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Jimmy Buffett Concert Comes Together Quickly
Published: Monday, June 28, 2010, 5:00 AM Lawrence F. Specker, Press-Register As Brian Philips, the president of the CMT cable music channel, picked up the phone for an interview, he was distracted by a news alert about the latest setback at the well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. "How much more bad news from BP can people take?" he mused. "This just hit, and I sent it to Jimmy." The remark hinted at an ongoing whirlwind of communication between CMT, superstar Jimmy Buffett and other parties involved in putting on a Thursday beach concert in Gulf Shores. "It is minute-to-minute," Philips said. Philips' channel will carry a live, commercial-free, 90-minute broadcast of the event, which will star Buffett and special guests Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown. The concert is a sure blockbuster: More than 1 million people sought the 22,500 free tickets that were snapped up in an instant through Ticketmaster,up in an instant through Ticketmaster, and beach rental companies are dangling another 12,500 tickets as incentives to lure tourists. But it's also a monumental challenge to put the show together on short notice. "To give you the exact timeline," Philips said, "we literally made the connection the night ... more
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