Monday, February 13, 2012 , Updated 5:23 p.m., February 14, 2012
UPDATEDx2: Jimmy Buffett concert moves from Frisco to Dallas this spring
The Frisco venue was called by parrotheads one of the best tailgates of his tour.
For the first time in five years, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will not play at Frisco's FC Dallas Stadium (formerly called Pizza Hut Park) this year. The concert will instead be at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas' Fair Park -- near where the State Fair of Texas takes place -- on Thursday, April 19, 2012, according to Live Nation.
The Frisco show was considered by many Buffett fans to be one of the best tailgating concerts of the "Margaritaville" singer's yearly U.S. tour. Thousands of super fans went to the venue more than 24 hours prior to the show, set up RVs or trailers in the parking lot, and created their own beach parties in landlocked Frisco. Many ticketholders stayed in hotels that were walking distance to Pizza Hut Park, and in fact, most hotels were sold out even before the Frisco tour date was announced. See photos of the 2011 and 2010 tailgates in Frisco.
In addition to the venue change, the concert will be on a Thursday instead of a Saturday.
Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band are traveling on their Welcome to Fin Land Tour. Tickets for the Dallas show go on sale at 10 a.m. February 18. Lawn seats are $36.50 and reserved seats are $136.50.
We've put calls into FC Dallas Stadium, LiveNation, and Jimmy Buffett's camp to find out why the venue changed. We'll update you when we know more.
UPDATE: Buffett and his band used to play at what's now Gexa Energy Pavilion (formerly Starplex) in the '80s and most of the '90s, said Mike Tabor, general manager at Gexa Energy Pavilion. "We're excited to have them back," he said.
The venue change isn't necessarily permanent; Tabor says future shows at Gexa will be negotiated after the concert.
Like in Frisco, RVs will be allowed in the parking lot for a fee. Lots will open at noon on Thursday at Gexa, and Tabor does not know if vehicles will be allowed overnight. When the concert was in Frisco, fans were allowed to park RVs more than 24 hours before the show and could stay in the lots until the morning after the show.
As for whether a Thursday night show will result in a smaller turnout, Tabor said, "When Buffett comes to town, they consider the weekend theirs. We're expecting a similar environment [as in years' past]."
UPDATE x2: Jimmy Buffett's spokesperson said she had no information and refused to answer questions. An official at FC Dallas Stadium also didn't answer questions and referred us to AEG Live. An official at AEG Live has not returned calls.
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