October 25, 2013

Buffett performs in Phoenix

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour Thursday night at the US Airways Centre in Phoenix AZ. The set list from the show is now available. It was the first time that the song “Colour Of The Sun” from the album “Songs from St. Somewhere” was played live in concert.

AZCentral has a review of the show: “Jimmy Buffett brings Parrotheads to Phoenix party

Earlier this week, Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton proclaimed Oct. 24 Jimmy Buffett Day, in honor of the sunbaked songwriter/author/cheeseburger salesman’s stop at the arena, part of his Songs From St. Somewhere Tour, with his loyal Coral Reefer Band in tow. It isn’t every day that a novelty songwriter earns his own holiday in this fair city, but Buffett is no ordinary novelty songwriter. Say what you will about his all-encompassing cheesiness, but Buffett boasts a loyal following, “Parrotheads,” as they’re known to self-identify. Unlike Juggalos, another “fandom-as-lifestyle” example, Parrotheads are generally affluent, the kind of folks who sport high-priced Hawaiian shirts and don’t mind dropping some coin on a night out. Downtown Phoenix was flooded with Tommy Bahama shirts. CityScape was abuzz. Streets were closed. Jimmy Buffett is a business, and the Jimmy Buffett business is very, very good.

The appeal of Buffett is no mystery: the guy’s songs are hooky. With a Telecaster strapped around his barrel chest, Buffett looks impressively fit for his 66 years, barefoot in his trademark t-shirt and shorts. The crowd was with him from the get go. “It’s Phoenix, Arizona, on a Thursday,” Buffett roared, following an extended steel drum intro of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.” Following “Kinja,” John Hiatt’s “The Tiki Bar is Open” set the tone for the remainder of his set.

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