Paul McCartney at the Jimmy Buffett tribute concert

Pictured: Jude Apatow, John McEnroe, Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow at the Jimmy Buffett tribute concert

What do Paul McCartney, Jane Fonda, Snoop Dogg, Zac Brown, Dave Matthews, Dave Grohl, Harrison Ford, Will Arnett, Don Johnson, Woody Harrelson, John McEnroe, Judd Apatow, Leslie Mann, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Eric Church, J.D. Souther, Angelique Kidjo, Jake Shimabukuro, Jake Owen, Jack Johnson, Scotty Emerick, Mac McAnally, Caroline Jones, Pitbull and Jon Bon Jovi have in common?

The answer is: they’re all fans of Jimmy Buffett, an American singer-songwriter known for his tropical rock sound and persona. They all showed up on a Hollywood Bowl stage to pay tribute to Buffett, a singer that translated the popularity of his music into a “lifestyle empire that reportedly made him a billionaire”.

I was unaware of Buffett and the whole US Boomer Tropical Rock genre and lifestyle. It’s new to me and mildly fascinating – so I’m making a note of it here.

It was this video by Gentry Allen that caught my attention: “Jimmy Buffett Tribute Concert “Margaritavile” Finale Hollywood Bowl Paul McCartney The Eagles”.

As someone new to the song, the mix of novelty and assorted celebrities makes the performance entertaining and curious, but there’s also a poignancy.

The performance is a tribute to their friend. But let’s go further – it’s a tribute to a a certain demographic within a generation.

If you wanted to go even further, you could say that the video is an archeological artefact – a reminder of a vanishing era when many “deadheads with credit cards” (as Buffett referred to his fans) could engage in an enjoyable consumer fantasy of island life – without intrusive thoughts about climate change or too many questions about the sustainability of the American Dream.

And if you wanted to go even, even, further you could poke me in the eye, say life is short, not everything has to be analysed, and mention that music can just be fun and enjoyed etc.

Keep The Party Going: A Tribute To Jimmy Buffett took place on Thursday 11th April 2024.

Born December 25, 1946, Jimmy Buffett died on September 1, 2023.

See also

All screengrabs on this page from this video by Gentry Allen.

An account of the concert.

Jimmy Buffett – Wikipedia.