Buffett Rehearsing with The Roots

July 31st, 2009

Here are a couple photos of Jimmy Buffett rehearsing with The Roots for tonight’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon:

Be sure to watch Jimmy tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon at 12:35 pm ET / 11:35 CT… or set your DVR!

Tagged in Photos, TV Appearances

Watch Buffett on ‘Late Night’ Tonight

July 31st, 2009

Be sure to tune in or set your DVR’s to watch Jimmy Buffett perform tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Also on the show is actor/comedian Adam Sandler.

Late Night airs on NBC at 12:35 ET / 11:35 CT.

Tagged in Special Appearances, TV Appearances

Survival Skills with Jimmy Buffett

July 30th, 2009

Men’s Journal has an interview with Jimmy Buffett: “Survival Skills: Jimmy Buffett”

What secrets should a man keep to himself?
I think secrets should be held for a long time, and, if you live a long and interesting life, it’s worth it to let them all out at the end. I wrote a book at 50, and I didn’t tell all the good stuff. It’s like, there are secrets to writing songs. There are secret surf spots. You keep that box of magic tricks around, and when you’re done doing your magic, then you can talk about it—purely for the showbiz aspect of the tell-all book.

What’s the handiest survival skill you have?
I’m a pretty good field medic. From my Boy Scout days I can patch people up. I can do stitches, which comes in handy in remote surf breaks.

What skill would you like to master?
I had a fleeting desire to do kitesurfing— then I saw the injury reports and the YouTube videos and I wnet, “Nah. I’m content.” Stand up paddleboarding is the last new skill I learned. Laird Hamilton gave me a lesson. It took me about an hour, and then I had it pretty good.

What do you want to do before you die?
I have four things: Learn to hang ten. Go to space. Go to Pitcairn Island, where my Buffett ancestors are from. And go to Antarctica.

What’s the secret to staying young?
For me it’s being in the water every day, whether it’s surfing or swimming. I look at these guys in Hawaii and they’re 80 years old in the surf break and look great. And that’s all they do. I want to be in that club when I’m that old.

Read the full interview here.

Tagged in Interviews, Personal/Family

Buffett Makes Surprise Appearance at Stephen Talkhouse

July 29th, 2009

Tips coming in that Jimmy Buffett has made a surprise appearance at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, New York tonight.

Ilo Ferreira was the scheduled performer and the Talkhouse website listed “with a special guest”. The night was a charity event for the Wounded Warriors Project, a cause that Jimmy and Mac McAnally have played benefits for.

UpdateTheMusicFile has some details and photos.

[A] surprise was in store for us last night as my friend Katie O’Connell got word late in the day that Buffett would be performing at the tiny and beloved Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, NY.

Just a few miles down the road from tony East Hampton, “The Talkhouse” is the antithesis of snobbery and just might be one of the last real deals left on the East End of Long Island. I adore the place. On the bill last night was “Ilo Ferriera w/ Special Guest”. Word had obviously spread quickly that the “guest” was JB and by the time we arrived, the place was packed/sold out/nada with Parrotheads pouring out of the windows and a growing crowd in the streets praying for a break.

We were lucky enough to get one of those breaks and were treated to what can only be described as one of those rare nights of music where everyone is instantly your new best friend (and handing a $20 over 3 rows of people to some guy at the bar to buy your next round seems like a perfectly normal thing to do). Sardine can would not be too much of a stretch… but a sardine can that every single person felt blessed to be jammed into.

Turns out Ilo’s a real talent- blending Reggae and Pop with an African flair and enough Buffett meets Jack Johnson to appeal to a very wide audience. The highlights of the night were of course when Jimmy joined Ilo on stage and poured through many of his most beloved hits (Is there one word of “Margaritaville” that someone on the planet doesn’t know?)

Tagged in Special Appearances

Coastal Sues Trump Over Atlantic City Casino Deal

July 29th, 2009

In June the deal was nixed to transform Trump Marina Casino in Atlantic City into a Margaritaville themed casino resort and now Coastal Development LLC is suing Trump Entertainment Resorts:

Donald Trump, who has carefully cultivated an image for quality and opulence, ran at least one of his casino properties like a fleabag hotel.

Then, he tried to unloaded it on one of his protégés and singer Jimmy Buffett, even though it needed a reported $50 million in repairs to bring it up to standard.

The assertions are contained in a lawsuit filed as part of bankruptcy proceedings involving Trump’s Atlantic City casinos. Trump, who was ousted when the properties fell into bankruptcy under a heavy debt load, is attempting regain control of his casino empire.

But the company that was slated to buy the Trump Marina Hotel Casino, claims in the $17 million lawsuit that holding company Trump Entertainment Resorts essentially slummed the property by withholding maintenance and repairs when Trump was in charge. Instead of fixing leaky windows and skylights, for example, the casino put plants underneath them to catch the drips.

The suit also claims Trump Entertainment deliberately tried to hid its financial condition to try to salvage the deal. Coastal agreed to pay $316 million for the casino, and intended to partner with singer Buffett to take advantage of the singer’s popular “Margaritaville” restaurants and bars.

“Unbeknownst to the Coastal parties, the defendants intended to strip the casino of its valuable customers and key personnel, destroy its image with its potential and current patrons, and let the casino fall into a complete state of disrepair such that no lender would ever finance its purchase,” the lawsuit states.

Although Trump Entertainment promised to make repairs, little, if any, of the promised work was done. Beside leaking winds, the casino had inoperable air conditioning units; wind and weather damage at the building’s Crystal Tower, and kitchen equipment that has been removed, court papers state.

Read the full article here.

Tagged in Business Empire, Casinos