As the summer season gets off the ground, officials are reminding venues that feature live music of the rules and restrictions regarding such entertainments in the Hamptons.
“We are serious about enforcing the Buffett rule, which holds that Jimmy Buffett songs may only be played when Jimmy Buffett himself is on the stage,” Hamptons Police spokesman Larry Hirsch says. “Venues should also familiarize themselves with our updated list of controlled covers—songs that can only be played very sparingly,” he adds, pointing out, “That list now unfortunately includes ‘The Weight’ by the Band—it’s a good song, but we’re worried it’s getting worn out.”
The controlled covers list already includes songs by John Denver and the Carpenters, which were added last April, as well as popular tunes such as “Brown-Eyed Girl,” “Moondance,” “Sweet Caroline” and “Little Wing.”
Hirsch emphasized that rules limiting the number and duration of guitar solos is going to be an area of special regulatory focus this summer.
“You can take a guitar solo, but if it doesn’t go anywhere, there’ll be a price to pay.”