Can you imagine the allure of a Jimmy Buffett-Billy Joel headlining tour? Two worlds that come together. New York and the Florida Keys.
Now forget about it. This is not quite the subject of this story.
Close, however. Joël and Buffett are bringing their separate tours to South Florida over the next several months.
First off, Buffett, the man who’s done more to put the Key West mindset on the pop music record than any other singer-songwriter, announced a series of “Floridays: Life on the Flip Side Tour 2021”Dates for Florida.
South Florida booked the “Son of a Sailor’s Son” on Thursday, December 9 at the iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach.
Buffett will also play in Tampa on December 4, Jacksonville on December 7, and Orlando on December 11.
Tickets range from $ 36 for lawn space at iTHINK to $ 186 for platinum-level ground seats, but resale tickets are already over the thousand mark. You can get them through Buffett’s website at jimmybuffett.com/events or via LiveNation.
Buffett, who recorded two albums during the lockdown in 2020, gave his first live concerts since the pandemic at Old School Square in Delray Beach for four nights in May.
Joël’s intimate show
Can you call a 7,000-seat hall intimate? You certainly can if you compare it to arenas, like Madison Square Garden, which Billy Joel promotes and regularly fills.
But the musician who wrote and sang “New York State of Mind” apparently wants to connect with his fans in one of his adopted cities – South Florida – so the pianist plays Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard. Rock Hollywood Friday, January 28.
Or, it’s inspired by arena and stadium-sized acts like Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Rolling Stones who both chose Hard Rock Live for 2021 tour stops.
Ticket prices have yet to be announced, but tickets are on sale for Joel’s simply titled “In Concert” at 10 am on Friday, October 29, via Ticketmaster. Presales for American Express cardholders went on sale Tuesday, and the sites and social media presales begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27. But do not worry. Presales do not guarantee better seats.
A Buffett-Joel connection?
It turns out that there is some kind of Buffett and Joel connection.
In 1979, inspired after listening to Joel’s “52nd Street” album, Buffett was inspired to write a song for his album “Volcano” in Joel’s lush pop-ballad piano style. The result was the LP side 2 cut, “Survive”.
“I love Billy Joel, I think he’s a good writer,” Buffett told Rolling Stone for a 1979 cover. “But I just sat down and thought, ‘Well, my God – —. I can do one if I want. … S —, I can write a Billy Joel song. ‘”
This story was originally published October 26, 2021 5:06 pm.