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.”

Free Fall to Black available April 25th

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting author John H. Cunningham’s newest novel, the wait is nearly over. On Tuesday, April 25th, he will release his highly anticipated sixth novel, “Free Fall to Black“. And, yes, for faithful readers, it is a Buck Reilly Adventure! For new readers, Free Fall to Black is a prequel to the Buck Reilly Adventure Series. Be prepared to binge read the other five books: “Red Right Return”, “Green to Go”, “Crystal Blue”, “Second Chance Gold”, and “Maroon Rising”.

About “Free Fall to Black”: Travel back to 2006 and the penultimate moment of Buck Reilly’s former success when he discovers the crypt of the Mayan Serpent King and royal treasury in Guatemala, then marries top super model Heather Drake, and bask in his fifteen minutes of fame–before it suddenly blows apart.

By 2008, with the world economy on the brink of collapse, Buck and Jack Dodson’s company is already under siege due to fraud, backstabbing and greed that turns their friends and family alike into adversaries. Hubris and hasty decisions lead to irreversible consequences, and when a business partner turns up dead, business as usual isn’t business any more.

Pre-order the book via Amazon here: http://bit.ly/FreeFalltoBlack

Buffett performs in Las Vegas

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band preformed last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. He has performed 33 shows at the venue since 1996.

The set list from the show is now available. The show got started with “Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes”, celebrating the 40th anniversary of it’s release this year. Highlights included “Trying To Reason With Hurricane Season” and “This Hotel Room” (last played on Sept 23rd, 2003 in San Diego). Frank Marshall, the producer of the musical “Escape to Margaritaville”, played guitar on “Margaritaville” and “Brown Eyed Girl”.

Buffett performs at Margaritaville Universal CityWalk Hollywood

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band performed on Thursday at the opening of the Margaritaville Restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood CA.

From PR Newswire: Universal CityWalk Toasts the Arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant, the First-Ever to Open in California, with a Celebratory Performance by Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

At 5 O’Clock today, Universal CityWalk toasted the official arrival of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant to its destination marking the occasion with an exciting performance by singer, songwriter and best-selling author, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band.

Hundreds of Parrotheads and fans alike joined in the celebration that also marked the first-ever Margaritaville restaurant to open in California.

Jimmy Buffett said, “I walked onto the site of CityWalk when it was still under construction, and my first thought was ‘I want a Margaritaville here.’ Thanks to the great folks at Universal, we made it. It’s great to play at the opening and I look forward to visiting regularly on my journeys to the West Coast. Fins Up!”

“Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a perfect complement to Universal CityWalk,” said Karen Irwin, President and COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “With its inviting tropical vibe, incredible selection of Margaritas and signature dishes, Margaritaville offers another exceptional dining experience at CityWalk that everyone can enjoy.”