Parrotheads know what they want and Jimmy Buffett delivered Thursday night, starting with “Lage Nom Ai” and finishing off a totally satisfying set two hours and 45 minutes later with Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.” Laced in between the predictable fare (“Son of a Son of a Sailor,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano”) Buffett played selections from his 1999 album “Beach House on the Moon,” and the legions of fanatics — the parrotheads — cheered every tune with equal gusto.
Looking a little older, actually only 53, and somewhat paunchy, Buffett even made reference to the “senior moments” he has been having. But older was better as he rolled through the staples of his career: “Fins,” “Come Monday” and “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude,” set to a video montage of the elaborate tailgating in the parking lot that preceded the show. (Gates opened at 3 p.m; RV parking: 50 clams).
Walter Cronkite even appeared via video to introduce a number of songs playing off the “Beach House on the Moon” theme.
About the only missed opportunity was the absence of the “lost verse” of “Margaritaville,” a highlight of last year’s release “Buffett Live, Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays.” Still, after 30 years of touring Buffett remains consistent and solid.
Buffett has 24 tour dates remaining this summer, mostly in the Midwest and East. Parrotheads take note: http://www.radiomargaritaville.com will be broadcasting all of those concerts live.