Buffett Wraps July Tour Leg in Detroit

July 27th, 2014

Jimmy Buffett wrapped up a July tour leg on Saturday night at Comerica Park in Detroit. It was the third year in a row that he’s played at the home of the Tigers MLB team.

The Detroit audience was treated to a special moment when James Taylor came out to perform “Mexico” with Jimmy.

View the full set list here and check out the set lists from all shows in 2014 here.

Jimmy’s got about three weeks off before he hits the road again on August 16th in Bristow, Virginia. See the full tour schedule and get tickets now.

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Buffett Talks Margaritaville TV with Billboard

July 26th, 2014

In an interview with Billboard, Jimmy Buffett talks about Margaritaville TV, writing new music, and a new wine(!) he’s developed:

“The feedback from [Margaritaville TV] has been unbelievable,” says Buffett. “There was one element of my inner circle that thought we’d be cannibalizing ourselves by going on television. But I played my instincts, and I haven’t had one person say they’ll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up to go see it in person. And there are other people that can’t get to a show that absolutely love the fact we’re doing it. My friends in Bora Bora now can punch (the shows) up on the screen and watch it while they’re having dinner. It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation.” And, Buffett adds, “I think it’s the way you’re going to get to see us in the future. The number of shows is going down. We’re taking off a little more time every year. We’re not going anywhere, but this way people can make it to any show, even if we’re not playing around where they are.”

Though the shows have been streamed for free so far, Buffett is looking for a way to pay for it:

We can go into the (recording) studio and let people in there and watch us while we’re doing it,” Buffett notes. “We’ve got a lot of great variables we can do with it. We just have to figure out how we’re going to pay for it — subscription? Advertising? Both? So that’s coming. The good thing is we’re not out there looking for an audience. We’ve got one. We’ve got a million and a half, 2 million on Facebook. I know at Pandora, 200 people a day sign up for the Jimmy Buffett station there. So we can forget about trying to get on radio, ’cause that’s not going to happen, and just use our own radio station and TV station to get to those people.”

On writing new music:

Buffett’s last album, Songs From St. Elsewhere, came out in August 2013, and he says that since then he’s been “playing around with some new songs,” including one called “We Need to Care a Little Less,” which he says is “about over-thinking, over-reacting to everything.” Writing, he adds, is “a natural process. I’m not stopping writing,” but he isn’t sure if a conventional album will be the result. “For me, an album has just been adding something; if you like this music you can add it to the collection,” he explains. “I’m not out there trying to win hits or chase Grammys or shit like that. I’m just trying to stay in the game at our level, so we’re looking to find the best system for the next batch of new music.”

You can get Margaritaville Rum and Margaritaville Tequila, and soon you’ll be able to get Auter deRosé:

Buffett’s other new endeavor is in the wine world — Auter deRose, whose purpose, he cracks, is “to get women in our bigger bars to stop drinking white zinfandel and drink a better wine. It’s just from my days of liking rosé and ‘can we make a decent rosé in America, ’cause there isn’t one.’ So I worked on it for about two years with guys I knew who were winemakers and we just did it and it came out really good.”

Read the full interview at Billboard.

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Margaritaville Biloxi Casino to Close

July 21st, 2014

Barely two years after it opened, the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi will close in the next two months.

The casino will own the dubious title of first casino to close on the Gulf Coast since Katrina nine years ago.

Management met with employees Monday morning and gave them WARN notices, required under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, telling them of the impending closing of the casino on or before Sept. 19.

Employees were told not to speak to reporters and said on the way out of the meeting, “It could cost us.”

It will be business as usual, said Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for the owners. But business dropped following the announcement that Harrah’s Casino in Tunica was closing in June, and Cavanaugh said Margaritaville could close in a couple of weeks if the same happens in Biloxi.

Cavanaugh said MVB Holding LLC, the company that operates the casino, was unable to come to an agreement with its landlord and therefore could not secure financing to build a hotel.

Cavanaugh also admitted that the casino is losing money, but declined to say how much.

There were lots of high hopes for the casino that opened May 22, 2012, with a concert by Buffett, attended by thousands and broadcast live worldwide on Margaritaville Radio.

Read more at The Sun Herald.

Only three weeks ago, it was announced that Jimmy Buffett’s at The Beachcomber restaurant in Honolulu is closing.

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Buffett Caption Contest Winner: Diana

July 19th, 2014

Congratulations to Diana McFadden for winning the latest Jimmy Buffett Caption Contest.

Here’s her winning caption:

“Now that I have the George Washington profile mastered, can I print my own Margaritaville money?”

Bob Campbell came in second with “Damn it. It is my own damn fault.”

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Portland Show Added to Fall Tour

July 17th, 2014

20140717-132316-48196069.jpgJimmy Buffett has added another west coast show to his fall tour schedule. The This One’s For You Tour will roll into the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on October 21st.

Portland, OR
Moda Center
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Tickets go on sale July 25th through Ticketmaster | Ticketnetwork

(hat tip Brian)

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