Welcome back to Fin Land as Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band played their first show of 2012 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on Saturday night.
Jimmy kicked things off with “The Wino and I Know” and ended the show with “Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season.” A notable addition to the set list was “Everybody’s Got a Cousin in Miami.”
You can view the full set list here.
Miami Heat star Shane Battier, who quoted Jimmy when he joined the Heat in December, tweeted a picture of him and Jimmy on Saturday night:
The tour continues on Tuesday in Jacksonville. View the full tour schedule and get tickets here.
Update – The Miami Herald has a review of the show:
Perhaps it was the Miami Heat’s victory over the New York Knicks the night before at the AmericanAirlines Arena but Heat fan Jimmy Buffett seemed in particularly good spirits and warm voice Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines before a sizable, but not quite sold-out, crowd for his first concert of 2012.
“This is as wild as the Heat game last night,” Buffett grinned before thousands of fans after the concert opening deep album cut, The Wino and I Know.
Just before he started his first encore song some two hours later, the evergreen Fins, a barefoot Buffett thanked Pat Riley for the spiffy black shirt the Heat coach supposedly offered him backstage. The spotlight fell on Riley in the stands and he apparently seemed ready to partake in, or at least observe, the Fins concert ritual that Parrot Heads the world over have turned into a kind of boomer aerobics since the tour staple’s release in the summer of 1979. A familiar site: thousands of outstretched arms swoop atop the head like a shark’s dorsal fin and as the jolly chorus hits, arms and body move along to the lyric’s direction: “fins to the left, fins to the right.”
Buffett also took a cheerful jab at his history inside this particular bayfront venue. “I can say anything I want on this stage and not get thrown out,” he cracked, a reference to an incident in Feb. 2001 when he was ejected from his courtside seat by a referee during a Heat/Knicks game for reportedly engaging in language saltier than that found in some of his classics such as Why Don’t We Get Drunk.