Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band brought their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The set list from the show is now available. They played the song “Colour Of The Sun” from the album “Songs from St. Somewhere” (it was also performed on Thursday in Phoenix). For the final encore Jimmy performed the song “You Never Can Tell” (Chuck Berry cover), which he also did for the two recent shows in Paris.
The tour will resume on November 30th with a show at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. Followed by stops in St. Paul MN, Tulsa OK, Little Rock AR, and Honolulu HI.
En route to their next Vegas bash, the perennial favorite and his Coral Reefer Band sailed into Solana Beach for a unique warm-up, their first nearby club date in decades.
“It’s only been 32 years since we’ve been here,” Jimmy Buffett pointed out at the start of Thursday’s rarest of rarities: a Southern California club gig from the party captain and his Coral Reefer Band. “Last time I played here I think there was no Internet.”
Nor were there smartphones capable of capturing his entire performance, as so many did here – back then you’d have been tossed out for such blatant bootlegging. It was a technologically simpler time in 1981, when the compact disc and Atari videogames were just coming into existence.
“After doing this for 40 years,” he mentioned, dating an even lengthier career back to his first major album, 1973’s A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean, “it still feels good to sell out in two minutes.”
What set this show apart from all others, though, was not only its small scale – who knew you could fit a dozen people on that stage? – but also the night’s prevailing mood. Buffett, whose movements are fairly minimal even at larger places, was noticeably animated and keen to involve devotees, grabbing a cheeseburger hat from one, donning a lampshade creation from another. The cramped space also tightened an already unerring band, to the point that you could feel them push the feel of well-worn tunes into fresh grooves.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour continued last night at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati OH. The Set List from the show is now available. A change to the set list included the song “I Have Found Me A Home” for the final encor (last played Feb 12, 2009 at the Margaritaville Cafe Key West).
Jimmy Buffett turned to his keyboard player Mike Utley when it came time for that part of the show when Buffett quantifies his long-running relationship with Riverbend Music Center and the people of Cincinnati. Twenty-six years, 46 sold-out shows and 870,000 tickets sold, Utley reported.
Buffett gave a compact two-hour, 26-song performance that leaned toward the favorites he’s effectively mandated to perform but also included some lesser-known stuff, such as new tunes from a forthcoming record.
The presentation was simple, too. Instead of trying to outdo the production from one year to the next, he’s trending the other way and scaling back. This means less product-placement on the stage and on the video boards. There’s always some measure of marketing going on at a Buffett show, but this one was relatively clean. It was more about his band than his brand.
Jimmy Buffett has a penchant for “Paradise!” According to property records, the Margaritaville crooner paid $1.3 million for his third property in a ritzy Palm Beach neighborhood. This new home is likely to be used by the multimillionaire as a guesthouse, as it’s located directly across the street from a home he bought for $802k in 2002.
Buffett’s new home is close to the beach and has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 3,100 square feet. It also features hardwood floors, a chef’s kitchen, custom closets and Palm Beach must-haves: a private patio and balcony.
Buffett has made millions after decades of touring, as well as other ventures that include the successful “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise” restaurant chains and Land Shark Lager beer. He’s plowed a significant amount of money into real estate. Aside from the two homes he now owns across the street from each other, Buffett also owns a much larger Palm Beach residence that he paid nearly $5M for in 2011, 3 side-by-side homes in Sag Harbor, NY and a Caribbean villa on the island of St. Barth.
Jimmy Buffett is best known for his easy-going Key West lifestyle, but his musical roots began in Mobile inside a second-floor recording studio devastated by a Christmas Day tornado.
While it has not been occupied by a sound studio for decades, the location had become a popular sight-seeing stop for devoted “Parrot heads,” or loyalists to Buffett’s music. It was inside the studio where Buffett recorded his first songs.
Brown remembers getting Buffett into the studio.
“I could run (the studio) from 11 to 2 (a.m.) and during that three-hour period, we’d demo 10 songs,” Brown said. “That is unheard of today. I only had about seven of those songs ready to go and Jimmy was, by then, a good friend. I said, ‘hey, do you want to record some of yours?’ Jimmy said, ‘yeah, I want to do that.’”
Buffett, in the late 60s, was performing at the Admiral’s Corner at the Admiral Semmes Hotel in downtown Mobile.
“They were paying him $10 a night and he could put out a tip jar,” Brown said. “He wanted to get back (to work) so he didn’t lose that job.”
It was at Product Sound Studio where Buffett recorded two songs, “Don’t Bring Me Candy” and “Abandon On Tuesday.” Those two songs were released in 1970, but were not part of Buffett’s debut album, “Down to Earth.”
Like the man says, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere — even in the Situation Room! The White House’s National Security Council staff got an unexpected visit Tuesday afternoon from Jimmy Buffett.
The ever-mellow singer-songwriter — in town, we’re told, for the groundbreaking of an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — greeted the folks who work in the Situation Room and about 20 other national security staffers; also chatted with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In jeans and a sweater, the Bard of Happy Hour posed for photos and at one point grabbed a clock off the wall — guess what time it just happened to be when he walked in? Proof, Buffett joked, that it really is 5 o’clock somewhere.