Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band kicked off the 2021 Life on the Flip Side tour last night at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville TN. The set list from the show is now available.
The Tennessean has an article on the show: “Jimmy Buffett: ‘Fun is back’ at one of Nashville’s first big post-pandemic concerts“
For the last 50 years, a ticket to a Jimmy Buffett concert has served as an invitation to kick back and cut loose. But on Tuesday, the “Parrotheads” of Nashville were ready to do so like never before.
The laidback rocker kicked off his “Life On The Flip Side” tour at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Tuesday night, in the first of three shows he’ll play at the venue this month.
But it was also one of the first large-scale concerts Music City has seen in a year and a half, as the nation bounces back from a pandemic that put the live music business on hold.
“We are back to work!” Buffett exclaimed after opening with the new “Down at the Lah De Dah.”
While always an affable presence on stage, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band seemed downright giddy to get back to business.
“Walking on this stage — I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve done this a long time, but that felt as good as anything I’ve ever (expletive) done.”
Below, a few highlights and notable moments from the two-hour-plus show.
A tribute to Jerry Jeff Walker: As Buffett explained to the crowd, it was the late outlaw country legend who first brought him to Key West, driving there in a 1947 Packard. And he clearly owes the singer-songwriter (who died last year at age 78) for more than that life-changing trip. The penultimate song on the setlist was a loose yet reverent cover of his “Sangria Wine,” drawing a clear line of influence between Walker’s work and his own.
“Get that vaccine”: “There were days when I didn’t know whether or where we would ever play again,” Buffett said in the show’s final minutes.