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Buffett Starts Off New Tour in Austin

posted May 24th, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett kicked off his new I Don’t Know Tour on Monday night in Austin, Texas as part of Austin City Limits Live.

There were a few rare songs played (see set list below).

From the Austin Chronicle:

Five consecutive years of summer tour warm-ups in Austin during May yielded a first at the Moody Theater Monday: Jimmy Buffett wore a blazer.

“Manuel’s [American Designs] in Nashville,” announced the cult leader two tunes into a nearly two-hour, 21-song set last night at the home of Austin City Limits, while stroking a lapel. “This was on a mannequin.”

For starters, the bandleader of 11 group members began the show with an extended rap about some eight years of tour fine-tuning in the capital city. (Wait, and only five shows!?) Paying tribute to his local mentor Jerry Jeff Walker, who opens his Frisco show on Saturday in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Willie Nelson’s statue out front (“Since he’s still alive, I wonder how Willie feels about that”), and Austin itself, Buffett uncharacteristically went on at length before ever playing a note.

In fact, the fiesta got off to a slow start. The frontman explained that this year’s I Don’t Know tour sought to revive songs the traveling tiki carnival hadn’t performed in a decade or more. “Presents to Send You,” “Migration,” “Cowboy in the Jungle”? No such luck. Instead, nostalgia only went back as far as 2009 and 1996 respectively on the one-two of openers “Summerzcool” and “Only Time Will Tell.”

Before long, however, the band was functioning at 80-proof, Floridays’ “Meet Me in Memphis” cruising its namesake’s Beale Street, and tour moniker “I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)” reviving 1982 teen film yuks Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Who recalls that the first name of Sean Penn’s titular stoner was Jeff? For “Margaritaville,” the host welcomed Hollywood mega-producer Frank Marshall onstage to play guitar and sing harmonies with second lieutenant Mac McAnally.

McAnally’s solo turn on the only song Duane Allman wrote by himself, instrumental “Little Martha,” segued the band out of Caribbean bar band mode – congas, steel drums, trumpet, back-up singers – into a bluegrass cluster at one end of the wide stage. Six string-benders, from mandolin to Temple native Doyle Grisham’s acoustic slide, and one accordionist picked as Buffett sang to the lords of Easter Island (“Delaney Talks to Statues”) and then honored his onetime neighbor Glenn Frey with their co-write “Gypsies in the Palace,” about a friend of theirs who impersonated the the king parrothead in order to stuff a couple of girls into the singer’s Porsche, which ended up in a creek.

Read more about the show at Austin Chronicle.

1. Summerzcool
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. Volcano
4. Meet Me in Memphis
5. Pencil Thin Mustache
6. Son of a Son of a Sailor
7. Come Monday
8. Cheeseburger in Paradise
9. I Don’t Know (Spicoli’s Theme)
10. Changes in Attitudes, Changes in Latitudes
11. Margaritaville
12. Fins
13. Little Martha
14. Delaney Talks to Statues
15. Gypsies in the Palace
16. Take It Easy
17. Barometer Soup
18. It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere
19. A Pirate Looks at 40
20. Southern Cross

Encore (solo acoustic)

21. Railroad Lady


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Jimmy Plays Virginia Beach

posted April 17th, 2016 at 11:11 pm

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On Saturday night, Jimmy Buffett performed at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA. The show was the first of 2016, but considered a continuation of 2015’s Workin’ ‘N Playin’ Tour. The I Don’t Know Tour doesn’t kick off until May.

You can view the set list here. A couple highlights were “Silver Wings” for the late Merle Haggard, and “Gypsies in the Palace” for the late Glenn Frey.

Jimmy continues the tour on Tuesday in Birmingham, and then heads to North Carolina for a show in Raleigh and another in Charlotte. View the full 2016 tour schedule and get your tickets now!.


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Fall Tour Leg Wraps Up In California

posted October 26th, 2015 at 10:36 pm

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With a swing out west, Jimmy Buffett wrapped up the fall leg of the 2015 Workin’ N’ Playin’ Tour.

View the set lists from the October shows:

View the set list for any show from 2015 or previous years in the Shows & Set Lists Archive.

Only one show remains in 2015: a New Years Eve concert in New York City. Get tickets now!


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Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane Brings the Stanley Cup to Margaritaville Again

posted June 28th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

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For the third time in 5 years, the Chicago Blackhawks won the NHL’s Stanley Cup, and each time Patrick Kane has brought the Cup on stage at Jimmy Buffett’s annual Chicago show.

See the set list from the show here.


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Jimmy Plays the New Orleans Jazz Fest

posted April 26th, 2015 at 11:48 pm

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Jimmy Buffett made his way to New Orleans this weekend for a show at the annual Jazz & Heritage Festival.

View the set list from the show here.

NOLA.com has photos and a review of the show: Jimmy Buffett showers followers with hits at New Orleans Jazz Fest 2015

Barefoot bard Jimmy Buffett immediately charmed the Acura Stage audience at New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday (April 26) when he stepped to the microphone and absurdly identified himself as rapper Pitbull, who was actually appearing at the Congo Square Stage. Time and again during his two-hour performance, the 68-year old country/Caribbean singer delighted the crowd with references to the Crescent City, where he busked in the French Quarter 40 years ago.

During his recitation of the sand and sun anthem “Margaritaville,” the best-selling author modified the lyrics to match the mire that spread out in front of him in the rain-soaked racetrack infield.

Read the full review here.


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West Palm Beach Show Kicks Off Florida Tour Leg

posted April 9th, 2015 at 11:30 pm

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by Josh

Jimmy Buffett kicked off a Florida tour swing on Thursday night with a show at The Coral Sky Amphitheater in Buffett’s part-time hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida. The show was considered a continuation of 2014’s This One’s For You Tour.

View the set list

Jimmy stays in Florida for two more shows before heading up the Gulf Coast to Orange Beach, Alabama and then New Orleans for JazzFest:

View all of the 2015 Tour Dates.


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