Jimmy Buffett Interview

Rock Band Meets the Mayor of Margaritaville

A Chat With Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy BuffettParrot heads and newbies alike rejoiced two weeks ago, when three of Jimmy Buffett’s greatest hits made their debut as DLC. Buffett even became the first artist ever to record exclusive versions of his songs for Rock Band; check the new version of “Volcano” for a nifty Rock Band shout-out toward the end. On his current “Year of Still Here” concert tour he’s taking Rock Band to the traditional pre-show tailgate parties, letting the fans try out the songs and then screening the highlights during the shows.

Website editor Brett Milano caught up with the man as he crossed the country on the way to the next soundcheck. In this exclusive chat, Buffett talks about making the new recordings, his early club days on Bourbon Street, playing Rock Band with his son Cameron, and the secret connection between Parrotheads and metalheads. Finally, he answers the question we were burning to ask: Are margaritas with Rock band a help or a hindrance?


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