Jimmy Buffett Honors Eagles' Glenn Frey, Hockey Icon Gordie Howe in Detroit

Jimmy Buffett
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Jimmy Buffett speaks at Allen Toussaint's funeral at The Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 20, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Jimmy Buffett used his Detroit-area show on Saturday night (June 18) to pay tribute to two of the city's fallen icons.

About halfway through the concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit's northern suburbs, Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band played a version of the Eagles' "Take It Easy," posting a photo of the group's Glenn Frey. The musician died earlier this year and hailed from the Motor City suburb of Royal Oak.

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Buffett became friendly with Frey and the Eagles as both were coming up in the southern California rock scene during the early 1970s and often shared bills with the group.

Buffett also included footage of Detroit Red Wings hockey great Gordie Howe, who died June 10. The athlete’s funeral was held the previous Wednesday.

The concert marked Buffett's return to the amphitheater, previously known as Pine Knob, after a four-year absence while he played concerts in downtown Detroit, including at the Comerica Park baseball stadium. It marked his 23rd performance at the venue, with more than 30 total shows for Buffett in the Detroit metro area.


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