Buffett Backs New Orleans in Superbowl

The Times-Picayune has an article “Jimmy Buffett bleeds black and gold for the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints

Among celebrity New Orleans Saints fans, perhaps none bleeds black and gold as profusely, and for as long, as Jimmy Buffett.

In 1967, the then-unknown, 20-year-old singer-songwriter took a break from Bourbon Street to attend the Saints franchise’s first regular season game in Tulane Stadium.

Nearly 43 years later, Buffett, now a multifaceted, multi-millionaire entertainer/ entrepreneur, piloted his own Falcon 900 jet from an island in the South Pacific to New Orleans for the NFC Championship Game.

In between was “43 years of Lent,” Buffett said this week. “But once I went to that first game, they were my team for life.”

His celebrity – and the fact that Saints coach Sean Payton is a fan — affords Buffett opportunities not available to the average Who Dat. He celebrated the Saints’ Jan. 24 victory over the Vikings in the locker room.

Buffett followed the Saints’ Jan. 16 divisional playoff against the Arizona Cardinals via a “funky” internet connection on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora, where he was shooting a DVD.

To beat the Colts, Buffett believes the Saints must “have one of those games that they’re capable of having. You saw it against New England and the Giants. Those aren’t flukes.

Months later, the Saints are in the Super Bowl. But thanks to a new sponsorship deal with a financial services company, the host stadium is now known as Sun Life Stadium.

“The only thing that would have been better is if we could have kept it as Land Shark Stadium,” Buffett said. “That would have been wonderful. But I’m happy enough.”

Buffett Performs at Saints Tailgate

Jimmy Buffett performed a few songs in the parking lot prior to the NFC championship game between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

From NewOrleans.com: “Senor Parrothead visits Who Dat nation in the shadow of the Superdome

It only goes to prove that you never know who you’ll meet in a parking lot outside a Saints game. Tailgaters crowded around a dusty flatbed stage under a freeway ramp Sunday were not only treated to a historic Saints victory. They also got to catch a couple of songs from Parrothead-in-chief Jimmy Buffett.

Local Y’at jukebox band the Creole String Beans were playing a tailgate party last Sunday afternoon on the back of a beat-up flatbed truck for the Down Undas tailgating club. While the band was on a break, a car drove up, delivering New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival producer Quint Davis and Who Dat fan Jimmy Buffett to the party.

Buffett climbed up onto the flatbed and discussed possible covers with the band. They settled on the Frankie Ford classic, “Sea Cruise.”

“He added special lyrics of ‘Who Dat’ and ‘Drew Brees,'” Savoy said. “Overall he rocked it, the crowd went wild and swelled to triple its original size. The official oyster shucker, Shukah Khan, offered him a raw oyster between verses. He borrowed a guitar and said, “‘Margaritaville’ in D.”

Article on the Bora Bora Shows

Midweek has an article on the Bora Bora shows in Tahiti last week “Uncle Tom’s Gabbin’ by Tom Moffatt

IT BEGAN IN 1982 when I took Jimmy Buffett to perform in Tahiti at the O’tac in Papeete. After the show Monte Brown, a friend from Kona who was GM of Hotel Bora Bora, invited our party to spend a few days at his beautiful hotel. While there, we all enjoyed an evening at the island’s newest restaurant, Bloody Mary’s.

It finally happened … after Jimmy’s surprise concert at Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber in Waikiki, we headed for Tahiti for the show’s last weekend at Bloody Mary’s. Thanks to managers Craig Gould and Rick Guenett, and owner Dexter Hewett, all proceeds from ticket sales are being donated to build a playground for the children of Bora Bora. And thanks to another dear friend Francis Teai, the Tahitian government provided the best technical equipment to make it a truly first-class presentation. And Gabilou flew in from Papeete to provide a special introduction.

Needless to say, it was very special with Jimmy concluding his performance with a rousing One Particular Harbor.

Walking to New Orleans on Radio Margaritaville

“Walking to New Orleans” is Paul Leslie’s 330 mile walk from the Margaritaville Cafe Panama City Beach in Florida all the way to an undetermined location in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Paul will be walking from January 31, 2010 to February 14, 2010 to raise money to help rebuild the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans still recovering five years after Hurricane Katrina. The walk has been mentioned on over 60 radio stations nationwide as well as in newspapers, magazines, and on television.

Miles Hampton of Radio Margaritaville will be presenting an interview with Paul Leslie on Saturday, January 23, 2010 during the 7PM to 1AM (ET) slot. SIRIUS 31 / XM 55 / Dish Network Channel 6031. Or you can listen from anywhere in the world on http://www.radiomargaritaville.com

Dennis King (DK the DJ) will be presenting an interview with Paul Leslie on the Island Time radio show on Monday, January 25, 2010 from 10PM to 1AM on WBWC the Sting 88.3. Hear the webcast worldwide http://www.wbwc.com

Encores also heard on: RADIO JIMMY DREAMZ
http://www.radiojimmydreamz.com

Walking to New Orleans is Sponsored by Margaritaville Tequila.
For more information please visit http://www.NOLAwalk.com

Buffett to Attend NFC Championship

According to a report by Poker News Daily Jimmy Buffett will be attending the NFC Championship between the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Darvin Moon to Attend NFC Championship with Jimmy Buffet, Kenny Chesney

This weekend, the New Orleans Saints will host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:40pm ET on Sunday and the game will air on Fox. Among those in attendance will be 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event runner-up Darvin Moon.

Moon will be seated in a luxury box in the Louisiana Superdome, home of the Saints, alongside several top-tier names. Headlining the list is singer Jimmy Buffet, whose bevy of hit singles include “Margaritaville,” “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” which he recorded with country superstar Alan Jackson. Buffet’s career has spanned 40 years and resulted in a bevy of chart-topping hits. He even has his own restaurant chain, Margaritaville, which has a location inside the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip.

Margaritaville Niagra Falls to open this year

From Buffalo Business First: “Margaritaville is pulling into Niagara Falls

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Cafe has selected Niagara Falls as the site for its first Canadian restaurant. Margaritaville Canada Ltd. has signed a lease with the owners of the Skylon Tower to open the 14,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant on Fallsview Avenue, across from the Niagara Fallsview Casino and Resort.

Margaritaville is scheduled to open by late spring or early summer, said George Davidson, Margaritaville Canada president and chief executive officer.

The restaurant is moving into the site of the former Wolfgang Puck’s Cafe, which closed last summer.

The End of LandShark Stadium

The naming rights for the stadium that the Miami Dolphins play in have been given to Sun Life Financial for $7.5 million per year for 5 years. This ends the one year deal signed in May 2009 with Jimmy Buffett for Landshark Stadium.

From the Palm Beach Post: “Miami Dolphins’ home will have a new name: Sun Life Stadium

Dolphin Stadium has another new name, but this one should last for the next five years. The Dolphins have reached agreement with Sun Life Financial — a Canadian financial-services company — to rename their home Sun Life Stadium just in time for the team to host the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31 and the Super Bowl on Feb. 7.

The stadium last season was named Land Shark Stadium, after the beer marketed by Jimmy Buffett. The stadium was named Joe Robbie Stadium after then-owner Joe Robbie when it opened in 1987. It later was known as Pro Player Park (when a clothing line bought the naming rights), Pro Player Stadium, Dolphins Stadium and Dolphin Stadium.

From the Miami Herald: “Dolphin Stadium officially becomes Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday