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Enter the Winter Escape Sweepstakes

Margaritaville Vacation Club® by Wyndham the world’s largest vacation ownership company is inviting those looking for a warm getaway to enter the “Winter Escape Sweepstakes” now through March 31, 2016. Prizes include weekly drawings for $100 Margaritaville gifts cards and one grand prize drawn after March 31 — a seven-night vacation package aboard the Norwegian Escape with a retail value of up to $8,000.

Margaritaville fans can enter the sweepstakes and complete an online entry form on the Margaritaville Vacation Club by Wyndham website, where they can also explore and learn more about the newest Margaritaville Vacation Club resorts. These resorts are fully immersed in the brand’s escapism and island lifestyle — from decor and design to site amenities and common areas that reflect the Margaritaville brand. To learn more about the “Winter Escape Sweepstakes,” please view the Official Rules for complete entry details.

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Tickets for five shows go on sale on Friday 1/22

Tickets for the following shows go on sale to the public on Friday January 22nd starting at 10:00 AM EST via TicketMaster.com and LiveNation.com.

April 16, 2016 – Virginia Beach, VA (Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater)

April 19, 2016 – Birmingham, AL (Oak Mountain Amphitheater)

April 21, 2016 – Raleigh, NC (Walnut Creek Amphitheater)
with Huey Lewis and the News

April 23, 2016 – Charlotte, NC (PNC Music Pavilion)
with Huey Lewis and the News

Tickets for the Frisco TX show go on sale on Friday January 22nd at 10:00 AM CST via FCDallas.com.
May 28th, 2016 – Frisco, TX (Toyota Stadium)
with special guests ZZ Top

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Buffett remembers his friend Glenn Frey

From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett remembers Eagles buddy Glenn Frey

The careers of the singer-songwriter, known for nautical hits like Margaritaville, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes and Son of a Son of a Sailor and the California rock star whose made-in-Miami hits with his band like Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Hotel California and Heartache Tonight defined a generation, are forever linked. After all, what fan of either act can forget Buffett’s hilarious induction speech for the Eagles at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 1998?

The Herald reached out to Buffett and he sent the following e-mail response on Wednesday afternoon.

“In August of 1975, I was sitting in a dressing room in the Columbia Coliseum in South Carolina, about ready to go onstage,” he writes. “It wasn’t your ordinary gig by any stretch of the imagination, and still gives me ‘chicken skin’ as I write about this morning. We were opening for the Eagles, the best American band of my generation and many to follow. Any band worth their salt started out as an opener for somebody. Opening for the right band at the right time, could be your stairway to heaven.

“Earlier in the afternoon Tommy Nixon, one of their road managers, had invited us to watch the Eagles sound check. I sat there with all the members of the Coral Reefer Band in awe, and when it was over, we strolled back through the empty arena towards our dressing room, and I said to my band, ‘that is the kind of band we want to become.’

“Waiting to go on that night seemed like an eternity. Mixed emotions were flowing, fear, excitement, and a lot of “what if’s” were running through my head, when the door suddenly opened and in walked Glenn Frey. That was the first time we met. He greeted me and the band warmly, thanked us for being there (duh?) and said to me how much he loved “A Pirate Looks at 40″. He wished us luck and then went back out the door. That was the beginning of a long and lovely friendship.”

Only a few people really know how significant Glenn, Don, Irving and the Eagles were to my rise through the ranks of bands trying to achieve just a sliver of the success that they had achieved. After that first night, Glenn and I went on to become close friends, songwriting collaborators and neighbors in Aspen. He and Don were instrumental in getting Irving Azoff to become my manager, and eventually open for the Eagles on the Hotel California tour of America, which was the rocket ship we rode to eventually becoming a headliner.

When the Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they asked me to give their induction speech. I was humbled. Glenn was a true friend, a true professional, an inspiration and sometimes could be a handful. I cherish great memories of our time spent together and will never forget his kindness that first night and our friendship for all these years. My heart goes out to Cindy, Deacon, Taylor and Otis. He rocked all our worlds.

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Eagles member Glenn Frey dies at 67

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey passed away on Monday at the age of 67. The band’s website posted the news late Monday, writing, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our comrade, Eagles founder Glenn Frey, in New York City on Monday, January 18th, 2016.”

“Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks, but sadly succumbed to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia,” the statement continued. “Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community and millions of fans worldwide.”

Glenn Frey co-wrote the song “Gypsies in the Palace” with Jimmy Buffett, and Will Jennings.

There’s a video on Youtube of Glenn Frey and Jimmy Buffett performing “Margaritaville” at the Aspen High School 1976.

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“Jamaica Mistaica” 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago (on January 16th, 1996) Jimmy Buffett, Island Records chairman Chris Blackwell, and U2 singer Bono and family were taking off in Buffett’s seaplane the Hemisphere Dancer in Jamaica when authorities opened fire on them mistaking them for drug traffickers. Nobody was hurt and no drugs are found, just a few bullet holes in Buffett’s plane. Buffett gets a song out of it “Jamaica Mistaica” which appeared on the album “Banana Wind”.

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Additional 2016 Tour Dates

Some more tour dates for Jimmy Buffett’s 2016 “I Don’t Know” Tour are now known. On Sale dates to be announced.

Tuesday 4/19/2016 – Birmingham, AL
Oak Mountain Amphitheater
Tickets On Sale: Friday January 22, 2016 10:00 AM EST

Thursday 4/21/2016 – Raleigh, NC
Walnut Creek Amphitheater
Tickets On Sale: Friday January 22, 2016 10:00 AM EST

Saturday 4/23/2016 – Charlotte, NC
PNC Music Pavilion
Tickets On Sale: Friday January 22, 2016 10:00 AM EST

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