Jimmy Buffett did it again! He put on a show that kept the packed audience on their feet begging for more, just one more song. Even the people in costly seats stayed on their feet. Parrot Heads packed Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood to maximum capacity. There were more Parakeets (offspring of Parrot Heads) this year than ever before. We saw a few old friends and made some new ones, too!
Jimmy did some of his popular oldies like “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” and” Come Monday,” while the crowd sang along. The crowd went wild when Zac Brown joined Jimmy on stage to perform “Knee Deep”. Then Jimmy and the band performed songs in a way only they can for all the Parrot Heads including: ” One Particular Harbor,” “Pencil Thin Mustache,” and “A Pirate Looks At Forty” (with Zac).
Jimmy told a great story about the song “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw,” which is a story in and of itself. He told the crowd about following The Commodores in a club one night, and how as he watched them perform, he was thinking “Oh sh*t…how do we follow that?” Then Jimmy laughingly told the audience how he had praised The Commodores for about 12 ½ minutes of his own set and then they played “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw.” As it turns out, he got just as many bookings as The Commodores did. Next he broke into a rendition of “All Night Long,” while pictures of he and Lionel Ritchie appeared as the backdrop behind the stage.
Jimmy also made reference to his tumble off the stage during his Sydney, Australia performance in 2011, changing the lyrics to “Margaritaville” while performing; he called it the 2012 version.
Jimmy apologized to the parents for singing these “questionable” lyrics for the kids to hear, and then promised the next song would be more “child appropriate”…Jolly Mon Sing. Speaking of children, there were two adorable parakeets sitting in front of us. They sang, danced, and hit every beach ball that came their way, with the help of all of the adult Parrot Heads in the section, who rounded up the balls and handed them over for the little ones to hit. Even with all the festivities (and a little bit of drunken revelry), there was plenty of love in the audience between fellow Parrot Heads enjoying Margaritaville. Where is Margaritaville? Anywhere you want it to be…and on Saturday evening, with just a few thousand friends, it was in Atlanta with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.