The New York Daily News caught up with Jimmy and talked to him about surfing on Long Island:
Has Jimmy Buffett found a new northern Margaritaville? The singing sailor has been spending an awful lot of time in Montauk’s new Surf Lodge, sipping – wait for it – margaritas and hanging with pals. Just don’t ask him to take his shirt off. When we asked him if he ever goes topless, he almost lost his salt shaker.
“That’s a f– stupid question,” he railed. “I’m 60 years old. No, no, no, no, no!”
Buffet did reveal to us that he has had his share of summer flings, but we will have to wait at least another 30 years to hear about them.
“Of course, I have had a few,” he told us. “But I’d never tell you about it. When I’m 90, I’ll tell all.”
William Henderson, an American soldier, tells The Celebrity Cafe the story of Jimmy Buffett performing an impromptu show at the United States Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:
In late 2002 I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. We had done stateside training at Fort Bragg, NC and then on 6 December 2002 flew to the Naval Base there in Cuba where we were to perform our security operations. Upon our arrival we found out that Jimmy Buffett’s plane had made an unexpected stop due to mechanical difficulties and our first full day ended on December 7th in the hot and humid Cuban air with an impromptu concert performed by the original Parrothead himself! When I called my Dad to let him know we’d landed safely I did so while the concert was going on and Jimmy was only a hundred feet away. My Dad is a huge fan and was totally surprised to find me in such a situation. Later, Jimmy greeted us soldiers and I had a great time.
On Wednesday, Jimmy Buffett attended a star-studded party in New York City to honor his friend, the late Hunter S. Thompson. The new documentary on Thompson dubbed “Gonzo” was screened at the event.
Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter told the New York Daily News, “Underneath his craziness, he was a Southern gentleman. he had a courtliness that I totally fell for.”
Meg Ryan added, “I loved the rollercoaster that was his mind.”
Hunter S. Thompson was best known for his novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” The event, held at the Waverly Inn, was also attended by Meg Ryan and Candice Bergen.
USA Weekend has a terrific interview with Buffett, where he talks a lot about his family, politics, and how he came up with this year’s tour name, among other things: “Jimmy Buffett: No Trouble In Paradise”
When Jimmy Buffett was trying to come up with a name for his annual tour, he got together with a group of buddies and bandmates to brainstorm. “We said, ‘What are we going to call this after 40 years? What do we do now that we’re still here?’ ” he says. “And that became this summer’s motto: The Year of Still Here.”
Buffett, describing himself as “an old hippie” and “Southern radical,” says now, “I’m an Obama person.”
“Everybody knows my politics [he campaigned for Jimmy Carter and Al Gore and has played twice at Bill Clinton birthday parties]. But half my audience is Republicans — and that’s OK. People should be communicating, which is the biggest factor to me.”
He has been opposed to the war in Iraq since the beginning. “Anybody who makes policy in this country oughta have to walk by the Vietnam memorial on the way to work,” Buffett says.
So why not vote for Vietnam vet John McCain? “I respect John McCain, but it’s old stuff. John McCain is older than I am!”
Buffett’s kids have not exactly followed him into the fame game. At least not yet. Delaney 16, attends boarding school in the Northeast, as does Cameron, 14, his only son. Savannah, 29, is a host for Radio Margaritaville, a Sirius station that features all things Buffett. Ask Buffett what kind of dad he is, and he’ll say what most fathers say: “A good one, I hope.”
Read the entire article here.
They are also giving away a trip to Parrothead Paradise, all you have to do is write your own first verse to Margaritaville! Read the details and enter the contest here!
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, whose company Berkshire Hathaway is the number two shareholder in Anheuser Busch, interjected a little humor into the discussions of Belgium-based InBev’s attempt to acquire the great American beer company:
Buffett, who is one of Anheuser’s largest shareholders, said he had not held talks with anyone, and laughed off media reports that he supported the bid.
“The interesting thing is that I have not commented on that, although people have run stories on what I have done,” he said. “Maybe they are confusing me with (singer) Jimmy Buffett.”
Read the entire article here. Jimmy Buffett has connections himself to Anheuser Busch… they distribute his Landshark Lager.
The Wednesday edition of USA Today has an interview with Buffett: “Buffett on Buffett: ‘I Made People Smile'”. Here are a couple of the question and answers:
Q: What are you going to do when you retire? What could possibly be as much fun as performing?
A: As long as I can remember the words and not go flat, I will still sing. I look at Harry Belafonte and (Frank) Sinatra in the late ages, and there is a magic on that stage that very few people get to experience. I’m going to enjoy every day.
Q: What is it like having teenagers at 61?
A: I don’t feel like I’m 61, the way I perceived 61 when my parents were 61. I think I’m in better shape and I’m not as grown up as they were, so that helps. The kids are like people now. They’re pretty much well on their way. You have to let them be who they are going to be. You can encourage them and be there for advice and things of that nature, but when you get into adolescence, they make their own decisions.
Read the entire article here.