Fins to the left....
Before Saturday, there were only 3 bands that I have to see before I die, Jimmy Buffett, the Rolling Stones, and Rage Against The Machine. I know they're broken up, but I'm holding out for a reunion tour. Anyway, now that list is down to 2
I was sitting in the library, attempting to study and be a good student, when by buddy comes in and says "I've got a friend who has 4 extra tickets to Jimmy Buffett in Chicago, you want to go?" I check over what I have to do, 70 pages of criminal law to read, 30 pages of property, about 8 torts cases I need to brief, and I say, "hell yes, screw school, lets go." We talk two more friends who needed to be studying into going, and get the plans together. I run home, grab a hawaiian shirt, and we're off
Its a 3 hour drive down, in which we violate a few open container laws, don't worry, the driver was not partaking in those beverages. We figured we wouldn't be able to tailgate at the concert venue, so we'll do it in the car. 3 hours later, we arrive, have to stand in a hella long line so the security guards can group you. What's up with that, I've gone to concerts in downtown Detroit with far less security. Its all yuppies and college kids in the crowd, I think we're safe, but anyway.
We get in just as Buffett starts playing, which was nice, we only missed one song, and it wasn't one I was a big fan of anyway. We get to the lawn and start singing along. What followed was one of the best shows I've seen. The guy is 55 years old and still puts on a 3 hour show. He chats with the crowd, tells some jokes, and has a great stage set up. The tours theme was "Tiki Time" so they had two big Tiki God heads on either side of the stage that occasionally did stuff. Before they played Cheeseburger in Paradise the head requested a sacrifice that had "lettuce, tomato, hieze 57, and french fried potatoes," and they had hands on them that raised about their heads for Fins. There were also hula girls dancing and one of those guys twirling sticks on fire.
They played all the usual favorites you would expect: Come Monday, Fins, Son of a Son of a Sailor, Brown Eyed Girl, Pirate Looks at 40, Volcano, and a bunch more ending the set with Margaritaville, then still came back out for two encores. Easily one of the best shows I've seen, and hopefully I can catch him again next year