Buffett heads to Australia for Bluesfest

From News.com.au: “Jimmy Buffett hopes to not fall off stage and stay away from sharks on his return gig to Australia”

Famed American singer Jimmy Buffett hopes to share a margarita with the Sydney trauma doctor who “probably saved my life” when he returns to Australia to perform at Bluesfest on Friday April 14th.

The Margaritaville star walked off the stage towards the end of his Hordern Pavilion concert on Australia Day in 2011 — at the tailend of his first Australian tour in more than two decades — and sustained a head injury.

St Vincent’s Hospital head of emergency Professor Gordian Fulde was enjoying the concert from the front row and leapt over the barricades to treat the performer.

Buffett hopes the doctor will join the rest of his legion of Parrothead fans at his one-off concert at the Byron Bay festival on Friday.

“Hopefully I am going to get him up to Byron. That fall off the stage is a memory burned into whatever part of my brain I fell on,” Buffett said ahead of his Australian visit.

“I remember coming to with Gordian over me and telling me I had fallen but to stay with him and keep looking him in the eye.

“He was in the front row … who else gets the head of trauma surgery on Australia Day sitting in their front row? “I am sure they probably saved my life.”

As the news of his fall went viral, Buffett said he startled the fellow patients and staff in the hospital’s intensive care when he guffawed at the first text he received from his close friend, world champion surfer Kelly Slater.

“Kelly sent me a text saying ‘Did you make it?’ I just started laughing and the people in intensive care thought I was crazy or they had given me the good medicine.”

Buffett’s next spin-off from his successful “lifestyle” brand is a retirement village in Florida.

“I’m already thinking of the street names,” he said. “This thing has gone so viral now the challenge is to deliver to the standards we set for it to be the best place to spend your life.”

Buffett adds Cincinnati show in July

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will make a stop in Cincinnati as part of Buffett’s “I Don’t Know” tour.

Buffett will perform at Riverbend Music Center on Saturday, July 8 at 8 p.m. This is the first time in several years for Buffett to perform on a weekend in Cincinnati. Tickets go on sale March 31 at 10 a.m.

The Tri-State is home to a loyal Buffett fan-base. He’s played upwards of 50 shows in Cincinnati throughout his career.

Buffett adds show at Belly Up in San Diego – Sold Out

From Pacific San Diego: “Jimmy Buffett to Play Surprise Show at the Belly Up

History does repeat, at least when it comes to Jimmy Buffett and the Belly Up.

The tropical-pop troubadour and his band, The Coral Reefers, will perform at the Belly Up Tuesday as a warm-up date for their April 1 concert at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Tickets go on sale at noon today, Thursday, online only. More information appears below.

In 2013, Buffett and his band played at the 600-seat Belly Up as a warm-up date for their subsequent show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

That Belly Up date sold out in two minutes, as an estimated 20,000 fans tried to buy tickets. Expect an equally swift sell-out when tickets for Buffett’s Tuesday Belly Up show go on sale.

All tickets are priced at $95, plus service charges. They will be available only online through frontgatetickets.com.

Buffett will not play at Alpine Valley this year

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: There was a time when Alpine Valley Music Theatre was among the most elite music venues in the nation.

In its prime in 1989, the East Troy amphitheater hosted some of the biggest acts in the world: the Rolling Stones and the Who and the Grateful Dead and Metallica. The Dead played 20 shows there in the ’80s, and Pearl Jam brought its 20th-anniversary festival to Alpine in 2011.

But for its 40th anniversary year this summer, the 27,100-capacity Alpine Valley won’t host a single concert. It will be closed for an entire season for the first time in its history.

Jon Reens, vice president of marketing for Midwest music for Live Nation, which manages Alpine, said the usual acts that swing through Alpine chose to play different venues instead.

“We started in the middle of 2016 working on the 2017 calendar. We went and discussed with a multitude of artists about playing the building for the first time in their careers, and it was met with universal acclaim,” Reens said. “It just didn’t work out. Artists wanted to play different venues. There was a definite desire with some of the artists to play stadiums. And in some cases, the production didn’t fit in the building.”

Wrigley Field also got into the concert business in 2005, and will have its busiest season yet this summer. Among the 10 headliners: Alpine regulars Zac Brown Band (which also booked a Summerfest show for its 50th season) and Jimmy Buffett. Dead & Company, the Grateful Dead spinoff that played Alpine last summer, also opted for the Friendly Confines.