Live by the Bay

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Live by the Bay is a live video by the American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band.[1] It was released in 1986 by MCA Entertainment.[2] The 87-minute video was recorded from back to back concerts in Miami on August 16 and 17, 1985, at Miami Marine Stadium[1] and is the first concert video released by Buffett. Miami Vice star Don Johnson introduced Buffett to the crowd. A brief rain shower during the middle of the Friday night show prompted Buffett to retreat to his sailboat (docked by the stage) and caused a majority of the final video release to feature the Saturday night show. After the rain cleared on Friday, the band played Little Feat's "Dixie Chicken" to demonstrate the equipment still functioned before Buffett returned to the stage.

The stadium was originally built for powerboat racing. It used a floating stage in front of the grandstand that allowed additional concertgoers to listen from their boats in the water behind the stage, as seen in video. The video introduction includes extended footage of "parrothead" fans on boats and in the water with "Gypsies in the Palace" playing in the background. Miami Marine Stadium was condemned after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and remains an abandoned hulk to this day. In 2009, Buffett recorded a short video supporting efforts to restore the stadium.[3]

Live By The Bay was directed by Jack Cole, produced by Tammara Wells, and recorded and mixed by Elliot Scheiner. It was released on VHS and LaserDisc. As of 2015, the video is out of print and has not been released on DVD. It is occasionally shown on television by VH1 Classic as part of its Classic In Concert series.

Track list[edit]

Live by the Bay opening titles

Following are the tracks on the video:[2]

  1. Introduction / "Gypsies in the Palace"
  2. "Door Number Three"
  3. "Grapefruit-Juicy Fruit"
  4. "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About"
  5. "Stars on the Water"
  6. "Coconut Telegraph"
  7. "Come Monday"
  8. "Ragtop Day"
  9. "Who's the Blonde Stranger"
  10. "Volcano"
  11. "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes"
  12. Intermission / Interview
  13. "One Particular Harbour"
  14. "If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me"
  15. "Why Don't We Get Drunk and Screw"
  16. "Cheeseburger in Paradise"
  17. "Fins"
  18. "Last Mango in Paris"
  19. "A Pirate Looks at Forty"
  20. "Margaritaville"
  21. End titles / "Son of a Son of a Sailor"

Actual set list[edit]

There were several songs deleted from the film.

  1. "The Great Filling Station Holdup"*
  2. "Son of a Son of a Sailor"**
  3. "Door Number Three"
  4. "Grapefruit—Juicy Fruit"
  5. "Pencil Thin Mustache"*
  6. "We Are the People our Parents Warned us About"
    Main Set
  7. Stars on the Water
  8. Coconut Telegraph
  9. Come Monday
  10. Ragtop Day
  11. Who’s the Blonde Stranger?
  12. Volcano
  13. Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
  14. One Particular Harbour
  15. If the Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me
  16. Why Don’t We Get Drunk
  17. Let it Ride (Josh Leo)*
  18. Dixie Chicken (Josh Leo)*
  19. I Can’t Tell You Why (Timothy B. Schmidt)*
  20. Medley:*
    1. "Nautical Wheelers"*
    2. "Tin Cup Chalice"*
    3. "Boat Drinks"*
    4. "Banana Republics"*
    5. "The Captain and the Kid"*
    6. "Somewhere Over China"*
    7. "He Went to Paris"*
    8. "Cowboy in the Jungle"*
  21. "Cheeseburger in Paradise"
  22. "Fins"
  23. "Last Mango in Paris"
  24. "A Pirate looks at Forty"
  25. "Margaritaville"
  26. "Gypsies in the Palace"**
  27. "Brown Eyed Girl"*

* = Not included on Live By the Bay
** = Abridged version appeared on Live By the Bay, not included on the track list and out of order


  1. ^ a b Steve Eng. Jimmy Buffett: The Man from Margaritaville Revealed. Macmillan, 1997. p. 262. ISBN 9780312168759
  2. ^ a b "Live by the Bay." Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Buffett for Miami Marine Stadium." 24 September 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2015.

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