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Interview:
Jimmy Buffett, John Fogerty ready for hot summer night at Comerica Park
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Jimmy Buffett could have easily returned to the DTE Energy Music Theatre this summer after two years playing Detroit's Comerica Park.

But after playing there last July 20, the day after the city declared bankruptcy, Buffett says he's particularly stoked to be bringing his Parrothead following and Margaritaville experience back again this year.

"That put it on my radar, and I've been keeping up and there seems to be some movement in the right direction, and I'd like to be a part of that," says Buffett, 67. "Having us there, that's a big advertisement for being downtown and bringing it back. I feel in some way us doing that makes me care a little more about what's going on.

"Pine Knob could be another stop on the road for great fans, but it feels a little better when we do it (in Detroit). I love seeing come downtown and come to see us there."

Buffett is making sure a lot more people can see him and his Coral Reefer Band perform this year thanks to Margaritaville TV, an online platform that's been webcasting select concerts from his current tour and will in the future feature other programming, and most likely future new music for purchase and via subscription.

"The feedback from that has been unbelievable," notes Buffett, who's also launched a new rose wine brand, Autour deRose. "There was one element of my inner circle that thought we'd be cannibalizing ourselves by doing on television. But I played my instincts and I haven't hard one person say they'll watch it instead of going to the show. They do both. They watch the (online) shows and get charged up ot go see it in person.

"And there are other people that cant get to a show that absolutely love the fact we're doing it, so those are the two things that are happening."

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Green River is meeting Margaritaville a couple times this summer as John Fogerty has been playing select stadium shows opening for Jimmy Buffett.

And it's been a fresh experience for the Creedence Clearwater Revival founder.

"Jimmy is quite a phenomenon," says Fogerty, 69. "When you go through Margaritaville to get into the place,they're all wearing Hawaiian shirts and various forms of attire that reflect whatever our subliminal paradise is - and usually with one of those drinks...with a little umbrella in it. It's like a sporting even; they tailgate all day waiting for the show to starts.

"So when Jimmy comes on stage they're, what can I say -- ripe and ready. It's a lot of fun."

Fogerty, of course, is having his own good time playing CCR classics and his own solo hits, including "Centerfield," which will be particularly appropriate this weekend at Comerica Park. He's also been playing arrangements that he created for his last album, 2013's "Wrote a Song For Everyone," which features new versions of his songs with an all-star cast of collaborators that includes Detroit's Bob Seger and Kid Rock.

"It's nice to take a fresh look at songs I've been playing for awhile," Fogerty says. "Like 'Hot Rod Heart,' I kind of do it more like the way it was with Brad Paisley on (the album), and that's a lot of fun for me, 'cause I've got a few verses of whatever it was I learned form Brad.

"It was just such a great opportunity for me. I was very humbly grateful, and it was great to be with all the musicians in the studio while that recording was being made. I was just very grateful to for the opportunity to get that experience. It was quite wonderful."

Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band, John Fogerty and Dean Alexander

7 p.m. Saturday, July 26

Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com




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