Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour Thursday night at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix AZ. The set list from the show is now available. It was the first time that the song “Colour Of The Sun” from the album “Songs from St. Somewhere” was played live in concert.
Earlier this week, Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed Oct. 24 Jimmy Buffett Day, in honor of the sunbaked songwriter/author/cheeseburger salesman’s stop at the arena, part of his Songs From St. Somewhere Tour, with his loyal Coral Reefer Band in tow. It isn’t every day that a novelty songwriter earns his own holiday in this fair city, but Buffett is no ordinary novelty songwriter. Say what you will about his all-encompassing cheesiness, but Buffett boasts a loyal following, “Parrotheads,” as they’re known to self-identify. Unlike Juggalos, another “fandom-as-lifestyle” example, Parrotheads are generally affluent, the kind of folks who sport high-priced Hawaiian shirts and don’t mind dropping some coin on a night out. Downtown Phoenix was flooded with Tommy Bahama shirts. CityScape was abuzz. Streets were closed. Jimmy Buffett is a business, and the Jimmy Buffett business is very, very good.
The appeal of Buffett is no mystery: the guy’s songs are hooky. With a Telecaster strapped around his barrel chest, Buffett looks impressively fit for his 66 years, barefoot in his trademark t-shirt and shorts. The crowd was with him from the get go. “It’s Phoenix, Arizona, on a Thursday,” Buffett roared, following an extended steel drum intro of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Following “Kinja,” John Hiatt’s “The Tiki Bar is Open” set the tone for the remainder of his set.
“Just remember, you all are standing on ice,” said the 66-year-old Buffett, who delivered his songs about sunshine and sailing while barefoot. No shoes, no socks, no problem. Named after his 2013 album, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” this Buffett stop at Denver’s Pepsi Center showcased much of his latest material. On the new single from the record, “Too Drunk to Karaoke,” Buffett was joined by longtime session musician Mac McAnally, who filled in Toby Keith’s role on the track. McAnally also supplied vocals on other Buffett tracks from the 2000s, singing Alan Jackson’s part on “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
Though the crowd was filled with Hawaiian t-shirts and flip-flops, there was a distantly Colorado feel to the night. A 20-foot screen flashed photos of Colorado destination spots and the Denver skyline as the concert came to a close with a cover of Lionel Richis’s “All Night Long (All Night).” To top off a night of Colorado at the beach, Buffett added a special second encore with “A Mile High in Denver” off “Down To Earth” (1970). He said he had never performed the song live, but prepared it special to play for the Colorado audience.
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.
Tune in alert: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers will be performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, October 17th!
One of the most beloved singer/songwriters of our time. His songs have inspired joy, romance, and a successful chain of restaurants! It could only be JIMMY BUFFETT! He’s here to perform a song from his upcoming CD, “Songs from St. Somewhere,” as well as his classic, “Margaritaville!”
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
October 17th, 2013
Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
Tickets go on sale Friday, 10/4 at 9 a.m.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune: “Jimmy Buffett is going Belly Up”
The tropical-rock superstar and his Coral Reefer Band will perform a very rare club date at the North County nightspot; tickets available online only
In recent years, the Belly Up has featured some major stars who rarely perform in nightclubs, such as B.B. King, Burt Bacharach and Wynonna.
On Oct. 17, the 600-capacity Solana Beach landmark will host an artist whose concerts in San Diego since the 1990s have taken place at the nearly 20,000-capacity Sleep Train Amphitheatre (the venue formerly known as both Coors Amphitheatre and Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre).
Yes, it’s Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, whose Belly Up show will likely sell out in little more time then it will take you to read this article.
Tickets, priced at $95 each for general admission and $175 for reserved loft seating, go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. online only: at bellyupfrontgatesolutions.com (the link for Buffett tickets will not be activated until 9 a.m. Friday). A pre-sale for those on the Belly Up online mailing list, which begins Thursday, will give them first crack at buying tickets.
Originally, tickets were also going to be sold for Buffett’s concert at the Belly Up box office and by phone on Friday. But the venue decided Wednesday afternoon that tickets will only be sold online.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed at the Le Trabendo in Paris France on Thursday September 26th. The set list from the show is now available.
Some notable changes to the set list included “Autour Du Rocher”, “Last Mango In Paris”, “Chanson Pour Les Petits Enfants”, and “Coast Of Marseilles”.
Other additions to the set list included “Rue De La Guitare” (first ever performance), “Imagine One Day” (with Grace Young, first ever performance), and “You Can Never Tell” (Chuck Barry cover, first ever performance).
Photo courtesy Francesco
Buffett’s next show is on Saturday Sept 28th at La Cigale in Paris France.