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 performs at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Saturday at the grand opening of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort in Hollywood FL.

The show was part of the Workin’ and Playin’ Tour. The set list from the show is now available.

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From the Miami Herald: “Jimmy Buffett-themed resort officially opens with the star taking the stage

The Maestro of Margaritaville took to the stage for a soggy beach-blanket blowout in Hollywood on Saturday afternoon, signaling to many who grew up and live in this humble, once-sleepy beach town that the tides have forever changed.

As the sun dropped and the rain drifted out to sea, thousands of people massed along the Broadwalk in front of Margaritaville for the official grand opening of the Buffett-themed resort that now stands as the beach’s new centerpiece. The $150 million attraction offers more than just 349 rooms, eight bars and a spa — it’s also a beacon of hope that this snowbird paradise will at last become a first-class tourist destination.

“Let’s put the top down on this place!” Buffett shouted to kick off the one and a half-hour free concert.

Two mammoth digital screens were erected on the sand, towering over the beach’s iconic little Bandshell, one of the last remnants of old Hollywood that locals have stubbornly fought to keep from the wrecking ball of progress.

“I finally get to play the Bandshell,” Buffett joked from his perch across the Broadwalk from the old beach stage.

Interview with Jimmy on the Detroit Show

Deadline Detroit has a good interview: “Jimmy Buffett Talks About His Fondness for Michigan and Detroit

The ever-popular Jimmy Buffett, who plays at Comerica Park Saturday night, tells Fox 2 of his affinity for Detroit and Michigan.

“Michigan audiences have always had a special place in my heart, because, unbeknownst to a lot of people, I started out many many years ago playing in a little club called the Raven Gallery out in Southfield.”

“We worked our way up through those years of clubs and places like that to where we actually got to open for Jerry Jeff Walker at Pine Knob. And then we got to be the headliner at Pine Knob. It’s still one of the great venues as a performer because of the way it was built.

He said there’s no other place on tour where he plays in the middle of a large metropolitan area.

And he adds: “We don’t do many stadiums.

It’s his third year in a row at Comerica.

He says he understands the musical taste of the people of Michigan and feels very comfortable here.

Buffett performs tonight in Honolulu

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band perform tonight at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, HI. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser has an article on the show and a short interview: “Buffett an entertainer extraordinaire”.

Buffett called in from an undisclosed location on Oahu as he was preparing for his Saturday concert here at the Waikiki Shell, relaxing for a few days.

» NEXT BIG PROJECT: A “Margaritaville” Internet TV channel that will allow thousands of his fans to watch his shows in real time on their computers. He already has a “Radio Margaritaville” following. Though he’ll turn 67 on Christmas Day, he said he’s a techie and loves social media.

Buffett hopes to go online in May; there will not only be concert broadcasts but “reality TV” stories of his and adventures. Check margaritaville.com.

» WHY THE PARROTS AND SHARKS: Bottom line, he has no idea why parrots and sharks are so prevalent at his shows. “People love to dress up and just have fun,” he said, but “dress is not required.”

» WHAT HE’LL PLAY: A tune related to the islands, “The Oldest Surfer on the Beach,” by Mark Knopfler. (He mentioned this song right after describing how he wiped out while surfing here on Monday.)

» ON WORKING WITH A BAND: Although one of his songs cries out “Don’t EVER start a band!,” Buffett said he found that he enjoyed the process of putting a show together as much as writing songs and playing; figuring out the set list, which is different in every town. “There are certain things I like to change in certain places. … Recently, I’ll take basic songs and make them over,” he said.

He clearly understands that his longtime fans want to hear their old favorites, but, he said, it’s like when you own a vintage truck; you never want to give it up, “but at some point, you have to.”

» ON HAWAII: “I absolutely love it, as I do most island cultures. I’m so appreciative that I am accepted here, this strange haole boy from the mainland.”

He recalled one way he has repaid island hospitality: The first time he played the Shell, he had the speakers turned so people outside the grounds could hear the concert. He still does so. “I don’t care that they haven’t paid to get in. It just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Buffett Performs in St Paul MN

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band continued their “Songs From St. Somewhere” tour on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, MN. The set list from the show is now available. Some changes to the set list included “Like A Rolling Stone” (Bob Dylan cover), and for the final encore “Girl Of The North Country” (Bob Dylan cover).

A reviews of the show from KSTP Channel 5: “Jimmy Buffett Heats Things Up in Snowy St. Paul

As Minnesota made weather headlines across the country yesterday, the Xcel Energy Center transformed into an island paradise with palm trees, beach chairs, and a tiki bar where Parrotheads of all ages gathered to party before Jimmy Buffett’s Songs From St. Somewhere concert.

Mayor Coleman of Saint Paul officially renamed the city “Margaritaville” for the day.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band are winding down the Songs From St. Somewhere Tour, promoting Buffett’s 27th album.

“This is as far north as St. Somewhere goes this year,” a very tan, barefoot, Bermuda shorts wearing Buffett told fans. “We’re gonna take you on some old stops, new stops, and everywhere in between.”

Another review of the show from Vita.mn: “Jimmy Buffett thrills Minnesota fans at Xcel

Buffett sported his usual outfit — bare feet, Bermuda shorts, T-shirt (in this case a throwback Minnesota Fighting Saints hockey T) and, of course, that perpetual stoner smile. Balding with a silver mullet, he came across as his usual if aging self — part musician, part snake oil salesman and part guru. For much of the 130-minute performance, he emphasized the latter two.

He apologized for not having performed in the Twin Cities for a time (2004 was his last gig here), promised not to make Parrotheads wait another decade and showered them with endless Minnesota references. He talked about walleye, the Mississippi’s headwaters and hockey.