In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Jimmy Buffett reveals that he’s planning to take some time off:
“I’m not working as much as I used to work. I turn 70 this year, and I’m going to take some time off and enjoy myself. I have some other projects in mind, though. I’ll be doing things and bringing a camera along to take fans places that aren’t so easy for them to get to,” he said.
The rest of the article is a good read and includes a wrap of the Houston Show on Saturday night, how he came up with the “I Don’t Know” name for the tour, and how he got Jeff Bridges to voice a talking cartoon coconut:
“We always have a meeting when a tour ends to start planning the next one. ‘OK, now what are we going to do?’ We were joking around, and everybody kept saying, ‘I don’t know.’ It got humorous and we just followed that trail,” he said.
Buffett is letting fans help create the concert set list this year. They can go online and vote for songs they want him to play. The catch: Fans can only request songs that Buffett hasn’t performed live in the past 10 years.
“I’m liking what they’re picking,” Buffett said. “They’re voting for some interesting things. We did ‘Barefoot Children in the Rain’ in Atlanta. I’m still tweaking how to get more of those songs in the show.”
For Houston, Buffett played “In the Shelter,” a song originally recorded in 1971. It’s as far back as Buffett goes.
OK, that’s one song. There are nine songs – the hits like “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” “Volcano” and “Fins” – that he has to play or fans would revolt.
That leaves 654 more songs on his jukebox according to buffettnews.com, the mind-boggling compendium of Buffett facts and figures.
How does he pick and choose?
“I can’t tell you that … that’s part of the mystery,” he said.
“Without rehearsing, we can do 105 songs. That gives me a lot of room to move around and call audibles. I still read crowds to see what would work that night.”
Another twist for this year’s tour: a talking cartoon coconut that kibitzes with Buffett throughout the concert. The voice behind the coconut: Jeff Bridges. How’d that happen?
“I asked him, that’s how,” Buffett said. “We’re old friends. The coconut needed a voice. So I asked Jeff and he said yes. Warren Buffett once told me, ‘Ask for what you want, but be prepared for somebody to say no.’ Well, Jeff didn’t say no.”
Jimmy Buffett has been on the road the last week for his brand new I Don’t Know Tour, and on Thursday in Nashville he was joined by a special guest: Alan Jackson. The country legend came out for “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.”
Check out what songs have been in the set lists so far:
Do you have a favorite Jimmy Buffett song that you haven’t heard him perform live in years? Now is your chance to tell him! Jimmy’s people have compiled a list of songs that he hasn’t played in over 10 years. Simply select your favorite 5, and they will randomly choose one of the top-voted songs for Jimmy to play each night on tour!
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.
2. Only Time Will Tell
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
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
Set on the sands that separate the Atlantic Ocean from the famed Atlantic City Beach boardwalk, this year’s concert series marks the largest ever in the history of the beach. Rolling Stone Country has the exclusive announcement of the three big shows, which are presented by Live Nation in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA): Buffett’s headlining gig on August 13th will also feature G. Love & Special Sauce, and will be followed by Zac Brown Band with Drake White and the Big Fire on September 1st. The September 3rd event packs a quadruple punch: Florida Georgia Line will cap a night that also features Cole Swindell, the Cadillac Three and Kane Brown.
Tickets for Buffett’s show will go on sale Friday, June 3rd through Ticketmaster.
According to Guidelive.com, ZZ Top is cancelling its opening appearance at Jimmy Buffett’s concert in Frisco, TX later this month:
Sorry to anyone wanting to belt “Sharp Dressed Man” alongside ZZ Top live on Memorial Day Weekend in Frisco. ZZ Top will not be opening for Jimmy Buffett at the May 28 concert at Toyota Stadium as originally planned. Texas country singer Jerry Jeff Walker is the opening act replacement.
ZZ Top has postponed its tour indefinitely while Dallas-born lead singer Dusty Hill recovers from a fractured shoulder. The band reports that they plan a tour in September, though no Texas dates are yet on the lineup.
The lack of the bearded duo at Buffett is a bummer, but many Texas music fans will welcome Jerry Jeff. Surely, he’ll play his famous “Mr. Bojangles” in addition to a slew of outlaw country songs that have made him one of the more notable living Texas country artists.