USA Today has an article on Thursday’s show: “Hurricane, tailgate ban subdue Jimmy Buffett’s final summer show”
The parking lot was eerily quiet at last night’s Jimmy Buffett final summer tour concert stop at the Jiffy Lube Live Amphitheater venue in Bristow, Va., just outside of Washington, D.C.
Backstage before the show, Buffett, in shorts, t-shirt and flip flops, looked out at the subdued and somewhat sparse crowd. He told USA TODAY that only “300” fans had complained about the no tailgating policy, out of 25,000 tickets originally sold for the show.
While he knows it ticked a lot of fans off, he says, “I can’t argue with the reasoning behind it,” a reference to the fact that four post-concert drunk driving deaths in the last two years prompted the no tailgating policy.
As for why the show seemed emptier than usual, Buffett said “10,000 people asked for refunds.” That, however, he attributed to Hurricane Irene, which pushed Saturday’s concert to Thursday, noting that a lot of his fans make the show “a destination.”
The singer was in good spirits and didn’t stop to take an intermission. And he moved easily around the stage, despite being hospitalized in January after he fell into the crowd in Australia. When asked what happened that night exactly, Buffett said with a shrug, “I just walked off the stage.”
He said he got 37 stitches in his head and 15 in his elbow, and his rear “was as big as Kim Kardashian’s.” Added Buffett, who turns 65 on Christmas Day, “I’m lucky I didn’t break a hip.”
What is he doing to prevent it from happening again? He smiled. “I’m aware.”
And as for how he is now, he said with a grin, “Don’t I look fine?”