Buffett- Fillmore 2012

Lounging at the Lagoon
Fillmore Auditorium – San Francisco CA
Thursday October 18th, 2012

Sometimes luck is just on your side- this show was announced with only about two weeks notice, and a few days before that I learned I would be in the San Jose area for a work meeting October 16-19. I had literally booked my travel the day before, and while it would have been nice to fly home from SFO instead of SJC, I sucked it up and one would be hard pressed for any better timing.
At the start of 2012 on some of the internet boards I suggested a few classic venues I would like to see Jimmy play and this was one of them. And if it wasn't for this trip I wouldn't have been able to come out for this weekday show.

And it so happens my one time favorite baseball team was back in the hunt for the World Series, which they would end up going to and winning!
Funny enough their final opponent was the Detroit Tigers and the final game was in Detroit, where I had seen Jimmy do a special show with Lionel Richie on that very field in July. Karma.

Heading up, to San Francisco...left work at 4:30pm and took me almost 2hrs to drive up from Santa Clara. Just missed the door opening.

I first visited San Francisco as a junior on a high school trip, and loved the place. As a result I even started following the Giants baseball team as a way to hang on to the city. It just so happened '89 was a hell of a good year, with an incredibly interesting cast of characters.

Sucks that I bought two tickets assuming someone else would want to go, so getting stuck with it doubled my entry price.

Got to speak with Margarilla Lars before going in.

"The Fillmore Auditorium is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California, made famous by Bill Graham. Named for its original location at the intersection of Fillmore Street and Geary Boulevard, it lies on the boundary of the Western Addition and the Pacific Heights neighborhoods.

In 1968, Graham moved his concerts to a different venue in San Francisco, formerly known as The Carousel Ballro om and El Patio at Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, that he renamed Fillmore West.

The original Fillmore Auditorium continued under the name The Elite Club. Graham began presenting concerts at the original Fillmore Auditorium again in the 1980s, but it was closed due to earthquake damage in October 1989. After much structural work, in 1994 the original Geary Boulevard location reopened as The Fillmore.

As of 2008, The Fillmore is leased and operated by Live Nation."

"In the mid-1960s, The Fillmore Auditorium became the focal point for psychedelic music and counterculture in general, with such acts as John Mahon, The Grateful Dead,The Steve Miller Band, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Byrds, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Carlos Santana, The Allman Brothers Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Miles Davis, and British acts The Who, Pink Floyd, Elton John, and Cream all performing at the venue. Besides rock, Graham also featured non-rock acts such as Lenny Bruce, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Lloyd, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding as well as poetry readings.

The venue had a legendary ambience as well as the stellar performances, often with swirling light-show projections, strobe lights and uninhibited dancing. The cultural impact of the Fillmore was very large. It is referenced by Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in a description of the counterculture of the 1960s in the San Francisco Bay area."

1 Piece Of Work


2 Pencil Thin Mustache
3 Southern Cross


4 One Particular Harbour


5 You'll Never Work In Dis Bidness Again
6 Growing Older But Not Up

7 Son Of A Son Of A Sailor

8 Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes


9 Come Monday

10 Knee Deep


11 Swingin’ Hula Girl (Jimmy said he had binders full of hula women!)
12 Volcano

13 Savannah Fare You Well

14 Cheeseburger In Paradise

I am pleased to say I got one new song on video, and it was one I had REALLY been wanting to get- Banana Republics. Jimmy also changed up the song order a little bit, so that was nice.
15 Banana Republics (with Cowboy In The Jungle)

16 Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit

17 Weather With You
18 Jamaica Mistaica
19 Last Mango In Paris


20 Margaritaville
21 A Pirate Looks At Forty
22 It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
23 Brown Eyed Girl
24 All Night Long

First Encore / Band Intros:
Tina Gullickson, Nadirah Shakoor, Eric Darken, Peter Mayer, Mac McAnally, Doyle Grisham, Roger Guth, Jim Mayer, Robert Greenidge, Johnny Lovell and Michael Utley

25 Scarlet Begonias

26 Fins

Second Encore
27 Lovely Cruise (Jimmy solo)


I was using a brand new concert camera for the first time, and even though I was close with decent lighting almost all my pics came out blurry. Looks like the Panasonic ZS20 is going back.

Chinese Jimmy

Here you can see the Giants wristband he was sporting.

Still was able to be second row on the right side of the stage.

The local couple I was hanging out with.

The temp was super hot in there (unseasonably warm for the Bay Area outside too this week) and I can't say I really cared for the venue, but it is good to say I've been there.

Jimmy Buffett delivers fun Fillmore show

"The guys with the stuffed parrots on their shoulders were having a blast.

They were in their element, boogying next to men in grass skirts and women in shark fin hats and singing along to tales of volcanos, cheeseburgers and pirates.

They were at a Jimmy Buffett show. But it wasn't just any old Jimmy Buffett show on Thursday night -- it was Jimmy Buffett at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco.

It was certainly the top ticket of the season for Parrothead Nation, aka, the group of devoted fans who like nothing better than to dress up in wild garb, toss back a few margaritas and go see Buffett in concert. It's a sizable contingent, enough to fill up all the arenas and amphitheaters, from coast to coast, where the 65-year-old troubadour usually performs.

Yet, he wasn't playing a 20,000-capacity place like Mountain View's Shoreline Amphitheatre (Buffett's usual stamping ground in the Bay Area) this time around. He was performing before roughly 1,000 fans, who were lucky enough to score tickets to the sold-out show.

These fans certainly knew that it was a rare opportunity and thus acted like they'd just been handed winning lottery tickets. They showered Buffett with raucous applause and cheers throughout his two-hour-plus show.

Although he was performing in an intimate setting, Buffett didn't cheat the crowd. Instead, the singer-songwriter-guitarist and his 10-piece Coral Reefer Band delivered their regular arena-sized production -- and it was thrilling to witness that kind of firepower in such relatively cozy confines.

Plus, it was nice to know that the money was going to a good cause. The show was a benefit for Buffett's Singing for Change charity, which supports nonprofit organizations that deal with environmental and social problems.

Buffett's best known album, arguably, is the 1985 hits collection, "Songs You Know By Heart." That also serves as an apt description of the Fillmore set list -- at least for those in the building. The Parrotheads seemed to know all the words to most of the songs, and weren't shy about proving it -- at top volume -- throughout the night.

They sang along with gusto to such fan favorites as "Son of a Son of a Sailer," "Come Monday" and "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes," all of which came during the first hour of the show. And they hadn't run out of breath by the time Buffett brought the concert to a close with the likes of "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" (the chart-topping country number Buffett recorded with Alan Jackson) and "A Pirate Looks at Forty."

Buffett has so many goofy fun novelty tunes, such as "Volcano" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise," that it's often easy to overlook that he's also written some absolutely moving songs. Remember, however, that Bob Dylan once named Buffett among his favorite songwriters -- and one could understand why as Buffett got the most out of the ballads "Son of a Son of a Sailor" and "A Pirate Looks at Forty" in the intimate setting.

Besides mining his own songbook for gold, Buffett also had great success covering other artists. Most notable, his version of "Southern Cross" (now a staple of his live shows) was better than Crosby, Stills and Nash's original. He also did great jobs with Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" (another Buffett favorite) and the Grateful Dead's "Scarlet Begonias" (a very fitting choice for the Fillmore). The biggest surprise was the rollicking rendition of Lionel Richie's "All Night Long (All Night)," which worked well with the Coral Reefer Band's patented tropical touch.

In all, it was more than enough to send Parrotheads home smiling. Even the stuffed parrots on their shoulders seemed to be grinning."