Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett and Jason Aldean are among the big names in music that have signed on to appear at a benefit concert for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration” will take place May 30 at TD Garden Arena in the city, and net ticket proceeds will benefit the One Fund, Boston. The fund was set up last month by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino to benefit those most affected by the bombings.
Aerosmith are among the many artists that call Boston home and will appear at the event. Others include James Taylor, New Kids on the Block, Boston and Dane Cook. Additional notable artists appearing include Carole King, J. Geils Band, Godsmack, Steven Wright and Extreme.
“The One Fund event at the Garden this May 30th is destined to be a true Boston landmark,” said James Taylor in a release about the event. “From the promoters to the sound and lights, to the performers and the Garden staff; everyone involved has responded from the heart in a spontaneous and simultaneous desire to be there, and to do what we can for the city we love. I am honored to be a part of it, and… I can’t wait.”
NKOTB member Donnie Wahlberg also weighed in on the importance of the cause.
“Like so many other proud Bostonians who have been extremely generous, we are honored to step up and do our part to help the victims and their families,” Wahlberg said. “Hopefully this event will not only raise money, but spirits as well.”
Tickets for the event will range from $35 to $285, and these include all fees. All tickets will be sold as paperless tickets to help ensure all proceeds go to the One Fund.
Jimmy Buffett says his concerts this year are part of the Songs From St. Somewhere Tour, but so far the “tour” has seemed more like a few scattered one-off dates around the country. But it looks like news for Parrotheads could be picking up, as the man in the Tommy Bahama shirt has added three concerts during the past couple days.
The first will take place at the newly opened Tower Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on May 2, followed closely by a May 4 date at the FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas just outside of Dallas. Both concerts will feature special guest opener Jackson Browne.
A little over a month later, Buffett will appear with his Coral Reefers Band at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, Virginia, though it is unclear if Browne will join him for that show, as well. No word yet on if or when more dates will be added to Buffett’s tour schedule.
At the Texas shows, both Buffett and Browne will perform sets with their respective full bands. This is notable as both have been performing quite a few acoustic shows of late.
“I promise this will be a very special evening for all music fans and will go down as one of the most memorable concerts in Austin’s rich music history,” said Bob Roux, president of Live Nation/North American Concerts, in a statement/hyperbole about the Austin show.
The name of the tour comes from the tentative title of Buffett’s upcoming record Songs from St. Somewhere, which a press release says the artist will be heading to a studio to record “soon.” Assuming the album is made up of all new songs, it will be Buffett’s first original studio album since 2009’s Buffet Hotel. However, last year he released Welcome to Fin City, a live album recorded at two Las Vegas concerts.
Just in time to buy tickets for the Parrothead on your Christmas list, Jimmy Buffett has announced two Florida shows for early next year.
Buffett will appear along with his Coral Reefer Band at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida on February 5, and then at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida on February 7. Tickets for both shows are on sale now.
The Pensacola News Journal points out that the last time Buffett appeared in the city was in April 2011 for an acoustic performance at the National Naval Aviation Museum. His most recent appearance in the area with the full band was for the Concerts for the Coast benefit in Gulf Shores, Alabama in July 2010. The latter concert was in response to the BP oil spill.
Buffett’s tour schedule has been sporadic recently, though he did head Down Under for two shows in Australia back in September – one in Brisbane and the other in Melbourne. He also performed two shows in Las Vegas in October.
His most recent original studio album was 2009’s Buffett Hotel, featuring many songs co-written by Buffett and singer/songwriters Tommy Womack and/or Will Kimbrough. His most commercially successful album of late is 2004’s License to Chill, which features a cover of Hank Williams’ classic “Hey Good Lookin.’” The recording of that song features country stars Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Clint Black.
In other Buffett news, the singer recently sold his Cheeseburger in Paradise chain of theme restaurants. The chain, named after one of his most popular songs, was bought by Luby’s Inc. for $11 million. The chain was founded 10 years ago by Buffett in collaboration with Paradise Restaurants Group LLC, and currently has 23 locations in 14 states. In previous years, the chain has reportedly generated revenues of more than $50 million.
Parrotheads down under have reason to celebrate – Jimmy Buffett is heading your way.
When Buffett played two nights at the Sydney Opera House in January, it was the first time he had been to Australia in decades. Demand was so great that a third show was added, and now the “Margaritaville” singer will play one show each in Brisbane and Melbourne.
The first show will be an outdoor show at the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on September 21, and then Buffett will appear at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on September 23. Neither show will feature Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, but instead will be acoustic shows featured just Buffett and guitarist Mac McAnally. The latter is a member of the Coral Reefer Band, and has also been Buffett’s writing partner and producer for the past couple of decades.
The two new dates are among only a handful Buffett has scheduled for the rest of the year. He will play a run of three dates on the eastern coast of the U.S. before heading to Australia. The first will be August 28 in Philadelphia, then he will head to Wantagh, N.Y. on August 30 and play a show in Washington D.C. on September 1. Once he gets back to North America, he has two Las Vegas dates before the end of the year, the first on October 20 and the second a week later on October 27.
Buffett last released an original studio album in 2009 with Buffet Hotel. That album featured many songs co-written by Buffett and Will Kimbrough and/or Tommy Womack. Both of those songwriters are folk musicians based out of Nashville. His most recent platinum album was 2004’s License to Chill, which is the only Buffett record that has ever reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts.
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four championship is just over a week away, and this year’s host city, New Orleans, will host a free concert series during the event. Jimmy Buffett, the Black Keys and Kiss all will perform on different days in downtown New Orleans’ Woldenberg Park.
The series of shows will be known as “The Big Dance Concert Series,” and legendary rockers Kiss will start things off with a set on Friday, March 30. The band hasn’t played the Crescent City since 2009.
Up next will be the Black Keys, which will perform the following day, March 31. Riding high on the recent release of the El Camino album, the NCAA selected the band’s song “Gold on the Ceiling” as the theme for all of the March Madness television ads promoting the college basketball championships. The band also recently appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and played a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Finally, Gulf Coast native Jimmy Buffett will close things down on Sunday, April 1. The “Margaritaville” singer commonly appears at the city’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and is reported to be a big fan of the New Orleans Saints football team.
A recent concert at Woldenberg Park by Mary J. Blige and Gavin DeGraw drew an estimated crowd of around 10,000 people, and organizers believe that if the weather is good throughout the weekend, “The Big Dance Concert Series” will likely bring a crowd at least that large.
The Final Four itself will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the city from March 31 to April 2. In addition to the concerts, a multitude of other events are planned for the weekend, including a sports forum aimed at high school students, a sports writing workshop and a youth life skills camp. The NCAA is teaming up with the National Association of Basketball Coaches to bring 2,012 pairs of shoes and 2,012 box lunches to needy families.
Following his fall from the stage in the closing minutes of his
concert in Sydney, Australia last Wednesday, Jimmy Buffett has been
released from the hospital and is reportedly “doing well”.
An announcement on Buffett’s website said, “As you probably already
know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and
was taken to the hospital. The doctors say he is doing well and will
be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of
The website recently posted an update that Buffett was released from
the hospital. The new information was posted late Thursday morning,
Buffett, who is 64 years old, stumbled from the stage head first on
Wednesday night following his repeat “Lovely Cruise” performance.
According to eye witnesses, Buffett knocked himself out for
approximately 10 minutes and was bleeding on the face and head. His
staff members and security guards were present with him as they waited
for medical personnel to arrive. The Sydney Morning Herald also had
video of the singer’s fall and of the announcement that the concert
had ended. TMZ stated that the CAT scan returned normal results.
Buffett had given two previous concerts on Sunday and Monday to full
houses at Sydney’s Opera House. He then travelled to the Hordern
Pavilion on Wednesday for an extra concert that had been added due to
overwhelming ticket demand.
One person made a funny remark about Buffett’s fall alluding to his
song “Margaritaville”: “Maybe he blew out a flip-flop”. It might not
have been funny if he’d been seriously hurt, but it’s okay to laugh
now that it’s clear that he’s fine.
Gulf Shores officials on Friday hinted that some big names were coming to a summer series of concerts intended for promoting beach tourism for the area affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
On Sunday, Jimmy Buffet, the chart topping bard of the beach, revealed that he will be playing on the beach on Thursday July 1 and will bringing some friends along.
An announcement on www.margaritaville.com stated that “Jimmy Buffet & Friends Live from the Gulf Coast” will be broadcast by CMT cable channel that day from 7-8:30 pm. Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band are being joined by Allen Toussaint, New Orleans musician, Jesse Winchester songwriter, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band and guitarist Sonny Landreth.
On Sunday, other details were still sketchy. The site of Buffet’s described the show as being free. However a similar posting at www.cmt.com seemed to suggest that information on ticketing will soon be available. Last week, Robert Craft, Gulf Shores Mayor, said the beach shows may have a small admission fee that would go towards charities that were wildlife-related.
Last week, Craft said the city was planning to install the stage on the public beach’s west end, similar to one that was used for the Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival recently.
Organizers are hoping to have five shows presented this summer, according to Craft, with all to be held at mid-week. The bands will be donating their time. Other costs will paid for from BP PLC money, given to the state for promoting tourism.
According to a report from the Associated Press Bob Riley, governor of Alabama, applauded the idea, agreeing to let Alabama’s tourism department help out with the cost of production.
In a statement, Riley said, this will start the turnaround of bringing tourists back to our beaches and help save our summer season, despite the occasional tarballs. Jimmy Buffet fans by the millions will see how beautiful and clean our Gulf beaches are. Many will make the decision to visit. This couldn’t come at any better time, with the July Fourth weekend starting.
On Friday, Craft said, Gulf Shores City Council will be discussing the plan on Monday evening with an official announcement coming on Tuesday.
The last Mobile show for Buffet was in December 1998. The concert held at Mobile Civic Center, a hurricane relief fundraiser, according to organizers raised about $450,000.
A few additional dates have been announced by Jimmy Buffet as he continues backing “Buffet Hotel,” his latest studio album, with a leg in late winter as part of his ongoing tour “Summerzcool.”
The veteran performed has mapped four dates out for next month. He will kick things off in Jacksonville, FL on February 20. Buffett will also be performing in Columbia, SC on February 23, in Orlando, FL on February 24 and in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 27. Check Jimmy Buffett Tour concerning dates on future shows.
The latest opus from the 63 year old song writer and singer, “Buffet Hotel,” released last month, is his first studio album release since “Take the Weather With You” in 2006. Buffet said in a recent press statement that a recent visit to West Africa in order to attend the annual music fest, “Festival In The Desert” near Timbuktu, Mali inspired him to write the music for his new album.
Buffett said, I didn’t go into the desert with any pre-conceived ideas of coming back with an album. I just went to look for stories really. When I stepped on the patio of Hotel De La Gare Buffet at Bamako’s train station, it was that story that ended up as the album’s name and title track. The hotel, better known as Le Buffet Hotel was a train station and hotel in the colonial era where music in Mali flourished after the country’s independence in 1960.
The 12 song “Buffet Hotel,” produced by Mac McAnnaly, Mike Utley and Coral Reefers, also contains “Lost In The Sahara- A Desert Memoir From Jimmy Buffett, a 24 page books that contains each song’s liner notes and descriptions by Buffett of his adventures in West Africa that inspired his new album.
2010 Jimmy Buffett Concert Tour
20 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
23 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
24 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena
27 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BankAtlantic Center
Some new dates have been announced by Jimmy Buffett as he continues backing “Buffet Hotel,” his new studio album. A new late winter leg has been added to his Summerzcool ongoing tour.
The veteran songwriter has added four new dates have been added for next month kicking off in Jacksonville, FL on February 20. during the outing, Buffett will also be visiting Columbia, SC on February 23 and Orlando,FL on February 24. The outing will wrap up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on February 27.
“Buffet Hotel” was released last month. It is a follow up to Buffett’s “Take the Weather With You” from 2006. Buffett stated in a recent press release that a recent visit to West Africa had inspired him to write the music on his new album. Buffett was attending a musical festival in Timbuktu, Mali called the “Festival In The Desert.
Buffett said, I didn’t go into the desert thinking ahead of time that I would return with music for an album. There reason I went was to look for stories. The story sparking the title track “Buffet Hotel,” started as soon as he was on the Hotel De La Gare Buffet’s patio located at Bamako train station. Le Buffet Hotel, as it is better known as, is a train station and hotel from the colonial area and place where music flourished following Mali’s independence in 1960.
“Buffet Hotel” was procured by Mac McAnnaly and Mike Utley of Coral Reefers. It consists of 12 new songs in addition to “Lose In The Shara- A Desert Memoir From Jimmy Buffett,” a booklet of 24 pages. The book includes liner notes for the songs as well as a description from Buffett recalling his adventures in West Africa which served as the inspiration for his new album.
When you first glance at the new album by Jimmy Buffet, which will be released on Tuesday, you might think the title is Buffett Hotel spelled like his last name. If you look closer, however, you’ll notice there is just one T.
People ask me, what is the Buffett Hotel? Then I say it’s Buffet. Jimmy’s last name has been pronounced as Buff-ay for a long time instead of Buff-it. I used to get pissed off, Buffett said. Early on in his career his very own record label even misspelled his name on his albums twice. He says even his lawyers sometimes don’t get it right. This has been ongoing, he added.
“Buffet Hotel” is the first studio album to be released by Buffett in three years. When he visited West Africa in 2007 he fell absolutely in love with a train station inside an old beautiful building located in Bamako, Mali called Buffet Hotel de la Gare. It’s the site of where Mali’s musical scene flourished after the country gained independence in 1960. Buffett said, it’s kind of like you’re visiting Africa’s Opry.
While Buffett was in West Africa to attend the Festival In The Desert held each year in Timbuktu, he ended up jamming in the hotel as well as other clubs late into the night. Buffet said, that was 36 hours of some of the greatest musical runs in my whole life. It left a very lasting impression on me. At Margaritaville.com there is a slide show of Jimmy behind the scenes. For die hard Buffett fans, influences of blues from his African trip can be heard on the new album, but “Buffet Hotel” has lots of classic Buffet songs as well, including Summerzcool, a tune Jimmy has played during his concerts this summer.
Jimmy writes in the booklet accompanying the album that he doesn’t imagine himself just growing old and sitting in a deck chair on a cruise ship. He wrote, I would rather get lost while in the Sahara.
Buffett said, I have a new adventure coming up. I will shy away from live ammunition and sand storms. He is off to Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific.
In early 2010 I’ll be there. On Christmas day he will be celebrating his 62nd birthday. Sixty two, that’s a nebulous kind of birthday, Buffett said. I’m just happy I am here and that I feel good. Sixty five will be a big one I think. That isn’t too far away. My goal is just to live in the moment. Early enough I learned how to do that.
Buffett does admit that he has thought of growing old. Recently he saw Leonard Cohen in concert. He said, I want to see 75 and how that looked on stage. Cohen did a good job. I can see myself doing that when I’m 75. That is if people are still wanting to see me. If not, then I will go to the beach.