February 23, 2006

Buffett schedules short summer tour

By Jeff Vrabel

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Billboard) - Despite dropping hints
that he'd be taking the summer off, Jimmy Buffett has announced
a handful of dates for a 2006 summer tour.

Downgraded in scope from his usual summer trek but still
hitting his most popular markets, the tour will comprise two
short legs. The first begins June 2 at the Hi-Fi Buys
Amphitheater in Atlanta and wraps up a week later at the
Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati. Leg two opens on August 1
at the Tweeter Center in Camden, NJ, and wraps up with August
10 and 12 shows at Boston's Tweeter Center, something of a
tradition for New England Parrotheads.

In addition to the summer run, a five-date spring tour
starts April 18 at the Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix and ends
April 28 at the Smirnoff Music Center in Dallas. There are no
plans for any special event shows, like last year's two-day
stand at Wrigley Field or 2004's similar excursion to Fenway

Buffett is assembling the soundtrack to New Line's Wil
Shriner-directed teen drama, "Hoot," based on the Carl Hiaasen
novel. The film, which finds Buffett in a small role as a
marine science teacher, is set for release on April 28. In
addition, Buffett has been finishing tracks for a new album at
his Shrimp Boat Studios in Key West, Fla.