Gary Robbins of the Orange County Register wrote a review of Thursday night’s Irvine, California show:
This time around, Buffett was energetic, wistful and direct. He opened the show with a solo version of “Boat Drinks,” a drinking song for a well-lubricated crowd. His Parrothead fans had been tipping margaritas in the parking lot for hours. (One woman was giving them away in exchange for a kiss.)
What made the song special was the vibe Buffett gave off. He seemed to be saying he was genuinely thrilled to be in Irvine on a cool spring night, just as the stars began to appear through the haze. He spoke fondly of California all evening, and gave an impish apology for dissing the state in one of his oldest hits, “Come Monday.”
He also took a big risk, which caught me off guard. Early in the show, he and his band covered one of the most cherished songs of the 1960s, “California Dreamin’.” by the Mamas and the Papas. Buffett doesn’t have a broad vocal range. But he gave the song its due, and the harmonies of the Coral Reefer Band were tight and lush.
Read the entire review here
Included in the article is the following photo of Jimmy on stage during the show
Photo credit: Kelly A. Swift