USA Today Interviews Jimmy Before Jiffy Lube Live Show

posted September 2nd, 2011 at 11:46 am

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by Josh Martin

Before Jimmy Buffett took the stage on Thursday night at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, he spoke briefly with USA Today:

He told USA TODAY that only “300” fans had complained about the no tailgating policy, out of 25,000 tickets originally sold for the show.

While he knows it ticked a lot of fans off, he says, “I can’t argue with the reasoning behind it,” a reference to the fact that four post-concert drunk driving deaths in the last two years prompted the no tailgating policy.

However, inside the Jiffy Lube concert venue, which is owned and operated by Live Nation, fans could buy $14 margaritas, $10 glasses of wine and $10-$13 cups of beers right up through Buffett’s third encore song, just before they would get in their cars to drive home.

As for why the show seemed emptier than usual, Buffett said “10,000 people asked for refunds.” That, however, he attributed to Hurricane Irene, which pushed Saturday’s concert to Thursday, noting that a lot of his fans make the show “a destination.”



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  • StephVA

    300 complaints?  Really?  The “boycott Jiffy Lube Live Tailgate Policy” facebook group has nearly 10,000 unhappy members.  Your tally is minimally 9,700 short.  Don’t blame it on Irene …. it was the tailgate ban.  The only thing Irene did was let 10,000 ticket holders actually get their money back.

  • StephVA

    300 complaints?  Really?  The “boycott Jiffy Lube Live Tailgate Policy” facebook group has nearly 10,000 unhappy members.  Your tally is minimally 9,700 short.  Don’t blame it on Irene …. it was the tailgate ban.  The only thing Irene did was let 10,000 ticket holders actually get their money back.

  • StephVA

    300 complaints?  Really?  The “boycott Jiffy Lube Live Tailgate Policy” facebook group has nearly 10,000 unhappy members.  Your tally is minimally 9,700 short.  Don’t blame it on Irene …. it was the tailgate ban.  The only thing Irene did was let 10,000 ticket holders actually get their money back.

  • CherVA

    If “JIMMY” really believes that hurricaine Irene was the reason for such a low turn out, he is either in denial, or doesn’t care. I have been to 2 of his past labor day shows on Thursdays and the place was PACKED. Come on Jimmy! The crowd last night was more somber. Please change venues, like you did at MWPP and Va. Bch when the stopped tailgating.

  • CherVA

    If “JIMMY” really believes that hurricaine Irene was the reason for such a low turn out, he is either in denial, or doesn’t care. I have been to 2 of his past labor day shows on Thursdays and the place was PACKED. Come on Jimmy! The crowd last night was more somber. Please change venues, like you did at MWPP and Va. Bch when the stopped tailgating.

  • Donnzo

    I have a feeling that he will not play JLL again! we shall see next year!!

  • Donnzo

    I have a feeling that he will not play JLL again! we shall see next year!!

  • folger830

    Everyone should e-mail Jimmy and USA today that there were a hell of a lot more refunds than 300 because of the tailgating ban, NOT Irene!!!! There was bare minimum of at least 10 X more, including 2 for me and my husband. We were glad to be able to get a refund because of Irene as Jiffy Lube dishonestly didn’t really announce enforcement of their new policy until everyone had already bought their tickets. I hope Jimmy misspoke because he can’t not know by now. If he really understands the ban, then he can’t understand why it is safer to let Jiffy Lube sell over-sized, over-priced drinks inside not long before people go out and drive, including serving underage drinkers as many have reported. Contract or no contract Jimmy should stand up for his fans like he did when Merriweather tried the same thing.

  • folger830

    Everyone should e-mail Jimmy and USA today that there were a hell of a lot more refunds than 300 because of the tailgating ban, NOT Irene!!!! There was bare minimum of at least 10 X more, including 2 for me and my husband. We were glad to be able to get a refund because of Irene as Jiffy Lube dishonestly didn’t really announce enforcement of their new policy until everyone had already bought their tickets. I hope Jimmy misspoke because he can’t not know by now. If he really understands the ban, then he can’t understand why it is safer to let Jiffy Lube sell over-sized, over-priced drinks inside not long before people go out and drive, including serving underage drinkers as many have reported. Contract or no contract Jimmy should stand up for his fans like he did when Merriweather tried the same thing.

  • Irishlassred

    I kinda wish I knew how anyone got a refund:  I tried when the concert was rescheduled and what Jiffy Lube personnel told me was “Sorry.  The show wasn’t cancelled, just re-scheduled.”
    My husband and I then, reluctantly went – like others, having bought our tickets before the ban was noted – God what a pitiful evening.  And I’ve been attending Buffett concerts for 30 years or so. Never again. Nope no way nor will Jiffy Lube ever see me or my wallet.
    It was a phone in, disinterest concert – bland, and blah.  There were entire sections of the place that were empty – the lawn had people but mostly it was an empty pavilion.  More employees, granted, just trying to make a living, then concert goers.  The fans, even in costumes, were lame, the music was lame, the performers, except Mac, lame – awful. Horrible.
    If Buffett really thinks that his “40 years of fun fans” were rebuffed by the weather then he has truly checked out.
    What a piss of a way to start the Labor Day weekend.

  • Disgruntled in Columbia

    I have been going to see Jimmy for many, many years.  I will never go to Jiffy Lube Live again to see him or anyone else for that matter.  I cannot believe that you cannot even sit in your car to talk with your friends before the show without being harassed by the police.  Staff lurked in the aisles all night long.  Before I could return to my seat my ticket was checked three times .  I felt like this was a police state.  Look at your audience – some real thugs attending – PLEASE! 
          Jimmy, please return to Merriweather!

  • Narelle King

    Wow, Jimmy has really ticked off his fans, never thought that day would come – You  had better listen Jimmy & change venues.
    Narelle  – Qld Australia

  • Narelle King

    Wow, Jimmy has really ticked off his fans, never thought that day would come – You  had better listen Jimmy & change venues.
    Narelle  – Qld Australia

  • Narelle King

    Wow, Jimmy has really ticked off his fans, never thought that day would come – You  had better listen Jimmy & change venues.
    Narelle  – Qld Australia

  • Sastrickler

    I did attend the concert at Jiffy Lube. It was not at all like the previous years. Although we did enjoy walking in and getting up front lawn seats it was not the same at all. As a PARROT HEAD I was shocked that Jimmy had little to say about the whole situation. I read another article that he did in May that said he was going to try to get Jiffy Lube to change the policy for his concert but now he is saying he can’t argue with the policy. I saw many many drunk people at this concert and I am sure it was from the puchased beer from the jiffy lube stands. I applaud Kid Rock and another performer for speaking out. I agree with other posters about Jimmy’s comment on 300 complaints maybe he should take another look at that. I will never fight the traffic again to see him at Jiffy Lube. I think if he books at Jiffy Lube next year he will have the same amount of people or less. The ( 300 LOL ) 10,000 or more people who did complain will not be buying tickets next year. 

    • Sastrickler

      I forgot about the only 10,000 people asked for refunds comment. A lot of people buy tickets from stub hub because it is hard to get tickets to see his show. The people who purchased stub hub tickets could not get refunds.  We could sell them but NO ONE WAS BUYING. We had 20 people who paid 65+ for lawn tickets only 5 could go to the concert. So I hope Jimmy enjoys the extra money. Thanks Jimmy.

  • Sastrickler

    I did attend the concert at Jiffy Lube. It was not at all like the previous years. Although we did enjoy walking in and getting up front lawn seats it was not the same at all. As a PARROT HEAD I was shocked that Jimmy had little to say about the whole situation. I read another article that he did in May that said he was going to try to get Jiffy Lube to change the policy for his concert but now he is saying he can’t argue with the policy. I saw many many drunk people at this concert and I am sure it was from the puchased beer from the jiffy lube stands. I applaud Kid Rock and another performer for speaking out. I agree with other posters about Jimmy’s comment on 300 complaints maybe he should take another look at that. I will never fight the traffic again to see him at Jiffy Lube. I think if he books at Jiffy Lube next year he will have the same amount of people or less. The ( 300 LOL ) 10,000 or more people who did complain will not be buying tickets next year. 

  • Bananarhum

    Very strange indeed.

  • Bananarhum

    Very strange indeed.

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