Free Fall to Black available April 25th

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting author John H. Cunningham’s newest novel, the wait is nearly over. On Tuesday, April 25th, he will release his highly anticipated sixth novel, “Free Fall to Black“. And, yes, for faithful readers, it is a Buck Reilly Adventure! For new readers, Free Fall to Black is a prequel to the Buck Reilly Adventure Series. Be prepared to binge read the other five books: “Red Right Return”, “Green to Go”, “Crystal Blue”, “Second Chance Gold”, and “Maroon Rising”.

About “Free Fall to Black”: Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly’s former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame–before it suddenly blows apart.

By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson’s company is already under siege due to fraud, backstabbing and greed that turns their friends and family alike into adversaries. Hubris and hasty decisions lead to irreversible consequences, and when a business partner turns up dead, business as usual isn’t business any more.

Pre-order the book via Amazon here:

Buffett performs in Las Vegas

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band preformed last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He has performed 33 shows at the venue since 1996.

The set list from the show is now available. The show got started with “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, celebrating the 40th anniversary of it’s release this year. Highlights included “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” and “This Hotel Room” (last played on Sept 23rd, 2003 in San Diego). Frank Marshall, the producer of the musical “Escape to Margaritaville”, played guitar on “Margaritaville” and “Brown Eyed Girl”.

Buffett performs at Margaritaville Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday at the opening of the Margaritaville Restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood CA.

From PR Newswire: Universal CityWalk Toasts the Arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, the First-Ever to Open in California, with a Celebratory Performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

At 5 O’Clock today, Universal CityWalk toasted the official arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to its destination marking the occasion with an exciting performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Hundreds of Parrotheads and fans alike joined in the celebration that also marked the first-ever Margaritaville restaurant to open in California.

Jimmy Buffett said, “I walked onto the site of CityWalk when it was still under construction, and my first thought was ‘I want a Margaritaville here.’ Thanks to the great folks at Universal, we made it. It’s great to play at the opening and I look forward to visiting regularly on my journeys to the West Coast. Fins Up!”

“Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a perfect complement to Universal CityWalk,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its inviting tropical vibe, incredible selection of Margaritas and signature dishes, Margaritaville offers another exceptional dining experience at CityWalk that everyone can enjoy.”

Review of the Belly Up show

The San Diego Union Tribune has a review of Tuesday’s show: “Jimmy Buffett plays surprise Belly Up concert — six things of note

“I don’t know what tour this is,” Jimmy Buffett said after he walked on stage Tuesday night at the Belly Up Tavern with his band, the Coral Reefers. “But we’re starting here.”

With his new theatrical work, the Broadway-bound “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical,” set to begin previews May 9 at La Jolla Playhouse, Buffett may well become a temporary fixture here. (It opens May 29 and runs through June 18, although an extension is possible if “Escape” fares as well at the box office as Buffett and playhouse honchos hope it will.)

Announced last Wednesday, barely two hours before it went on sale, his Tuesday night Belly Up show sold out in less than a minute.

That was great news for the lucky 600 fans who were able to score tickets for the all-general-admission show, but not for the approximately 7,000 others who tried — and failed.

Here’s what they missed.

1. A long, long wait to get in

2. A 19-song performance that clocked in at 95 minutes

It opened with “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and concluded with a spirited romp through Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Some of the highlights included the bluegrass-tinged versions of Buffett’s “Gypsies in the Palace” and the Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” the mass audience sing-along on Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Southern Cross” and Buffett’s amusingly literal physical interpretations of the lyrics to his perpetually sizzling rave-up, “Cheeseburger in Paradise” … He also performed “Son of a Son of a Sailor,” and “Come Monday”.

3. A disappointment …there was no encore Tuesday.

4. A preview, of sorts, of “Escape to Margaritaville — The Musical”

5. A pre-tour warm-up show … Buffett and his ace band knocked the rust off and got their music lubricated again.

6. Cleanup on aisle 1 … The Belly Up on Tuesday had the stickiest bar floor this writer has encountered.