Chicago Cubs Honor Jimmy Buffett Who Played First-ever Concert at Wrigley Field
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The world lost a beloved musician on Friday, as Jimmy Buffett died at the age of 76. He had been battling an undisclosed health issue.
On the evening of September 1, Buffett “passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs,” according to a statement on Buffett’s official website and social media platforms.
Buffett, known for hit songs like “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and the famous “Margaritaville,” also built a successful business empire. In 2005, he made history by being the first musician to perform at Wrigley Field.
Beyond his music, Buffett’s accomplishments extend to the realm of business, where he has built a successful empire that includes restaurants, merchandise, and other ventures. His ability to connect with audiences both through his music and his business ventures has made him a multi-faceted and enduring figure in popular culture.
Though the Chicago Cubs were away playing against the Cincinnati Reds when the news broke, the team’s official social media account paid tribute to the iconic musician.
The Cubs wrote on X, the company formerly known as Twitter:
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of legendary musician and Cubs fan Jimmy Buffett. Thank you for introducing Wrigley Field to the world as a concert venue.”
Jimmy Buffett’s Link to Wrigley Field and Steve Goodman
Jimmy Buffett returned to perform at Wrigley Field in 2017 and 2018. His connection to the stadium was emotional due to his friendship with folk and country singer Steve Goodman, the songwriter behind the famous “Go Cubs Go” song. Goodman passed away in 1984.
Since his concert in 2005, a number of other well-known musicians have followed in Buffett’s footsteps. At Wrigley Field, artists including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Elton John have all played.