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Parrothead Backlash At Jiffy Lube

11:01 AM Thursday 9/8/11 | |

The no-tailgating policy at the 25,000-capacity Jiffy Lube Live amphitheatre in Bristow, Va., led to a Sept. 1 Jimmy Buffett concert devoid of Parrotheads, many asking for refunds.

The no-tailgating policy at the Live Nation-run venue went into place in May after the shows sold out to curb drunken driving incidents. There have been four post-concert drunk driving-related deaths in the last two years.

Parrotheads, though, consider Buffett concerts to be all-day affairs, and the parking lots are filled with women and men in grass-skirt bikinis along with kiddie pools and margaritas.

The Aug. 27 show was rescheduled to Sept. 1 because of Hurricane Irene, which meant ticket buyers had the option of requesting refunds. Some may have decided they didn’t want to go to a show on a weeknight while others may not have wanted to go to a show without tailgaiting. Whatever the case, Buffett wasn’t initially happy with the no-tailgaiting policy.

  • Empty Seats

    Jimmy Buffett Concert at no-tailgating-allowed Jiffy Lube Amphitheatre in Bristow, Va.
    September 1, 2011

    (Josh White / The Washington Post)


“Whose stupid idea was that?” Buffett told USA Today in May upon hearing of the policy. “We got time, I can really get into that. … I’m going to fire a little shot to the Live Nation people.”

One fan told the News & Messenger that stifling the carnival-like atmosphere of a Buffett concert eliminates a large part of the experience.

“We’ve been coming to Buffett shows for, what, six, seven years?” said Bill Barnhart. “I’ve never seen anything like this where there’s nobody here. It used to be a

“There’d be a party, a good crowd, a friendly crowd. Now you’ve got a bunch of people that are angry coming in.” Buffett told USA Today that about 300 fans complained about the no-tailgating policy. He also said that “10,000 people asked for refunds” out of 25,000 tickets sold, but he did attribute some of those requests to the show being changed from a Saturday to a Thursday.

Buffett reportedly did not acknowledge the situation from the stage, other than to show a video clip of a Parrothead, with an empty glass, in a parking lot.

“I can’t argue with the reasoning behind it,” Buffett told the Washington Post, acknowledging the four deaths.


  1. livenationsux wrote:

    07:52 AM, Sep 09, 2011

    @trainarollin. No one ran out of POT at a Dead show. If they did, the hippie next to them hooked it up:) And the Dead is a classic jam band. so if you don't like jam music then you don't like the Dead... Looks like Buffet will skip jiffy lube next year.

  2. twilitekid57 wrote:

    09:35 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    The only shame is actually acknowledging you and your pretension.

    It will work out just as it always does. Right when people start doing what they want to do and not listen to self righteous d -bags like yourself.

    You might enjoy tailgating, I would certainly enjoy it much more watching you with your lips locked around the tail pipe and the engine running.

  3. Trainarollin wrote:

    08:45 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    You just need to get out of your shame cycle. It will all work out.

  4. twilitekid57 wrote:

    08:40 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Train a Rollin is a D Bag,

    Way to think your opinion is fact, and that everything else is inconsequential.

    Too bad everyone is not just like you.

    Uptight, white ***.

  5. Trainarollin wrote:

    04:34 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Getting drunk in a parking lot before an event is just a cry for help.

  6. BruceJuice71 wrote:

    02:17 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    i wonder if jimmy buffet music is good if youre not stoned and drunk?

  7. moavelli wrote:

    01:45 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Thats terrible logic.  So if one tailgates before a football game, it means they are not there because they like the sport?  Tailgating is an American tradition, like it or not.  Its even more so a Buffett tradition.  People need to loosen up.

  8. Trainarollin wrote:

    01:24 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    If some people feel that getting drunk before a show is the only way to enjoy a show...it says something about the quality of the music that evening.  As the old joke goes "What did the deadhead say when he ran out of pot?...  this music sucks.

  9. moavelli wrote:

    01:11 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Apparently everyone has lost the point.  Bars serve beer...is it their job to monitor who drives home?  What about Dominicks?  They sell beer right?  Is it their job to monitor who consumes what?  And last I checked, yes, this is a business and the venue is in it for the money.  So is every business...if you don't make money, you dont have a business.  If it were free, there would be no concert.  I love tailgating and if every venue allowed it, you'd see a lot more people going to shows!  Buffett shows are what tailgating is all about!  People really need to quit complaining.  Too pricey?  Don't go.  Simple as that.  Man people are tight wads!

  10. Trainarollin wrote:

    01:03 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Eventhough the kegs of beer they tap at concerts have a lower alcohol content than your neighborhood bar keg. Nobody really needs to keep buying beer, etc at 10pm.  When I see people walking around with 2 cups of beer (that costs between $18  - $26) makes you realize that the economy is just fine. Some just make awful spending choices.

  11. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    12:14 PM, Sep 08, 2011

    Evster said it all. Livenation clearly do not give a *** if there is drunk driving taking place; they are only it for the ole' greenback. Period.


  12. Evster wrote:

    11:44 AM, Sep 08, 2011

    Yes, he clearly CAN argue with the reasoning behind the decision. Tailgating happens BEFORE the show. Driving happens AFTER the show. If they were serious about cutting down on drunk driving, they would stop selling alcohol INSIDE the venue AT LEAST HALF AN HOUR BEFORE THE END OF THE SHOW. Obviously they don't want to tell the real story: Folks who get drunk before the show don't buy as much waaaay overpriced alcohol inside the venue, and concessions are where the venue makes all their profit. DUH!

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