Pittsburgh Show Review

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a review of Tuesday’s show: “Buffett takes his Parrotheads to the beach

At around 8:10, Buffett entered the impressive stage to booming elation wearing just a loose T-shirt and Hawaiian-print shorts — the ultimate in ready-to-chill attire — and quickly dove into his first set, including consistently rousing versions of his hits “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” “Fruitcakes” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”

His band, the Coral Reefers, were predictably tight — they’ve been doing this rotation of tunes summer after summer — and retained sublime, subdued countenances that, behind any other front man, might’ve seemed out of place. But with Buffett leading the way, and playing to an audience doing quite the same, the sly grins and slowly rocking Coral Reefers were the perfect house band.

Tour Continues in Pittsburgh

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed last night at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA. Jimmy has performed at the venue 25 times going back to 1990.

The Set List along with Comments are now available.

For the final encore Jimmy did an acoustic version of “Death Of An Unpopular Poet”. The last time he performed the song live was back on March 23rd, 2002 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX.

Alpine Valley Video

A blog by David Hoekstra of the Chicago Sun Times has some clips from the Alpine Valley show on Saturday: Jimmy Buffett Alpine Video

Some highlights from David’s article:

My favorite sight? The group of middle-aged housewives from Sugar Grove, Ill. called “Steel Crazy.” [www.steelcrazyband.com] They actually set up about 10 steel drums under a tent in the parking lot and played beautiful Buffett songs like “One Particular Harbor” and “A Pirate Looks at 40.”

The concert itself was remarkable. Buffett’s fine band was as tight as usual and on stage shennaigans were kept to a minimum. The nice surprise for hard core Buffett fans was the return of blues harmonica player Greg “Fingers” Taylor to the fold. Taylor’s searching riffs are to Buffett what Mickey Raphael’s harp is to Willie Nelson.

Buffett told me that during this years New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival he was out with Quint Davis of the Jazz Fest and some folks from the edgy Cajun/Southern restaurant Cochon when they stumbled across a hard driving Mississippi-based act “The Juke Joint Duo.” Turned out they were drummer Cedric Burnside, the grandson of electric Mississippi blues great R.L. Burnside and his guitar slinging partner in crime Lightin’ Malcom.
Cedric Burnside, who appeared in the film “Black Snake Moan” with Samuel L. Jackson is a fierce spot-on drummer who guided the band through “Hey, Bo Diddley,” a tribute to another one of Mississppi’s favorite sons. The center stage summit between Malcom, Buffett’s guitarist Mac McAnally, Taylor and Buffett was sparked by improvisational energy. They tore the roof off the place—well, if Alpine had a roof.

Year of Still Here Tour Continues at Alpine Valley

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer band performed last night at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI. It was Buffett’s 15th appearance at the venue going back 20 years ago to June 1988.

Greg “Fingers” Taylor was a special guest for the show and he joined in on a few songs including “Son of a Son of a Sailor”, “A Pirate Looks at Forty”, and “Fins”. He also performed right after intermission on the song “Hey, Bo Diddley” (with the Juke Joint Duo).

The Set List from the show had a couple of changes including “Stars On The Water” (last played on Sept 5th, 2007 in Toronto) and “Distantly In Love” was (last played on March 24, 2007 in Anquilla).

Buffett Resumes Tour in Cincinnati

The Year of Still Here tour got back underway last night with a show at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH. Jimmy Buffett has performed at Riverbend forty one times since 1988.

The set list included a number of additions including:

– “Jamaica Farewell” last known live performance was was back on August 12th, 1990 in Wisconsin during the Jump Up Tour.

– “Take Another Road” was last played on February 20th, 2001 in Charlotte

– “The Ass And The Hole” last played on May 4th, 2001 in New Orleans, LA

– “What If The Hokey Pokey Is All It Really Is About?” was last played on October 5th, 2002 in Irvine, CA

Jimmy ended the show with a cover of John Prine’s “Paradise”. The last time Jimmy perfermed the song was back on June 18th, 2002 in Cincinnati, OH.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a review of the show: “Parrotheads toast Buffett

June Tour Ends in Philadelphia

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band ended the June leg of The Year of Still Here Tour with a show at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last night. Buffett performed two shows at the ballpark back in 2005.

The Set List and comments from those who listened to the show on Radio Margaritaville are now available.

Jimmy changed things up a little by startin the show off with an acoustic solo version of the song “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw”. Special guest G Love, who was the opening act, joined in on harmonica on the song “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor”.

Jimmy decicated the final song of the show “Defying Gravity” to Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press who passed recently for a heart attack.

A blog on CentreDaily.com by Bob Heisse has a quick review of the show:

In a word it was awesome, as good as any Buffett concert that I’ve seen, living up to the billing of “The Year of Still Here.”

Buffett was delayed by the rain but played late into the night, and I can still hear “Glory Days” in the Philly air and see the fireworks that followed.

There were great versions of all the songs you expect, including personal favorites “One Particular Harbour,” “Five O’Clock Somewhere” and of course “Margaritaville.”

In short, Buffett is rowing right along, delighting many of us. He’s a true treasure, and now I can thank him for “The Year of Still Here.”

Year of Still Here Tour Hits New York City

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought The Year of Still Here Tour to the Madison Square Garden in New York City last night. Buffett first performed at the Garden over 30 years ago in March of 1977 when he opened for The Eagles.

The Set List and comments from those who listened to the show are now available.

Jimmy has now played a different songs for the final encore during all 10 shows of The Year of Still Here Tour. Last night he ended the show with an acoustic version of “Lovely Cruise”. The last time he perfomed the song was back on October 4th, 2007 at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, HI.

The five show June leg of the tour ends on Saturday June 14tht with a show at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Courier Post has an article on the upcoming show: “Buffett at the Ballpark.