Hillary Clinton wrapped up a fundraising blitz in the Hamptons where she has racked up millions during a three-day swing. The top-dollar tour concluded Tuesday night with an event in Sag Harbor complete with performances from Jimmy Buffett, Jon Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney.
On an outdoor stage, Buffett entertained for more than an hour, playing hits like “Margaritaville” and “Cheesburger in Paradise.” Bon Jovi serenaded the crowd with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” and McCartney’s numbers included “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “Lady Madonna.” The trio closed out the show with a performance of “Hey Jude.” Attendees said Clinton even hit the dance floor with McCartney during one of Buffett’s numbers (Cheeseburger in Paradise).
McCartney joked with the crowd, according to fundraiser guests, saying that this was “the first time I’ve paid to hear myself sing.”
The events all raised money for the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fund supporting her campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state party organizations.
Come Monday (Buffett)
Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi)
Knees of My Heart (Buffett)
Cheeseburger in Paradise (Buffett) – Hillary dances with McCartney
Can’t Buy Me Love (McCartney)
Lady Madonna (McCartney)
Brown Eyed Girl (Buffett and Bon Jovi)
Margaritaville (Buffett with Bon Jovi and McCartney)
Hey Jude (McCartney with Buffett and Bon Jovi)
Details on the fundraiser that Jimmy Buffett will host at his home in North Haven on Tuesday August 30th are available at HillaryClinton.com
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The crowd gathered a little before 4 p.m. in the hot, open-air Margaritaville bar set up in front of Sedgefield Country Club’s stately Tudor clubhouse for the Wyndham Championship.
A few hundred people listened and sang along with “20 Ride,” a Zac Brown tribute band from Charlotte.
But they were waiting for more. Word was out: Jimmy Buffett would visit this temporary bar based on his chain of 24 permanent Margaritavilles in the U.S., Mexico and Carribean.
Buffett was dressed for business: light blue shorts, a pink polo shirt, and battered blue Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers with no laces. His curly gray hair poked out from beneath a white Navy Sailing baseball cap, his eyes hidden behind gold-framed aviator sunglasses with dark brown lenses.
The 69-year-old singer stepped on stage and borrowed a guitar. His friend Mac McAnally, a member of Buffett’s Coral Reefer band who has won the CMA’s Musician of the Year award eight times in a row, introduced him. And the intimate little crowd cheered.
“We been rehearsing this for hours,” Buffett deadpanned. He sang one song. That was all. And dozens of smart phones held high recorded it to make friends, family and colleagues jealous.
Where were you Monday? I saw Jimmy Buffett sing “Margaritaville” at the Wyndham.
The crowd tried to sing along, but Buffett changed the lyrics in key spots in his signature song from 1977 to reference Greensboro and the Wyndham.
“… But I know, it’s all Bobby Long’s fault,” Buffett crooned at one point, singling out the chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation that owns Greensboro’s PGA Tour tournament.
And then he was gone, whisked away back to the airport to catch a private plane, headed for an airport with a curfew on late flights.
Make no mistake: This was a business trip for Buffett.
Besides the restaurants and bars, the chief Parrothead also owns Margaritaville Vacation Clubs by Wyndham, a growing chain of resorts.
“There’s one in St. Thomas (Virgin Islands), one in Puerto Rico and we’re going to be adding more,” said Steve Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “It’s just Jimmy’s effort to expand the Margaritaville brand working with us. It’s a great relationship.”
On a break from their worldwide “Head Full of Dreams” tour, Coldplay performed at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett on Sunday night in a “secret” concert sponsored by Sirius XM satellite radio.
Signs of a big event were apparent on Amagansett’s Main Street many hours before the 6 p.m. show, when town police and fire marshals cordoned off areas for fans to wait and positioned themselves in front of the Talkhouse.
Among the guests in the audience of about 200 inside the Talkhouse on Sunday, besides ticket-winners, were Jimmy Buffett, John McEnroe, Christie Brinkley, Chad Smith, and Jon Bon Jovi.
Buffett’s fans, better known as Parrotheads, didn’t let a little wet weather deter them when it came to seeing the “Margaritaville” singer live Friday. Wherever he goes, the feeling of sun, fun and island life are never far behind.
The singer and his Coral Reefer Band are hitting the road for their “I Don’t Know” tour, and they won’t stop until the season is over. And after that, Buffett’s still not slowing down. The 69-year-old has a holiday album in the works that will be released later this year.
In an interview Buffett talks about his 2016 tour which he explained was named “I Don’t Know” with the help of the Coral Reefers. The musical “Escape to Margaritaville” will debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in April/May 2017, then go on the road, and if it goes well he hopes to have it back here (on Broadway). When asked about Frank Bama, the character he plays on the show Hawaii Five O, he said it’s the last season and Frank may go out in a blaze of glory.
Update: Videos from the show are available at Today.com
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will be performing at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC as part of the Citi Concert Series. Be sure to watch on NBC on Friday July 29th (or set your DVR). Tune in Friday for an important announcement from Jimmy!