South Florida’s ageless troubadour Jimmy Buffett provided the musical “Volcano” backing. A film crew provided the spliffs — props, we presume — for Buffett and actor Matthew McConaughey to smoke as the two would-be stoners filmed a scene for the made-in-Miami movie, “The Beach Bum,”on Wednesday.
In the scene, the 70-year-old singer performs his 1979 made-in-Montserrat tune, “Volcano,” while McConaughey, clad in colorful island wear and sporting sun and salt tousled hair, shakes his groove thing to Buffett’s golden oldie.
On Nov. 14, Buffett filmed a scene with rapper Snoop Dogg, who also co-stars in the movie. Buffett gave fans an update on his Instagram account and paid tribute to his longtime Coral Reefer bandmate Mac MacAnally who had had a heart attack
“While I was working on the set of ‘The Beach Bum’ in Miami on Tuesday, Snoop said he would try and work up ‘Little Martha.’ I will keep you posted on his progress. No, I am not the beach bum in the movie. He is played by Matthew McConaughey. I am JB, Snoop’s writing partner,” Buffett posted.
“The Beach Bum,” written and directed by Harmony Korine, is set for release in 2018.
Buffett, who dabbles in acting with recurring bit parts on CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0,” is keeping busy these days. Once again, Buffett can say, “Here I am, still opening for this goddamned band.”
Those were Buffett’s memorable words when he delivered his induction speech for the Eagles’ entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Earlier this month, the Eagles announced the dates for their 2018 North American Tour. The concerts will be a mixture of stadium shows with superstar acts Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band, James Taylor & His All-Star Band, and Chris Stapleton opening select dates, and “An Evening with the Eagles” shows at arenas.
South Florida, where both the Eagles and Buffett recorded many of their classics and who have a history of performing on the same bill, are together again. The classic rockers are scheduled for an April 21 concert at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
More than 40 years ago, on July 2, 1977, Buffett opened for the Eagles and their “Hotel California” tour at the old Miami Stadium. At the time, both acts, managed by the same industry powerhouse, Irving Azoff, were at commercial peaks.
The Eagles promoted their signature made-in-Miami album, “Hotel California,” on that tour. Buffett was cruising on the success of his first (and only) Top 10 pop single, “Margaritaville,” and its parent album, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.”
The Eagles have reformed after losing founding guitarist, songwriter Glenn Frey in 2016. His son, Deacon Frey, and country star Vince Gill are now touring Eagles, along with founding member Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit.
At the same time, the Eagles look back to the band’s creative heyday with the reissue of a 40th anniversary edition of their “Hotel California” album. A year late, but who’s counting?
The expanded “Hotel California” set includes 10 live tracks from an October 1976 concert at L.A.’s The Forum in which the Eagles debuted “New Kid in Town” and the title track before the album’s December 1976 release. Guitarist Joe Walsh was the new kid in town with the Eagles for that tour. Bassist Randy Meisner, vocalist on “Take It to the Limit,” was on his last Eagles tour.
Buffett just released “Buried Treasure: Volume One,” a collection of 11 acoustic, previously unreleased tracks originally recorded in 1969 in Mobile, Alabama, and Nashville, when he was still an unknown. The rediscovered material, which includes originals and covers of Gordon Lightfoot and the Mamas and the Papas, predates his stamping of Key West as a musical destination.
The rediscovered songs, Buffett said in his liner note essay, “were literally buried in a closet in a recording studio in Nashville for decades. … I would like to think that it is like doing a little time travel.”
No doubt, thousands of fans in South Florida will get that time traveling feeling when the older and (maybe) wiser Buffett, 70, and the Eagles try to recreate those peaceful, easy feelings at that Miami baseball stadium gig all those years ago.