Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed the fifth show of the 2021 Life on the Flip Side Tour on Friday night at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville TN. The set list from the show is now available.
Buffett paid tribute to Greg “Fingers” Taylor when the band played “Everybody’s In the Phone” from 2006’s “Take the Weather with You” using a great recording of Fingers playing the harmonica as only he could. The song was last performed live on August 11, 2016 at the House of Blues in Boston.
The tour will resume on August 7th with a show at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued the Life on the Flip Side tour last night with a show at the Ruoff Music Center in Indianapolis, IN. The set list from the show is now available (thanks to Joe for the photos).
For the last 50 years, a ticket to a Jimmy Buffett concert has served as an invitation to kick back and cut loose. But on Tuesday, the “Parrotheads” of Nashville were ready to do so like never before.
The laidback rocker kicked off his “Life On The Flip Side” tour at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday night, in the first of three shows he’ll play at the venue this month.
But it was also one of the first large-scale concerts Music City has seen in a year and a half, as the nation bounces back from a pandemic that put the live music business on hold.
“We are back to work!” Buffett exclaimed after opening with the new “Down at the Lah De Dah.”
While always an affable presence on stage, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band seemed downright giddy to get back to business.
“Walking on this stage — I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve done this a long time, but that felt as good as anything I’ve ever (expletive) done.”
Below, a few highlights and notable moments from the two-hour-plus show.
A tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker: As Buffett explained to the crowd, it was the late outlaw country legend who first brought him to Key West, driving there in a 1947 Packard. And he clearly owes the singer-songwriter (who died last year at age 78) for more than that life-changing trip. The penultimate song on the setlist was a loose yet reverent cover of his “Sangria Wine,” drawing a clear line of influence between Walker’s work and his own.
“Get that vaccine”: “There were days when I didn’t know whether or where we would ever play again,” Buffett said in the show’s final minutes.
In his first concert in 14 months, trop-rock troubadour Jimmy Buffett on Thursday night led a sold-out Delray Beach audience on a transformative journey back in time. It was Margaritaville, circa 2019. And fun ruled.
In a 100-minute, 21-song set leavened by gratitude, Key West stories and tequila, Buffett played benevolent tour guide to nearly 900 pod-enclosed Parrotheads eager to take the trip they clearly spent time dressing for.
The show was the first of four outdoor concerts on Old School Square, the rest taking place Friday, Monday and Tuesday, May 14, 17-18. All of the more than 3,500 seats for the four shows are sold out.
On a day when the CDC recommended a major rollback on mask-wearing for the vaccinated, Buffett took several opportunities on Thursday for good-natured venting about the pandemic and how much he has missed playing for an audience.
“Hopefully, we’re on the other side of this. For the first time in human history, fun was stopped. We’re back,” he said.
To double-down on his good-times-ahead attitude, Buffett confirmed that plans for a “full tour” are in the works. “I’m hearing August, but we’ll keep you posted,” he said through a wave of applause.
Arriving onstage at around 8:30 p.m., to a standing ovation that never fully disappeared, Buffett and the “fully vaccinated old farts” in the Coral Reefer Band hit the ground running with fan favorite “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” the luscious steel-drum intro from Robert Greenidge flowing over the crowd in a warm wave.
Buffett’s bag of songs seems bottomless but if his fans were especially eager for the nostalgia of the singalong hits, he seemed to feel the same way.
“I know you’re all penned up out there, but you can still dance,” Buffett said before the band jumped into “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” The result was more enthusiastic arm waving that actual dancing, but we’ll get there someday.
“Son of a Son of a Sailor” was given a poignant reading, with Buffett on 12-string guitar, as did the gentle singalong “A Pirate Looks at 40” and “Come Monday,” a duet with guest country singer Caroline Jones.
Buffett performed a three-song encore, with the upbeat “Fins” sandwiched between the nostalgic regret of “One Particular Harbor” and the more hopeful closer, “Floridays.” On the latter, Buffett ended the night alone onstage, singing “I’m back to livin’ Floridays / Blue skies and ultra-violet rays / Lookin’ for better days.”
If you’re headed to one of Buffett’s next three shows, you’ll find that Delray Beach is firmly in the grip of Jimmy mania, with hundreds of Parrotheads parading through downtown in garish shirts and headwear before the shows.
Watch Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s Millennium Show from back on 12/31/1999 in Los Angeles CA tonight on Margaritaville TV. The show will be broadcast starting at 8:00 PM Eastern and again at 8:00 PM Pacific. The set list is available here along with some photos.