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Jimmy Buffett 2016 Year in Review

posted December 28th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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by Josh Martin

Another year is nearly in the books and for parrotheads it saw another busy tour from Jimmy, multiple Margaritaville restaurant and resort openings, a new Christmas album, and a special birthday milestone. Relive 2016 with our annual Year in Review:


January

  • Several tour dates had already been announced by mid-January with tickets going on sale later in the month
  • In an email to the Miami Herald, Jimmy shared a remembrance of his good friend Glenn Frey, who died in January



February

  • It was announced in early February that the Escape to Margaritaville musical will debut in San Diego in 2017
  • Jimmy made a surprise appearance at The Ryman in Nashville, teaming up with Jenny Lewis on a cover of “Handle With Care”
  • By mid-month, nearly every spring and summer show had been announced
  • Jimmy went for a demo ride in the new Icon A5 amphibious airplane




March

  • Jimmy and his wife Jane were spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party
  • President Obama made a trip to Cuba in March and Jimmy also went along where he attended a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National team.




April

  • Our annual April Fools Joke, that Jimmy endorsed Donald Trump for president, hooked many BuffettWorld visitors. Later in the year, Buffett campaigned for Hillary Clinton

  • Jimmy played a private show at The Masters golf tournament
  • After North Carolina passed the controversial “bathroom bill,” Jimmy released a statement where he referred to it as a “stupid law” but said he’d still play his two planned shows in the state
  • Buffett played his first show of 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA. The show was considered a continuation of 2015’s Workin’ ‘N Playin’ Tour
  • Jimmy also played shows in Birmingham, Raleigh, and Charlotte
  • The governor of Mississippi signed into law a bill naming a stretch of Pascagoula beach after Jimmy



May

  • Jimmy kicked off the 2016 I Don’t Know Tour in Austin, Texas with a performance at Austin City Limits Live
  • Buffett implemented the “Door Number Three” contest where fans could vote on rare songs for Jimmy and the band to play each night
  • Alan Jackson joined Jimmy on stage at his show in Nashville where they sang “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” together
  • Shows were also played in Frisco, TX and Orange Beach, AL




June

  • Jimmy played shows in Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and a second Chicago show at the House of Blues
  • “Margaritaville” is inducted into Grammy’s Hall of Fame 2016
  • The Margaritaville Biloxi Resort opened



July

  • Jimmy opened his first Margaritaville in Texas with a location in San Antonio
  • Buffett attended the US premiere of the latest “Jason Bourne” film that his friend Frank Marshall produced
  • At the end of the month, Jimmy performed on The Today Show as part of their summer concert series



August

  • Jimmy caused a little bit of a stir in TV land when he said in an interview that Hawaii Five-O would be ending after the next season
  • Buffett played on the beach in Atlantic City to as estimated 20,000 parrotheads
  • Shows were also played at Boston’s House of Blues, Bangor, Mansfield MA, Pittsburgh, Wantagh NY, and Camden, NJ
  • At the Wyndham Championship golf tournament, Jimmy played at the temporary Margaritaville bar
  • The Margaritaville Casino in Tulsa opened its doors
  • Jimmy performed with Bon Jovi and Paul McCartney at a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in the Hamptons



September

  • The St Louis Cardinals hosted a Jimmy Buffett Night at Busch Stadium
  • A Margaritaville restaurant opens in the Mall of America in Minneapolis
  • Buffett played shows in Omaha, East Troy WI, and two gigs in Paris



October

  • Jimmy released “Tis The SeaSon,” his second holiday album, at the end of October
  • Buffett played shows at Red Rocks in Denver, Las Vegas, San Diego, Sacramento, and Irvine CA
  • After some west coast shows in October, Jimmy flew his jet north to Alaska and then on to Japan where he played a couple shows for service members stationed there

Surfing Okinawa!? That was cool

A photo posted by Jimmy Buffett (@jimmybuffett) on




November

  • On his way back from Japan, Buffett filmed some Hawaii Five-O scenes, reprising his role as helicopter pilot Frank Bama
  • Buffett performed at a Get Out The Vote Rally featuring vice president Joe Biden in St Petersburg, Florida the day before the election



December

  • Jimmy performed music from his new holiday album “Tis The SeaSon” on The Today Show
  • Buffett joined James Taylor and Sarah MacLachlan for a show in Brooklyn
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy turned 70 years old

We hope you had a wonderful 2016! Thanks for visiting BuffettWorld and we’ll see you in the new year!


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Jimmy Buffett 2014 Year in Review

posted December 29th, 2014 at 11:23 am

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by Josh Martin

In just a couple days it’ll be 2015, so let’s take a look back on Jimmy Buffett news in 2014.

January

  • Jimmy performed at a fundraiser to restore Miami Marine Stadium
  • On a hop around Jamaica, Jimmy dropped in to his Ocho Rios and Montego Bay Margaritaville locations
  • Dan Patrick was interviewing Warren Buffett on his radio show when Jimmy called in too
  • The first spring tour dates were announced on January 24th: Tampa and West Palm Beach in April
  • Jimmy attended the Battioke charity event put on by the Miami Heat’s Shane Battier where he sang “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” with Pat Riley
  • In an interview with Beaches, Resorts, & Parks, Jimmy revealed that he’s working on a new book



February

  • The first week of February saw several spring and summer tour dates announced, and by the end of the month nearly the entire tour schedule was out with tickets on sale
  • Jimmy performed with Zac Brown at the ForEverglades Benefit
  • The Margaritaville in Destin, Florida opened its doors on February 17th
  • On a swing through San Francisco, Jimmy sat down with Tekzilla to talk about technology



March

  • Jimmy played a couple of small shows in Australia



April

  • Though most of you recognized it as a joke right away, we did manage to fool a few with our annual April Fools Joke: “Buffett to Launch ‘Margaritaville Pleasures’ Adult Products”
  • On April 11th, longtime Buffett friend and collaborator Jesse Winchester died after battling cancer
  • Jimmy wrapped up the Songs From St. Somewhere Tour with shows in Tampa, West Palm Beach, Raleigh, and Charlotte
  • The Margaritaville chain of restaurants was sold to the Brazil-based International Meal Co.



May

  • On May 2nd, Jimmy visited the New Orleans Jazzfest where he walked around anonymously in a ball cap and sunglasses and enjoyed some of Prejean’s Restaurant’s pheasant, quail and Andouille sausage gumbo
  • On May 3rd, Jimmy joined Allen Toussaint on stage at Jazz Fest for a couple of songs
  • Jimmy launched Margaritaville.TV in late May to coincide with the start of the This One’s For You Tour
  • The May 24th concert in Virginia Beach kicked off the This One’s For You Tour and also was the first show to air live on Margaritaville.TV
  • Jimmy performed at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta, a venue he hadn’t played at in 27 years
  • Shows in Houston and Austin, TX rounded out the first leg of the new tour



June

  • The This One’s For You Tour made stops in Frisco, Fort Worth, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Chicago
  • Margaritaville Pigeon Forge opened its doors on June 16th
  • Jimmy was “way too excited the Heat are losing” when he was shown on television during an NBA Finals game in Miami
  • On June 17th, Jimmy appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as they taped a week of shows in Orlando
  • It was reported that Jimmy and his wife Jane dropped a few million on a home in Beverly Hills, CA
  • Jimmy’s June 19th performance at the Coyote Drive-In in Fort Worth was simulcast to drive-ins around the country
  • The Orlando Business Journal noticed that Jimmy’s Margaritaville Enterprises had filed a trademark application for the term “Coral Reefer” to be used to sell goods and services related to electronic cigarettes



July

  • Jimmy made tour stops in Bethel NY, Mansfield MA, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Detroit



August

  • Buffett plays shows in Bristow VA, Camden NJ, Wantagh NY, East Troy WI, and Hershey PA
  • Jimmy played a free show in Hermosa Beach as part of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week FinFest
  • As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spread around the world in the summer, Jimmy was challenged by his daughter Savannah and several others



September

  • On September 15th the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi closed its doors after only two years of operation
  • Jimmy made his annual trek to Paris where he played two shows at La Cigale



October

  • Jimmy made a west coast swing in October, played shows in Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Portland, and Berkeley CA
  • On October 8th, Jimmy was in San Francisco at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit where he asked the Spotify CEO for a raise
  • A week before the midterm elections, Jimmy played a get-out-the-vote rally for Florida congressional candidate Gwen Graham. She would go on to win the election, unseating incumbent Steve Southerland
  • From his home in Florida, Jimmy recorded a video expressing his support for two Florida ballot initiatives: the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, and the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative. The Water and Land initiative passed, but medical marijuana was voted down on election day



November

  • Mac McAnally set a record with his seventh consecutive CMA Musician of the Year Award



December

  • Jimmy was mentioned at the daily White House press briefing on December 3rd
  • It was announced that a Margaritaville restaurant will be added to the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Escape in 2015
  • Jimmy sat in with Anders Osborne at Tipitina’s in New Orleans December 6th
  • After leaving New Orleans, Jimmy dropped in on his hometown of Pascagoula, MS where he dined at a local eatery
  • On December 25th, Jimmy celebrated his 68th birthday



Thus concludes our wrap of Jimmy Buffett news for 2014. What was your favorite Buffett story or memory from the year?

As always, thanks to you our loyal visitors for stopping by BuffettWorld again this year.

Happy New Year!


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Jimmy Buffett 2013 Year in Review

posted December 27th, 2013 at 10:04 pm

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by Josh Martin

In the year that Jimmy Buffett turned 67, he showed no signs of slowing down. Here’s a look back at 2013. What was your most memorable Buffett experience of the year?

January

  • Jimmy was referenced a couple times in an episode of the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”
  • A rumor dropped that a Margaritaville restaurant is coming to Syracuse. There’s been no additional rumors or info since

February

  • Jimmy warmed up for a February Florida tour swing with a show at the Bamboo Room in Lake Worth, FL
  • A Florida tour swing included shows in Sunrise, Pensacola, and Jacksonville
  • In early February, Jimmy announced his new album and tour name, Songs From St. Somewhere
  • At the Pensacola show, Jimmy played a special “Gulf Coast Set”
  • Buffett’s yacht, the Continental Drifter III, was listed as available for charter for only $65,000 per week (plus expenses)
  • The first spring tour date was announced on Feb. 11th, a stop at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, TX
  • Most of the spring and summer schedule was announced with tickets going on sale a few days later
  • Jimmy and his wife Jane attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in LA

  • Jimmy, Cristoph Waltz, and Michael Douglas. photo Jeff Vespa

March

  • Jimmy recorded a video congratulating the Zac Brown Band on their Grammy win:
  • Margaritaville Cincinnati opened March 4th
  • It was announced that the former Renaissance Grand Beach Resort on St. Thomas would be given new life as a Margaritaville Resort

  • Jimmy in St. Thomas unveiling plans for the first Margaritaville Vacation Club

  • Jimmy recorded another guest appearance on Hawaii Five-0
  • A Margaritaville casino resort addition was announced for the River Spirit Casino in Tulsa
  • Jimmy revealed that he is a co-producer of the Broadway musical Big Fish

April

May

  • The May 2nd show in Austin was postponed one day due to high winds and cold temperatures
  • Savannah Buffett interviewed her dad at the New Orleans Jazz Fest
  • A new Margaritaville opened in Atlantic City and a location in Destin, Florida was announced
  • Alabama Democrats tried to lure Jimmy’s sister Lucy (Lulu) into running for congress. She declined
  • Jimmy performed at a Boston Strong event to raise funds for Boston Marathon bombing victims

June

  • Jimmy joined Willie Nelson at his show in Montauk
  • A free concert on the Atlantic City beach drew more than 75,000
  • Buffett and Toby Keith headed to Nashville to film the music video for “Too Drunk to Karaoke”
  • A June tour swing took Jimmy through Boston, Philly, and Chicago

July

  • A Margaritaville Pigeon Forge location was announced on July 1st
  • Jimmy performed at the opening of his new Bossier City Margaritaville Casino
  • Jimmy performed at the Yacht Restoration School Gala
  • The music video for “Too Drunk to Karaoke” debuted on July 23rd

August

  • Jimmy performed on the Today Show to promote his new album
  • Songs From St. Somewhere, Jimmy’s first studio album in 5 years, was released on August 20th
  • A photo of Jimmy’s big catch off Nantucket made the media rounds
  • Jimmy’s new album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 55,000 copies in its first week

September

  • Jimmy made a surprise visit to his Margaritaville Biloxi operation, arriving by seaplane

October

  • Jimmy appeared on the Ellen Degeneres show, playing “Something ‘Bout a Boat” and “Margaritaville”
  • Buffett played to just a few hundred at the Belly Up in San Diego
  • Comedian Bill Engval and his partner Emma Slater danced to “Cheeseburger in Paradise” on Dancing With The Stars
  • Jimmy performed in Denver, and played the song “A Mile High in Denver,” saying he was pretty sure it was the first time he’d ever played it live.

November

  • Coral Reefer Mac McAnally won CMA Musician of the Year for the sixth straight time

December

  • Jimmy played December shows in Louisville, St. Paul, Tulsa, and Hawaii
  • The December 6th show in Little Rock was canceled due to an ice storm
  • In an interview in Hawaii, Jimmy revealed that he’ll launch a Margaritaville internet TV channel
  • Jimmy wrapped the 2013 tour with a show in Honolulu
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy celebrated his 67th birthday

That’s a wrap for 2013!

Thanks to our many loyal visitors and members over the past year. We look forward to bringing you the most up-to-date Jimmy Buffett news again in 2014.

Happy New Year!


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Jimmy Buffett 2011 Year in Review

posted December 28th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

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by Josh Martin

It seems like we just did this a short time ago… but nope, another year has come and gone and this one saw some big stories in Margaritaville.

Here’s our annual roundup of the biggest Buffett headlines of the year.

January

  • Tour dates began to leak out and get confirmed, earlier than in years past
  • Buffett plays Australia for the first time in several years
  • After a nasty fall off the stage in Australia, Buffett is hospitalized for head and arm injuries
  • Jimmy cancels show in New Zealand to focus on recovering

February

  • Buffett’s featured on the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest poster
  • Kenny Chesney joins Jimmy at the Everglades Benefit show in Palm Beach, FL
  • Charlie Sheen melts down in front of the world, but manages to mention “A Pirate Looks at Forty” in an interview: “Rock bottom? That’s a fishing term. Doesn’t Jimmy Buffett sing ‘down to rock bottom again?’ Love me some Jimmy Buffett. Yeah man, pirate looks at forty.”

March

  • Mac McAnally is honored with the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts
  • Most of the spring and summer tour is confirmed in March with tickets going on sale later in the month
  • Buffett trademarks “Tiger Blood” for a vodka energy drink. To date, nothing has been done with the trademark
  • At the annual SXSW technology festival, Jimmy helps demo StageIt, a service that lets artists broadcast live shows from anywhere and earn money from the viewers.
  • Jimmy performs at the Key West wedding of Fred Troxel and Rita Brown
  • Lance Armstrong tweets as Jimmy plays an impromptu show at Baz Bar on St. Barths.

April

  • Final approval is received for a Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi
  • The Welcome to Fin Land Tour kicked off April 16th in Tampa
  • April 16th was officially designated Jimmy Buffett Day in Florida, per a resolution in the state house
  • Jimmy plays a fundraiser at the Pensacola Naval Air Museum

May

  • Buffett returns to the iconic New Orleans Jazz Fest
  • Landshark Bar & Grill opens in Myrtle Beach
  • The annual Frisco, TX show is capped off with “Livingston’s Gone To Texas,” played for the first time in over 30 years
  • Jimmy reveals that he’s come across some unreleased tunes from the 60’s and 70’s and will put them out in a project dubbed “Buried Treasure”
  • Kenny Chesney makes a surprise appearance at Jimmy’s Nashville show on May 28th. They played “Come Monday” and “Back Where I Come From” together

June

  • In early June, Buffett attended the 40th annual NYPD Foundation Gala
  • Jimmy and the Zac Brown Band win CMT Performance of the Year at the CMT Music Awards for their performance of Margaritaville on CMT Crossroads
  • The duet “Knee Deep” with the Zac Brown Band is released to country radio and a music video is shot in Mexico

July

  • Buffett attends the final space shuttle launch and plays a private show for shuttle workers
  • Savannah Jane Buffett, Jimmy’s daughter, launches clothing line
  • Jimmy plays Cuyahoga Falls outside of Cleveland for the first time since 2004

August

  • “Knee Deep” becomes Jimmy’s second number one song when it reaches the top of the chart in early August
  • Jimmy throws a 60th birthday party for his wife Jane. Guests included Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Richard Gere, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and James Taylor
  • The Bristow, Virginia concert is postponed due to Hurricane Irene
  • Jimmy opens for Ilo at his Stephen Talkhouse show on Long Island. Bill and Hillary Clinton were in attendance
  • With Hurricane Irene still whipping up waves, Jimmy rescued a surfer off Montauk

September

  • A line of Margaritaville Coffee is announced
  • Jimmy releases a live version of the Volcano album, with all tracks recorded at shows from the Welcome to Fin Land Tour
  • It’s become an annual tradition… Buffett plays a show in Paris in late September

October

  • A 15,000 sq. ft. Margaritaville gaming area opens in the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas
  • The Las Vegas Margaritaville breaks the record for the world’s largest margarita
  • Buffett performs in Phoenix for the first time since 2009 and Denver for the first time since 2004

November

  • Jimmy performs at Meeting of the Minds in Key West for the first time in several years
  • Margaritaville Online enters beta testing with several thousand parrothead testers invited to start playing the game before it’s released to the general public
  • Mac McAnally wins CMA Musician of the Year for the fourth year in a row
  • Another Margaritaville Casino wins approval, this one in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Jimmy Buffett guest stars on an episode of the CBS show Hawaii Five-0

December

  • Along with his sisters, Jimmy donates a boat to the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Jimmy and Jane are honored with the 2011 Child Advocacy Award at the annual Child Mind Gala
  • Longtime Coral Reefer Ralph MacDonald dies after a battle with cancer
  • On December 25th, Jimmy celebrated his 65th birthday

What do you think was the biggest Buffett story of 2011?

And now that you’ve read through this year, take a trip down memory lane and view our Year in Reviews from previous years:


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Jimmy Buffett 2010 Year in Review

posted December 28th, 2010 at 10:48 am

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by Josh Martin

He just turned 64, but Jimmy Buffett continues to go at it at a strong pace. And in 2010, he had another big year. What do you think was the biggest Buffett story of the year?

January

  • Margaritaville Key West celebrated its 25th anniversary
  • Buffett performs at his Hawaii restaurant
  • On January 13th, we launched Jimmy Buffett World 5.0, completely revamping the site to the look it has today
  • Haiti struck by massive earthquake, Jimmy cuts video pleading for help
  • Jimmy plays benefit shows in Tahiti and Bora Bora, raising $40,000 for a local school
  • Buffett attends NFC Championship game between the Saints and Vikings. He played a surprise show for some lucky tailgaters before the game.

February

  • In early February, tour dates started trickling out. By the third week of February, nearly every show had been confirmed
  • Jimmy attend the Super Bowl in Miami (pictured right with the Lombardi trophy)
  • In mid-February tickets for the first summer tour dates began going on sale
  • Jimmy gets a mention on the NBC show “30 Rock”
  • Buffett plays a final leg of the Summerzcool Tour, hitting Florida and South Carolina

March

  • Filling his airplane with tents, Jimmy flew to Haiti to help with earthquake relief efforts
  • While in Haiti, Buffett performs for American troops at the US Embassy
  • On March 19th, the CMT Crossroads episode featuring Jimmy and the Zac Brown Band debuts
  • Jimmy plays surprise show at his Margaritaville in Panama City, Florida

April

  • Our April Fools joke had Buffett building a Margaritaville in Dubai. We even hooked a Radio Margaritaville host with that one
  • Margaritaville beats out Planet Hollywood for a piece of land in Hollywood, Florida
  • The 200th episode of South Park lampooned Jimmy Buffett again
  • On April 20th a live acoustic album entitled “Encores” hit stores
  • The Under the Big Top Tour kicked off in Tampa, Florida. Portions of the soundcheck were live-streamed on Ustream for the first time
  • During soundcheck on the 24th, Jimmy pulled out his iPad and chatted with fans that were watching the Ustream live-stream
  • Native Georgian Zac Brown joined Jimmy on stage at his Atlanta show

May

  • On May 1st, Buffett plays Nashville for the first time since 2003. Many fans had trouble getting to the show as heavy rains caused historic floods in the region
  • Jimmy makes the inaugural flight into the new Boscobel Aerodrome in Jamaica
  • Plans for the Margaritaville Beach Hotel are first announced
  • After a two week break, Jimmy hits the road again playing shows in Indy, Cincinnati, Houston, and Dallas
  • Jimmy’s official website Margaritaville.com gets a makeover, and we took you back to see how the site looked over the past 10+ years
  • On the Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy is referenced in the Top 10 List
  • Buffett performs at an event honoring Michael Douglas
  • By the end of May the Gulf oil spill disaster is raging and Buffett joins with a Florida boatbuilder to help with relief efforts

June

  • On June 5th, Buffett toured Florida’s beaches with Governor Charlie Crist to see the effects of the Gulf oil spill
  • Buffett helped Briggs & Stratton cut through the red tape to get generators to Haiti
  • A gift-wrapped Jimmy speaks and performs for graduating students at the Lawrenceville School near Princeton, New Jersey
  • It’s announced that a Margaritaville Hotel will be built in Myrtle Beach
  • Jimmy visited his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, to see how their work was going combating the Gulf oil spill
  • On June 18th, the newest Margaritaville opens in Niagara Falls, Canada
  • A show for the Gulf Coast is announced by Jimmy. Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band are also announced as performers
  • Buffett performs shows in Boston, Detroit, and East Troy, WI
  • On June 28th, amidst the height of the Gulf oil disaster, Buffett opens the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola, Florida
  • Tropical Storm Alex forces a postponement of the Gulf Coast concert. The event is rescheduled for July 11th. Chesney and the Zac Brown Band are unable to attend on the new date
  • Buffett plays a surprise show at his sister’s restaurant in Gulf Shore, Alabama

July

  • Jimmy is interviewed on Anderson Cooper 360 as they walk along the Florida beach
  • On July 11th, Jimmy plays a free show for over 35,000 fans on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama. The concert is streamed live on CMT

August

  • On August 3rd, Jimmy played a surprise show at his newly opened Margaritaville in Niagara Falls
  • The tour is back in session again, as Jimmy plays shows in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Long Island, and Bristow, VA
  • Buffett streams video of the entire Pittsburgh show on Ustream
  • The Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup to the August 14th show in Chicago
  • Jimmy pens a happy birthday letter to his 8th grade Catholic school teacher, who turned 102
  • Buffett attends birthday party for former president Bill Clinton
  • It’s another mention on TV… Jimmy is referenced in an episode of Memphis Beat

September

  • On the 9th, Jimmy visited his alma mater again (Southern Miss) to discuss a couple of projects that he’s working on
  • Zac Brown Band releases new album that includes a duet with Jimmy
  • Buffett plays a show in Paris. Watch a video chronicling his trip to France

October

  • Jimmy plays a fundraiser for Florida governor candidate Alex Sink
  • Buffett plays a Fall tour leg on the West Coast with stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, and Las Vegas
  • On October 20th it’s announced that a Margaritaville Cafe will be built at Chicago’s Navy Pier
  • The TV show “Modern Family” mentions Buffett in an episode

November

  • Coral Reefer Mac McAnally wins CMA Musician of the Year for the third straight year
  • On November 22nd the Margaritaville Nashville opens its doors
  • It’s announced that Jimmy will perform in Australia in January, the first Down Under tour in 20 years

December

  • On December 2nd, Jimmy made a surprise appearance at the Margaritaville Nashville
  • Buffett performs at the Andy Roddick Charity Gala in Austin, Texas on the 4th
  • A Land Shark Bar & Grill restaurant is announced to be coming to Myrtle Beach
  • A private show for American Express cardholders is held in Houston
  • Margaritaville Eyewear is now available for purchase
  • A third Sydney show is announced, plus a show in New Zealand
  • Buffett, along with Robert Greenidge and the Coral Reefer Band, perform “Winter Wonderland” on the Today Show
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy celebrated his 64th birthday



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Jimmy Buffett 2009 Year In Review

posted December 28th, 2009 at 3:47 am

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by Josh Martin

2009 was another big year for Jimmy Buffett. His summer tour was hugely successful again, he partnered with the Miami Dolphins to rename their home field Landshark Stadium, and a new album dropped in December. And of course there was lots more in between. So here’s our Jimmy Buffett 2009 Year in Review:

January

  • In early January Jimmy made a swing through the Caribbean, making stops at his Margaritaville Cafes in Grand Cayman and Cozumel where he, Mac, and Nadirah played surprise shows
  • Buffett attends Wounded Warriors Project’s Soldier Ride in Key West
  • Spring and summer tour dates began to trickle out in mid-to-late January

February

  • On February 2nd Margaritaville.com confirmed all shows for the Summerzcool Tour
  • Also on February 2nd, Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber Restaurant opened in Honolulu
  • Parrothead license plates become available for South Carolina residents
  • On February 12th, Jimmy played a surprise show at the Margaritaville in Key West
  • About 2 weeks later, Mailboat Records releases 4 digital downloads from the Key West show
  • On Tuesday the 24th, Buffett and the Coral Reefers open the 2009 Summerzcool Tour in Maui
  • On the 26th he plays a private show for the opening of Jimmy Buffett’s at the Beachcomber

March

  • Jimmy performs at Netscape founder Jim Clark’s wedding in the British Virgin Islands
  • In late March, we report that Margaritaville Rum is coming soon
  • Also at the end of the month, Coral Reefer Mac McAnally releases a new single: “You First”

April

  • Buffett sends out an April Fool’s joke on his Twitter account saying that the summer tour has been canceled
  • On April 10th, Jimmy called in to Radio Margaritaville to discuss the tour and a new album in the works
  • First rumblings surface about Jimmy entering into a partnership with the Miami Dolphins
  • Spring tour kicks off in Atlanta on April 16th
  • Buffett also plays Dallas, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Tampa in April
  • A planned Today Show appearance by Jimmy in Key West in May is scrapped so that the NBC staff could stay in NYC to cover the Swine Flu outbreak

May

  • It was announced on May 1st that Jimmy had entered into a agreement with the Miami Dolphins to rename their home field “Landshark Stadium”
  • “Summerzcool” is released as a digital download
  • The Fall tour dates are removed from Margaritaville.com, causing mass speculation and frustrating parrotheads on the West Coast
  • On May 8th the Dolphins held a press conference in Miami announcing the stadium’s name change to Landshark Stadium. Jimmy performed at the event
  • Tour resumed on May 14th in Phoenix. Jimmy also plays Las Vegas, Concord CA, and Irvina CA in May
  • Additional Fall tour dates are announced in London, Paris, Orlando, and Charlottsville, VA. The San Diego, Seattle, and Las Vegas shows planned for the Fall are officially canceled

June

  • Trump Entertainment Resorts terminates the agreement with Coastal Development to buy the Trump Marina and Casino and turn it into a Margaritaville-themed casino
  • It’s announced that the first Canadian Margaritaville will open in Edmonton
  • “Margaritaville” referenced on The Colbert Report
  • On June 13th Jimmy performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee
  • i-Encore, a parrothead iPhone app is released in mid-June
  • Tour resumes on June 18th in Camden, NJ. Jimmy also plays in Pittsburgh and Boston
  • In late June, former Coral Reefer Tim Krekel (pictured right) died after a short battle with cancer

July

  • On July 1st, Jimmy Buffett and parrotheads are mentioned on an episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
  • Jimmy performs in London on July 5th
  • On July 9th, Jimmy rode along in the Lance Armstrong’s Team Astana car at the Tour de France
  • It was reported that Jimmy Buffett serenaded Walter Cronkite in the weeks before his death
  • In late July Coastal Development sues Trump over the Atlantic City casino deal
  • On the 29th, Jimmy makes a surprise appearance at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, New York
  • Jimmy performs and is interviewed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on July 29th

August

  • Tour resumes in Cincinnati on the 6th. Jimmy also plays Chicago, Indy, Detroit, Atlantic City, Wantagh NY, and East Troy WI in the month of August

September

  • On the 2nd, Politico reports that Jimmy Buffett was at the White House
  • Jimmy speaks and performs at a memorial for Walter Cronkite in NYC on the 9th
  • In mid-September the Orlando show scheduled for November 14th was removed from Margaritaville.com’s tour dates page with no explanation given
  • Jimmy lends his boat to three combat veterans
  • Prior to the Dolphins Monday Night Football game on the 21st, Jimmy performs outside of the stadium
  • A new line of iced tea by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is announced
  • On September 30th it was announced that Jimmy had joined the effort to restore Miami’s Marine Stadium, the venue for the Live By The Bay show from 1985.

October

  • On October 16th the Margaritaville on Grand Cayman was robbed
  • Jimmy plays for the National Association of Convenience Stores in Las Vegas
  • Jimmy performs at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, CA on October 24th

November

  • We reported on the 3rd that “Margaritaville” had been trademarked for video game use
  • On the 7th, Jimmy played a show on St. Barth’s for the 60th anniversary of Le Select
  • The CMA Awards were held on the 11th and Coral Reefer Mac McAnally won Musician Of The Year for the second straight year
  • Jimmy plays final shows of the Summerzcool Tour in Charlottsville VA, Toronto, Uncasville CT, and New York City
  • On the morning of the 23rd, Jimmy appeared on the Today Show to discuss his upcoming album “Buffet Hotel”

December

  • Jimmy’s new album “Buffet Hotel” is released. It’s Jimmy’s first studio album since “Take The Weather With You” in 2006
  • On the 9th, Jimmy and the Zac Brown Band tape an episode of CMT Crossroads in Nashville
  • We reported on the 13th that Buffett had acquired two new airplanes
  • On the 17th, we reported that an aviation departure procedure out of Palm Beach International Airport in Florida had been named after Jimmy
  • We report on the 18th that a job listing for a General Manager at a Margaritaville location in Nashville had been posted
  • On Christmas Day, Jimmy celebrated his 63rd birthday

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