Buffett- Detroit 2012

July 28, 2012

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#3414 AUS 7:30amm to Detroit 11:30am

One of the few things I remember about my time in Michigan, and it is still here.
I also remember a Steak'n'shake in Flint (now home to one of our country's worst crime rates), a BW-3 in East Lansing, staying at the Marriott Renaissance Center once (it seemed worn), visiting the U.P. for a customer event (that seemed like a nice place, for the summer), and driving through a blizzard once.

Stayed at the Holiday In Express downtown
15k points plus $20 for valet parking

I had heard about these in Detroit- urban collective gardening areas.

"Detroit is famous for the ubiquitous Coney Island. The term refers to a hot dog with chili, mustard, and chopped fresh onions; the name also applies to restaurants that serve them. The two oldest are American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island, next door to each other in downtown Detroit." - wikitravel

Lafayette Coney

Detroit items- a coney and Vernor's ginger ale at American Coney Island.

Went to the Motown Museum
"The Motown Museum is one of Southeastern Michigan's most popular tourist destinations. Each year, the museum attracts thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the globe. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Museum's mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship."

The line was incredibly slow and hot, took about 75min to get in. But it was nice to see, and our guide even said Lionel Richie might visit while we were there (his band members were there the day before), but he didn't show up.

So didn't get to the stadium until about 7pm. I missed the pre-party, and was worried I might miss the beginning of Lionel's set. I did make it to my seat just at 7:30pm, but he didn't come on for maybe another 20min.

Lionel Richie opened and really really rocked it, even though it definitely wasn't his crowd.
What is the connection to Jimmy? Lionel recently released an album of duets of his old songs, which hit #1, and Jimmy sings "All Night Long" on it.

Running with the Night


Crazy in Love

Stuck on You

Dancing on a Ceiling



All Night Long, with Jimmy Buffett

New friends- Shirley and Ivan from Canada at their first Buffett show.

The place was full- I'm impressed.

Detroit skyline background

Andy Griffith tribute- he died while the group was on time off between shows.

Detroit native, fellow Duke alum, NCAA 2001 National Champion team, 2001 player of the year, 3x National Defensive player of the year, and member of the NBA Champion Miami Heat- Shane Battier on bongos!

This is totally channeling John Stamos from the Beach Boys Kokomo video where he guested on bongos.

Pretty sure this is the largest Buffett show I've ever been to.

Lounging at the Lagoon
Comerica Park – Detroit MI
Saturday July 28th, 2012


1 One Particular Harbour
2 You'll Never Work In Dis Bidness Again


3 Another Saturday Night


4 Gypsies In The Palace
5 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor


6 Jamaica Mistaica (with Detroit's own Earl Klugh on guitar)

7 Come Monday (with Detroit's own Earl Klugh on guitar)


8 Changes In Latitude


9 Swingin’ Hula Girl


10 Knee Deep


11 Volcano
12 Cheeseburger In Paradise


13 King Of Somewhere Hot (with Nadirah as the Queen of Somewhere Hot)

Acoustic Set
14 Piece Of Work (tribute to Andy Griffith)


15 Pencil Thin Mustache


16 Southern Cross


17 Mermaid In The Night

18 Margaritaville (Detroit version, with Shane Battier on congas)

19 A Pirate Looks At Forty

Filmed by someone else

20 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
21 Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw

22 All Night Long (with Lionel Richie)

23 Bama Breeze

Band Intros
Miss Tina Gullickson on vocals, the lovely Nadirah Shakoor, Mr Eric Darken on percussion, Peter Mayer on the guitar, dangerous Doyle Grisham on pedal steel, Mr Mac Mcanally on guitar and saying something, Roger Guth on drums, Jim Mayer on the bass, the Happy Lad from Trinidad Mr Robert Greenidge on steel drums, dancing Johnny Lovell on trumpet, the wise owl Michael Utley on keyboards and thoughts, Earl Klugh, Lionel Richie, Roddie Romero.

24 Brown Eyed Girl
25 Fins

From The Detroit News: Jimmy Buffett turns Margaritaville into love letter to Detroit

Detroit — A sold-out crowd of more than 39,000 Parrotheads turned Comerica Park into Margaritaville Saturday at Jimmy Buffett's first-ever concert in the city of Detroit. And given the overwhelming success of the show, it would be a surprise if it was his last.

The Buffett experience, first and foremost, is about the environment. It's a place where adult males can wear coconut bras and grass skirts and where everyone can act like they're on Spring Break. The concert is only a small part of the festivities, coming after a long day of partying in the parking lot. And after all that partying, fans aren't looking to be challenged. They want the familiar, which Buffett is more than happy to provide.

Anyone with the slightest bit of knowledge about Jimmy Buffett could likely guess 75 percent of the setlist, from "Come Monday" to "Volcano" to "Cheeseburger in Paradise." He spiced up the songs with liberal references to Detroit and the surrounding areas, and turned "Margaritaville" — complete with an assist from Birmingham-bred basketball star Shane Battier on bongos — into a veritable love letter to Michigan. The show included more shout-outs to Detroit than even a Kid Rock concert.

More than anything, it trafficked in the familiar. It wasn't progressive or musically challenging, and it was probably very similar to a Jimmy Buffett concert in 1985, or 1995, or 2005. Buffett isn't about blowing you away with his on-stage energy like Bruce Springsteen or challenging you like Radiohead. He's about creating a lighthearted, easygoing environment, an escape from everyday troubles. Couldn't make it to the beach this summer? A day at a Buffett show will do. Work got you down, kids giving you a hard time? Hire a sitter and spend the day out in the sun with Buffett. Nurse your hangover on Sunday.

Even given that low bar, there were portions of Saturday's concert that were as painful as a bad sunburn. Fans beelined for the bathrooms in droves when Buffett's backup singer Nadirah Shakoor took center stage on "Queen of Somewhere Hot," and an early show performance of "Jamaica Mistaica" was an embarrassment to the Jamaican flag that was used as a backdrop on the stage's video screen.

And nothing was done to scale the concert to Comerica Park; the venue was bigger, but the show had the same production it would have had it been at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Even Comerica Park's new scoreboard video screen, which would have enhanced the visual experience of the show, wasn't utilized. A better use of the concert space would have made the show feel more special; other shows that have been at Comerica Park, from Jay-Z and Eminem to Kid Rock, have made much better use of the stadium setting.

Few seemed to care, however. The hard-partying Parrotheads danced in the aisles throughout the show, even doing conga lines through the sections. Fans came to have a good time and a good time was had by all, so the nitpicking seems extraneous. The ends justify the means, I guess.

The show does score bonus points for having Lionel Richie as an opener. His hits-packed opening set started the party early, and the vibe continued "All Night Long" — to the point where fans were treated to two performances of Richie's hit, once during his own set and again during Buffett's set. Richie, whose album "Tuskegee" is one of the year's surprise best-sellers, made for a perfect opener, and seems primed and ready to go out on a big comeback arena tour of his own. You simply forget how many hits the guy has until he's up there performing them one after another.

Billboard.com article- Lionel Richie Joins Jimmy Buffett in One-Off Show in Detroit: Video

They actually used MY video for the article- over 2000 hits so far!

Shane Battier played congas on Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Margaritaville’ at Comerica Park in Detroit (VIDEO)

Sunday 29th

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#5049 Detroit 8:55am to AUS 10:55am