Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Tuesday night at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit. The set list from the show is now available.
A review of the show from the Oakland Press: “Review: Jimmy Buffett starts the weekend early at DTE”
“Starting the weekend early” is how Jimmy Buffett described his annual visit to the metro area on Tuesday night, July 11, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. And the Parrotheads certainly proved him correct throughout the two-hour show — and even before.
Buffett and his 11-member Coral Reefer Band provided more than just a soundtrack to the festivities, though the two-hour, 24-song show gave the Parrotheads the desired combination of party songs and sea chanteys. But chilling the theatrics and scripted elements of previous summer outings, it was also a testament to the depth of the singer’s 47-year catalog, a combination of his own rich songwriting — never better than on ballads such as “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor,” “A Pirate Looks At 40” and “Come Monday” — and smartly chosen covers.
Buffett pandered unapologetically to the home crowd all night, from a “Hello, Pine Knob!” at the start of the show to several lyrical alterations nodding to Detroit and Michigan in general. And for the group’s rendition of McAnally’s “Back Where I Come From,” the rear-stage video screen showed images of the Detroit skyline as well as images of area icons from Bob Seger and Aretha Franklin to Glenn Frey, Mike Ilitch, Gordie Howe and Michigan and Michigan State football.