Articles on the upcoming Cincinnati Show

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a couple of articles leading up to the show at Riverbend on Thursday: “Jump on the Buffett bandwagon – Examining the origins of the Parrothead species” and “Margaritaville makes money

Some excerpts from the articles:

Jimmy Buffett brings his “The Year of Still Here” tour to Riverbend Thursday, representing the 20th anniversary of his first performance at the venue in 1988. This show is his 41st consecutive sell-out at Riverbend. This one sold all of the 20,000 tickets in 10 minutes. Make it his 47th consecutive sell-out in this market, if you count the six shows he did at Kings Island from 1984-87.

Buffett managed to turn a fantasy lifestyle into a marketable product, selling escapism for a night or so and he was on his way to being the Margaritaville mogul. Given his current sold-out summer tour, it is a “product” that never goes out of fashion. As Buffett sings, “I’m growing older, but not up.”

From beer to sneakers, it’s usually all about selling a lifestyle these days when it comes to marketing any consumer product. Jimmy Buffett practically wrote the book on that kind of marketing, or at least he wrote the song. Buffett has managed to turn a mythical beach bum lifestyle into a financial empire that reminds one of another financier named Buffett. That would be Warren, no relation.

Buffett has turned his musical fantasies into what is estimated to be a $400 million brand, making him one of the richest musicians in the world. Rolling Stone magazine estimated in 2006 Buffett was the seventh richest rock star, earning $44 million that year.

Detroit and MSG Videos

Adam Graham, Pop Music Writer at The Detroit News has a video that was made by videographer, David Coates of the Tuesday’s show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit. It really captures the heart and spirit of the Buffett experience. Watch the Video here

MSG’s Alex Iglesias and the FanCam get loose with “Parrot-Head Nation” at Jimmy Buffett’s recent concert at Madison Square Garden. Pass the salt shaker … Watch the Video here

Jimmy Dismisses Retiring Any Time Soon!

Buffett dismisses the notion of retiring any time soon in an interview with United Press International “Jimmy Buffett relishes still being here

“I’m still out there — where would I go? Retirement doesn’t look so interesting to me these days,” says Buffett, 61, who kicks off his Year of Still Here tour Thursday in Atlanta. [correction the tour actually started in Houston on April 21st]

“That’s kind of an old way of thinking, retiring at 60. Come on — I still think I’m 40!” he said.

Buffett is also working on new songs but says he isn’t sure when he’ll record a follow-up to 2006’s “Take the Weather With You.

Jimmy Tops the Billboard Boxscore Chart

Jimmy Buffett is #1 on the Billboard Boxscore chart for the Pizza Hut Park show in Frisco, Texas on April 26, 2008. The sold-out show had Gross Sales of $2,903,881 with a capacity of 27,438.

Top Five:

1. Jimmy Buffett – $2,903,881
2. Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes – $2,650,208
3. Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige – $1,883,973
4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – $1,424,650
5. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – $1,363,295

Article and Photos from the Jazz Fest Show

The Times-Picayune has a good article on Jimmy’s appearance at Jazz Fest: “Jimmy Buffett and NOJO close out Saturday“. Some photos of Jimmy Buffett at Jazz Fest are also available.

In his final 40 minutes, he broke down “Come Monday” to acoustic guitar and steel drums; showcased a singer he met in a bar on an African island; led the most exquisitely un-P.C. sing-a-long “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw?”; and cut loose Lafayette slide guitarist ace and frequent Buffett collaborator Sonny Landreth on “Southern Cross” and a grunged-up version of Landreth’s own “U.S.S. Zydecomobile.”

That’s when the party really got started. Buffett spotted an audience member wearing a T-shirt that read, “Helping Rebuild New Orleans one margarita at a time.” “I will trade you these flip-flops,” Buffett said, pointing at his own feet, “for that T-shirt.” Recognizing a one-of-a-kind Jazzfest souvenir when offered one, the guy accepted. Buffett immediately donned his new, slightly too big, “funky” T-shirt and kicked off the audience participatory “Fins.”

Update: The New York Times Artsbeat section has an article on the show: “Jazzfest: Jimmy Buffett in His Comfort Zone” (thanks to nycfeat for passing that along)

USA Today has an article: “Live from Jazz Fest: Parrotheads pay homage to Jimmy Buffett” (thanks to murPH for passing that along)