What’s Jimmy Buffet Up To During The Pandemic – Virtual Tours?

You must eager to know about Jimmy Buffet’s upcoming pandemic virtual tours. Jimmy Buffett’s quarantine has involved spending time out on the water, practicing his French, playing the guitar, and singing with his loved ones in southern California.

However, one thing that it no longer included is a frozen margarita. In 2018, the beach bum star sent shock waves through Margaritaville when he disclosed he no longer drinks his signature beverage. He favors tequila on weekends, and typically on the rocks.

Margaritas have become too sweet. He enjoys real lime juice but really doesn’t like tons of sugar is what Buffett told reporters.  Buffet was watching TV and saw the show ‘Queer Eye,’ and they were doing a makeover, and the man had what he called a Redneck Margarita, which was terrible tequila mixed with a Mountain Dew. And Buffett said, that’s way too far, I would never do that. Only good tequila with lime, now you are talking my language.

New Album Released

Regardless of what is below his cocktail umbrella, Buffett is the same master storyteller we have appreciated for five decades, and his first new album since 2013 is called  “Life on the Flip Side,” which came out May 29th.  The music is a comeback to the “Key West stage” of Buffett’s early ’70s albums, which produced hits such as “Grapefruit — Juicy Fruit” and “Come Monday,” and featured lively lyrics about finding love in heaven, years earlier cheeseburgers hit on the menu. The new album’s 14 songs cover anticipated Buffett terrain — lazy beach days (“Who Gets to Live Like This”) and wine-soaked nights (“Half Drunk”) — but also hit more current subjects that resonate differently throughout a worldwide pandemic virtual tour.

“Live Like It’s Your Last Day,” for example, was inspired by the singer’s past experiences with a 1994 plane crash and 2011 period collapse.  Jimmy Buffett had a few close calls, and he is still here, so he believes I have to live like it may be my last day. He just writes from personal experience, and all of a sudden, as well as a pandemic virtual tour and lots of others, can (relate). Though that’s what songs are for, and he thinks that will happen with a few of these new songs.

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This year, Buffett made the album with his Coral Reefer Band in Key West, Florida, and was supposed to go on a U.S. tour this spring and summer. The concert dates were canceled or rescheduled due to coronavirus concerns, and his band believed in postponing the album release.

“Jimmy, though, was the first to shut down that believing,” says Mac McAnally, Buffett’s longtime co-writer and bandmate. “Since we can not be there in person in this pandemic, he needs to be there to lift spirits any other manner possible.” Jimmy’s been making people smile for decades and continuing that tradition is more important than maximizing any marketing program. That is one such thing McAnally enjoys most about him and the entire organization. He also said; we are like a traveling circus with musical instruments.

Instead of “live shows”, Buffett has started a so-called “virtual tour”: rebroadcasting old concerts on his web page and SiriusXM radio station every Saturday and Wednesday night. His loyal fans — collectively known as Parrotheads — frequently share pictures of these on social media “tailgating” in their backyards and living rooms, wearing bathing suits and flower leis as they drink and dance.

“While coping with this hard time, you must get a little bit of joy, which is obvious in the people who are true fans of ours,” Buffett says. The people have always had the strength of Americans to deal with difficulties. He is not so keen on some of the political scenarios happening with it, but he believes in the intelligence of a few folks out there with the capital and money to make it through this pandemic virtual tour.

For Trump’s handling of this outbreak, “Let’s just say I knew him in Florida, and he has not changed since then,” Buffett stated.

Although the future of live music appears gloomy — with experts predicting festivals and concerts will not return until next year — the music mogul says he has no trouble playing too much smaller audiences to keep fans safe. He remembers a 2014 show he performed in a drive-in theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, long before the socially distant trend.

Jimmy Buffett said at the start of this outbreak people asked me, ‘Can you go out and play to 10 or even 20 people?’ And he said, ‘I have played at bars where there were only waitresses and bartenders, not any other people.’ If you are not a performer who loves what you do, then you do not understand it doesn’t matter if 2,000 people or two people are listening. They’re going to get the same show.

Jimmy Buffett Concert Schedule Updates

The Coral Reefer Band and Jimmy Buffett are rescheduling their June concerts in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee into the following dates this autumn:

Nashville, TN: Ascend Amphitheater — Monday, September 14, 2020, = = > May 18, 2021 at 8 pm

Charleston, SC: North Charleston Coliseum — Thursday, October 1, 2020, = = > April 15, 2021 at 8 pm

Charlotte, NC: PNC Music Pavilion — Saturday, October 3, 2020, = = > April 24, 2021 at 8 pm

Columbia, SC: Colonial Life Arena — Thursday, October 8, 2020, = = > April 22, 2021 at 8 pm

Raleigh NC: Coastal Credit Union Music Park — Saturday, October 10, 2020, = = > April 17, 2021

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band are regrettably unable to reschedule the following Texas dates, so these shows are canceled:

San Antonio, TX: AT&T Center — Friday, June 19, 2020

Dallas, TX: Dos Equis Pavilion — Sunday, June 21, 2020

Houston, TX: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion — Saturday, June 27, 2020

As always, we appreciate your understanding. Fans with tickets to the Tennessee and Carolina dates are invited to hold on to your tickets, as they’ll be honored at the dates in the autumn.

If you’re a ticket holder and can’t make a new date or show was canceled, you’ll be contacted directly via email with your show’s refund choices. Meanwhile, as you wait enjoy and relax watching his pandemic virtual tours.

This article has 2 Comments

  1. Greetings Jimmy,

    What are your plans for either ‘cancelling’ or ‘rescheduling’ the Orlando, FL and/or the Tampa, FL concert(s)?

    Thank you in-advance for your prompt response. Dan

    1. Hi Dan,
      We do not have any information when either of these 2 concerts will actually take place. The 2019 concerts were postponed and rescheduled to 2020 and now still on hold. Most likely when Covid gets under control they will share updated information. If you bought tickets we suggest you reach out to your ticket vendor.

      From one Parrot Head to another.

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