Buffett spends New Year’s Eve with Paul McCartney

From the New York Post: “How the biggest celebrities spent New Year’s Eve

The most over-the-top New Year’s Eve bash on the jet-set circuit was once again Roman Abramovich’s soiree in St. Barts, where guests welcomed 2017 as Sir Paul McCartney sang “Auld Lang Syne” with Jimmy Buffett.

The Beatle had climbed onstage as a surprise performer earlier in the evening during a set by the Killers held in a villa in the Gustavia section of the island.

McCartney captured the audience’s stunned response, saying from the stage, “What is going on?” before he and the band’s lead singer, Brandon Flowers, performed The Beatles’ 1968 hit, “Helter Skelter.” The rock ’n’ roll icon was also spotted dancing up a storm with his wife, Nancy Shevell, on the villa’s terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Russian billionaire’s other guests included model Karlie Kloss, Stella McCartney, actress Carey Lowell, Calvin Klein, Jann Wenner, photographer Johnny Pigozzi, and John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth.

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Sail on “Uncle Tom” Moffatt

Legendary Hawaii concert promoter and radio DJ Tom “Uncle Tom” Moffatt passed away in the comfort of his home on Monday. He was 85 years young.

Jimmy Buffett posted on Facebook while visiting Cuba this week: Tom Moffatt was the voice of Hawaii to locals and visitors alike. As a promoter, he brought every kind of music imaginable to the islands. I happened to be one of those lucky coconuts that dropped from his tree.

The first time I ever played for him was in October 1979, opening for the Eagles at Aloha stadium. When I met Tom the first time at that gig, I remember thinking, “This guy has the best job in the world. He lives in paradise, plays music on the radio and promotes shows under the stars.” It wasn’t long before we were doing more than business together. We became friends. (continue reading)

From Venues Today: Moffatt was a true gentleman and everyone liked him, to the extent that big name acts like Elton John and Jimmy Buffett wouldn’t play Hawaii with anyone but Moffatt. Bradley recalled when Moffatt took Buffett to Tahiti many, many years ago and when they landed, they asked the venue manager how many tickets had been sold. He said, “None, but we’ve had some phone calls.”

Moffatt and Buffett immediately hit the street handing out flyers and saved the day. That was before Tahiti became a good routing option, especially for reggae.

Photo: Buffett and Tom Moffatt on the set of Hawaii Five-0 back in 2013 (read more).

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Sail on Merle Haggard

Country music legend Merle Haggard passed away yesterday on his 79th birthday.

Jimmy Buffett did a cover of Merle Haggard’s Silver Wings on the album “Take The Weather With You” back in 2006.

Buffett had this to say about Haggard and the song Silver Wings: “It’s interesting and I’m glad that people have picked me up on country radio after two or three failed careers in country. I have always loved those traditional songs and Merle Haggard is still out there doing it. Those you know, what do you say about Merle Haggard, I mean, a living legend.”

“That as I said before, one day I will do Early Morning Rain, but Silver Wings and Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain are my favorite two airplane country songs. So as a pilot I thought, as spending a lot of time in a plane and flying a plane around, we pilots like certain kinds of songs, and this is one of them. So this is for anybody who flies out there, or wants to fly, or is afraid of flying. Put it on, and, and sit back and you might not be as afraid of flying when you finish.”

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Buffett remembers his friend Jim Harrison

From Men’s Journal: “Jimmy Buffett and Jim Harrison Had a Helluva Good Time in the ’70s

On Sunday Jim Harrison, the brash, uncompromising author of more than 30 books passed away while writing at his cabin in Patagonia, Arizona. Lifelong friend Jimmy Buffett, who first met Harrison in the 1970s, remembers the good times.

On Hearing of His Death: The first thing that I did when I learned that he died, I went out and jumped on my paddleboard and paddled out to jump in the water — just started swimming around. I had to go jump in the water to try to make sense of it all. When something like that happens, you just start thinking about so much, because we did so much together, you know. You’re just hoping that you can remember the best things about somebody that good

On His (Small) Contribution to Legends of the Fall: One time Jim and I drove his Ford Cortina from Montana to Michigan together. Just the two of us. We seemed to have all these road trips that we did together that were kind of, kind of hilarious. I loved to hear Jim’s view of the world. I don’t know how much he cared about mine. On another trip in Florida, we talked about Cuba a lot. I told him about my grandfather, who was a ship captain who took his family on board in those days, back in the early 1920s. My father spent his first birthday in Havana Harbor, and there’s a family story that my grandfather put up a signal flag to celebrate my dad’s first birthday, and all of the other ships in the harbor started signaling back. So all the sailing ships in Havana Harbor had their flags up for my dad’s first birthday. And he loved that story. Well, the next thing I knew, he told me to look at Legends of The Fall when it came out. The opening of one chapter it says Tristan took a ship to somewhere, and there’s this passage about it. And he told me later, he said “Yeah, I did that for your grandpa and your dad.” He put it in the book.

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How Will Arnett got Margaritaville for Flaked soundtrack

From Entertainment Weekly: “How Will Arnett got Stephen Malkmus to cover ‘Margaritaville’ for Flaked

Will Arnett’s new series Flaked is now on Netflix, and to celebrate the comedian took over SiriusXMU to talk about the show’s soundtrack.

But Malkmus did end up taking the gig — his first ever job as a series composer, according to Muckley. Arnett talks about how Malkmus scored scenes of the leading man riding around Venice beach on his bike, writing an “unbeatable’ theme song, and also covering the Jimmy Buffett tropical hit “Margaritaville.”

“I got to ask Jimmy if [using his song] was cool, which of course he said yeah because he’s rad,” Arnett recounted. “And then I got to play it on my iPhone for Jimmy — Steve’s cover — and I was like stuck in this absurd reality.”

Luckily, getting in touch with Jimmy Buffett was actually very easy for Arnett, who admits to actually have been living in the legendary singer’s house at the time. Listen to Arnett’s segments on SiriusXMU below.

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Buffett performs with Jenny Lewis in Nashville

On Saturday Jimmy Buffett joined Jenny Lewis on stage at the Ryman in Nashville, TN.
They performed the song “Handle With Care” (a Traveling Wilburys cover).

From MusicCityMike.net: “Jenny Lewis @ Ryman Auditorium in Nashville TN

But tonight, it was the “where did that come from” surprise of Jimmy Buffett who Jenny billed as “making his first appearance ever on the Ryman stage.” Turns out that Jenny and Jimmy are friends who are working together on a “Margaritaville” musical.

Looking flashy enough to be playing the Opry in a bright green jacket covered with marijuana leaves, Buffett nailed the song’s Roy Orbison parts. And for a guy that I didn’t think would be considered Nashville hip, the crowd responded to his appearance as if Roy had come back from the dead. (Their thundering applause was repeated when Buffet came out from backstage to sit in the balcony for the second act.)

Video: “Handle With Care” (Jenny Lewis with Jimmy Buffett)

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