Buffett Gives Fans More Than a 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'

By Gretchko, Andrew | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), July 20, 2013 | Go to article overview

Buffett Gives Fans More Than a 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'


Gretchko, Andrew, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Arriving in everything from beat-up old cars dressed in Hawaiian leis and painted with slogans like "fins up" to limousines, thousands of Parrotheads came to the First Niagara Pavilion Thursday for Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band's annual visit here.

Two days before the show, First Niagara Pavilion and Live Nation issued rules for those planning to tailgate before the show. Just like when Kenny Chesney, a friend of Mr. Buffett, came to town late last month, fans pushed the limits. Luckily, most of the rules pertained to car parking rather than drinking.

And just like the pricey parking fee charged at Heinz Field for Mr. Chesney's most recent show, parking at Mr. Buffett's show wasn't cheap ($20) -- in fact, according to multiple parking attendants, Mr. Buffett's shows are the only performances when First Niagara Pavilion charges separately for parking. Parking for all other shows at the venue is included in the cost of the ticket.

The day of the concert, tickets for the pit could be found for as much as $6,825 on BigStub.com -- or a more wallet-friendly $21 for lawn seats on TicketMaster.com.

Loyal fans didn't seem to care, transforming the grass field- turned-parking lot into a Hawaiian-themed party. Some even tailgated for the show on the side of state Route 18 outside the venue.

"I have some people in Pittsburgh tell me they got their master's from tailgate university!" Mr. Buffett joked with the crowd.

For their efforts, they were treated to the musician's latest tunes.

Longtime supporters are used to classics like "Cheeseburger in Paradise" and "Margaritaville," but the 66-year-old also introduced the crowd to tracks off his 29th studio album, "Songs From Saint Elsewhere," his first studio release since 2009's "Buffett Hotel."

The album, which also serves as the name for this year's tour, is set for release Aug. 20, according to BuffettWorld.com.

With a big high-definition projection screen behind him often posting images of far away tropical islands, Mr. …

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