and Jimmy Buffett really hates them. Portland doesn’t seem like a laser town to me, but maybe I’m just getting old.
Jimmy Buffett is cool with beach balls in the crowd, but don’t dare get one near the stage. Security was instructed to pop ’em if they got too close.

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