Whoa, for some reason I PM'd my response to you. My bad. Anyway, so everyone can read:Subject: RM and Smaller Shows
It has been a long time since I have posted on BW, not sure why...(nothing bad), just have been busy with changing jobs, etc. I seem to go through phases of listening to a lot of Buffett all the time and then not listening to him all that often. Maybe it is the winter blues. But, anyway, I did some thinking recently about what my main pull to Jimmy and his music is...and I seem to love his rare appearances at small venues, bars, guest appearances, and solo shows, more so than his full tours. Absolutely nothing against the CRB, but something in Jimmy's small-venue/solo style pulls me in more than anything. Perhaps this is why I have been loving his solo encores the past few years!
For me, it's a couple of reasons why I loved Jimmy's smaller shows so muchâ€¦ and both reasons kind of involve the only thing I don't like about the CRB:
1. There's more banter at solo shows. He doesn't need to worry about leaving a 10+ piece band hanging out in the back hearing stories he's told hundreds of times.
2. The unpredictablity of the setlist. Because he doesn't have a band following his lead, he can go off track all he wants. I think if he toured on his own, the setlist would be drastically different every night. That's not a criticism to his current tourâ€”hell, his current tour is fantastic, playing mostly '70s songs and over 100 songs have made an appearance on the tour. But the difference is, we would definitely see way less structure in the setlist in Jimmy-only-show.
As for the rest of your post, I agree with everything.