September, saturday 26, 2009, La Cigale, Paris


Jimmy Buffett was in concert this Saturday at La Cigale in Paris. Concert sold out, and the line outside highlighted many Hawaiian shirts. Florida for all and the U.S. at 99% in the public. It began at 8 PM only a few acoustic tracks, then the group, 7 musicians and 2 singers, remained until the end or near to 10h45!

We were sitting on the balcony opposite the stage. Mix calypso, country, rock, greatly played, with, among others Mac McAnally on guitar that I have met more than an hour Thursday morning. A quiet character and rich in his impressive voice, songwriting and role as a producer.

The atmosphere of the concert has moved completely in the U.S., public standing, quite young, the total celebration, nothing to do with the mood of the French public. This does not mean that the French public does not like artists, but it has a far less festive way to show its approval. The atmosphere for Jimmy Buffett reminded me of the Journey date in june 16 here.

Jimmy took over "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson and enthusiasm of the public has increased, which is not surprising in view of the American presence. There was "Come Monday" and all the hits of his career. Four guitarists including Jimmy, a drummer, a keyboard, percussion, and side garden, two singers, one white and one black, very sensual, that have never stopped dancing. Jimmy was barefoot, in shorts and polo, always smiling! He said he lives in St. Barthe, well seen for the taxes!!

Moreover, there has been much talks in French. He did the New Morning a year ago, the Cigale yesterday, so I guess the Zenith next year.

There was a black guitarist who only came to the Caribbean style partitions, and there were many, and the black female singer sang with Jimmy. As he loves fishing, a fan reached out a rod from our balcony with a hook as white sign on which was marked "Fishin".
Jimmy Buffett came near the sign for a few moments and replaced it by his tongue, effect guaranteed to the crowd. Jimmy went back a few times because the public requested him many times, and Jimmy did not wished to leave!

I was driven a night shift 1h-4h on radio just after, and despite to be a little tired, the result of rethinking this event boosted me.

Jean Agostini - HighwayFM.com

Set list:

Lage Nom Ai
It's Five O'Clock Somewhere
Grapefruit Juicy Fruit
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
I Will Play For Gumbo
Cheeseburger in Paradise
Come Monday
Son of a Son of a Sailor
Makin' Music (Nadirah Shakoor)
One Particular Harbour
Chanson Pour Les Petites Enfants
The Fisherman's Song (Ilo Ferreira)
Let Me Love You (Ilo Ferreira)
Last Mango In Paris
Turn Up The Heat And Chill The Rose
Brown Eyed Girl
Southern Cross
A Pirate Looks At Forty
We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About

Autour du Rocher
Another Saturday Night
He Went To Pari