Tour Rolls in to Florida Again

April 23rd, 2011

After kicking off the Welcome to Fin Land Tour in Tampa a week ago, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band were back in Florida again on Saturday night for a show at the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach.

Four songs made their WTF Tour debut tonight: “Fruitcakes,” “Boat Drinks,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” and for the finale of the show… “Tin Cup Chalice.”

With the playing of “Boat Drinks,” Buffett played every song from Volcano except for “Dreamsicle”.

View the full set list from the show here.

Buffett is off until Thursday, when he’ll play a benefit show at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum. Then on Saturday, Buffett returns to Kansas City for the first time in over 10 years.

Tagged in Tour Dates

Mac Discusses Upcoming Naval Aviation Museum Benefit Show

April 22nd, 2011

Next Thursday Jimmy Buffett, along with Mac McAnally and Robert Greenidge, will play a benefit show in Pensacola for the National Naval Aviation Museum.

The Pensacola News Journal has an interview with McAnally on the show:

In a phone interview, McAnally said the sold-out fundraising concert is something that he and Buffett are both excited about.

“We were just bragging about that show last night in Raleigh,” McAnally said. “Jimmy’s been a longtime supporter of the military and the Wounded Warrior Project, and so have I, drafting off him in the NASCAR sense. Both of our fathers were connected to the military. (Jimmy) is a sailor and a military historian, so the Navy and the air, it’s an interest to him. I hesitate to speak for him, but I know there’s a passion there. There’s nothing not to like.”

McAnally said the show will consist of he and Buffett on guitar, accompanied by steel drummer Robert Greenidge.

“It’s a reincarnation of what we did two years ago in Tahiti,” McAnally said. “We enjoy playing that configuration, so we’re looking forward to it.”


McAnally said his relationship with Buffett on- and off-stage is something that is still enjoyable and exciting, all these years on.

“We are truly old, good friends, and that’s never a bad thing,” McAnally said. “He’s been a supporter of what I do from the very beginning. He sent me a note after my first record came out (in 1977), and it said, ‘we’re both from Mississippi and both songwriters and we’re going to be friends.’ I was a fan before I met him, and I am now. I’m honored to get to stand beside him and play. I was and am sort of bashful. I was from the — as he says — ‘not fun’ part of Mississippi. He was from the fun part near the water, and is less bashful. I was always more inclined to stand to the side. Maybe I’m of more use to him there; I try to be, anyway.”

Read the full interview here.

Tagged in Charitable Causes, Coral Reefers, Interviews

Charlotte Welcomes the Welcome to Fin Land Tour

April 21st, 2011

Jimmy Buffett played his second show in North Carolina as the Welcome to Fin Land Tour rolled into the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte on Thursday night.

The set list was nearly identical to Tuesday night’s show in Raleigh. The only change was “Back Where I Come From” in the place of “The City.”

View the full set list here.

The tour sails back south to Florida on Saturday for a show in West Palm Beach. Then it’s a week off before Buffett heads to the midwest for shows in Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, and New Orleans.

View the full tour schedule here and get your tickets now!

Tagged in Show Reviews, Touring

Margaritaville Chicago Shooting for Memorial Weekend Opening

April 20th, 2011

The developers of the Margaritaville Cafe at Navy Pier in Chicago hope to open the new restaurant by Memorial Day weekend, Navy Pier said in an email:

The owners of Margaritaville hope to be open by Memorial Day weekend. Construction on this new Navy Pier restaurant is currently underway. The restaurant management is working to complete construction, and have the restaurant stocked and staffed for that weekend. At this time, they do not anticipate any delays, but in any new construction, unforeseen circumstances may delay the opening.

When first announced last fall, Buffett said “I couldn’t be more excited about Margaritaville arriving on the shores of Lake Michigan. From my earliest days in the city, playing the Quiet Knight on Belmont, to the pinnacle of live performances to me, singing in front of the ivy wall at Wrigley Field, I have had a long and wonderful history and affection for the people, the music, the art and the food of the Windy City. I have always thought Chicago as a beach town, a pretty big one, but still a beach town. I am happy to call Navy Pier home to Margaritaville. Fins Up Chicago.”

(hat tip truckie823)

Tagged in Business Empire, Margaritaville Cafes

Behind the Scenes at Tampa

April 20th, 2011

A great addition to this year’s tour is the Margarillas page on Facebook. They ride along with the tour buses to every show and post pictures and videos from behind the scenes.

Here’s a video they put together from the Tampa show:

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