The Orlando Sentinel has an article “Manatee club leaves docile image in wake” on how things have changed in the twenty years since Jimmy Buffett founded the organization.
The Boston Globe has an article: “Summer concerts hit a few sour notes”
“The Tweeter Center in Mansfield has more than held its own – featuring sellouts by Aerosmith, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Jimmy Buffett – but it has a slow mover in the new Area: One Festival, a mix of live acts and DJs, organized by Moby. And even tried-and-true Tweeter artists like Barenaked Ladies and John Mellencamp are not doing their normal business, though some other acts have done better, such as Dido, who drew about 9,000, and classic-rock headliners Journey and Poison, each of whom drew 10,000. The Tweeter Center’s capacity is 19,900.”
EOnline has an article “Concert Season Slows. Just Ask Rod” that mentions Jimmy Buffett made the list of the Top Ten grossing acts so far for 2001 with $13.5 million in sales.
The Philly Daily News has an article “Croce has way of getting what he wants” that talks about how Pat Croce, president of the 76ers made it into the VIP area of a Buffett concert and was able to upgrade his tickets to the 4th row.
Police Respond to Cat Attack … An elderly Canadian man was recovering Thursday following a savage attack by his pet cat, which drew four carloads of police, two ambulances and an animal control officer. Gerard Daigle, 80, lost a pint of blood and required stitches after his cat Touti, a diminutive roughly meaning Tiny, launched a frenzied attack after Daigle, who was giving his pet parrot a shower, inadvertently sprayed the cat with water. Read the story at CNN.com.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Bud Ford wants Jimmy Buffett to flip-flop onto the Illinois State Fairgrandstand. Ford, the state fair’s manager, has been pursuing Buffett, best known for his 1977 hit “Margaritaville,” since the close of the 1999 fair.
“I said I’d take him even if he had to come in a walker,” said Ford, whose latest tactic includes newspaper ads featuring a petition asking Buffett to appear at next year’s fair. Fans can clip the ad and mail it to the singer’s secretary in Key West, Fla.
Last year, Gov. George Ryan, his wife, Lura Lynn, and about 1,500 Hawaiian shirt-wearing fans made a videotaped appeal for Buffett to play Springfield. But the 54-year-old Buffett has long-standing commitments and rarely visits new cities, said Dave Snowden, talent scout for the fair. Ford remains undeterred.
“If (Buffett) says `no’ next year, I’ll come up with another way to invite him and ask again,” he said. “We’ll just keep doing it unless he gets me arrested for stalking or something.”