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Detroit Welcomes the Lounging at the Lagoon Tour

July 29th, 2012

After years of playing the amphitheater just outside Detroit, Jimmy Buffett was downtown in the Motor City Saturday night for a show at Comerica Park, home of the Tigers.

The Detroit Free Press has a review of the show:

On a delectable July night — 75 degrees when Buffett took the stage just before 10 p.m. — it was a virtual beach trip, a Saturday night staycation for a crowd of 39,000-plus.

Backed by idyllic ocean imagery on massive high-def screens, Buffett and his 11-member Coral Reefer Band rolled through a 2-hour, 10-minute set of hits and enduring fan favorites.

Steel drums, pedal steel guitars and breezy island rhythms rolled under Buffett’s Southern lilt through a series of crowd pleasers: the opening “One Particular Harbour,” a cover of Sam Cooke’s “Another Saturday Night,” the romping “Gypsies in the Palace,” a bouncy “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” Buffett was joined by Detroit native Earl Klugh — whom he introduced as “one of the great, great jazz guitarists” — for “Jamaica Mistaica.”

Lionel Richie opened the night, playing a 65-minute set of his greatest hits. Richie joined Buffett later for a duet of “All Night Long.”

Miami Heat star Shane Battier was also at the show and filled in on the bongos during “Margaritaville.” Before coming out on stage, Battier tweeted: “About to play Congas @jimmybuffett concert. Oh lord, please don’t let me mess this up.”

He also shot this video from stage:

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