Buffett Released From Hospital, Status of Auckland Show Unknown

January 27th, 2011

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Jimmy Buffett was released from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney today. Margaritaville sent this update at 6:30 ET:

“Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well. Fins up”

The Today Show’s Richard Wilkins reported that Jimmy suffered a minor concussion with no trauma and required stitches on his elbow. He also said that he’s resting out of the hospital and in good spirits.

A forum member posted this about Jimmy’s good fortune:

When Jimmy fell he landed at the feet of one of Australia’s best trauma medicine specialists, Dr Gordian Fulde who is the Director of Emergency Medicine at St Vincents Hospital, just near the venue.

The good Dr travelled in the ambulance with Jimmy to the hospital where Dr Fulde oversaw the treatment.

ABC News has more from Dr. Fulde:

“I thought he’d broken his neck,” Sydney surgeon Gordian Fulde, who happened to be in the audience and treated Buffet at the scene, told 702 ABC Sydney.

“I heard the clunk of his head on a metal ledge, he has a deep gash on his scalp, which is all right now.

“But at first I thought – this guy is going to be a spinal injury.”

Buffett fell face-first as he reached out to a fan in the front row.

He misjudged how close he was to the edge of the stage because there were lights in his eyes, Dr Fulde said.

Buffett was knocked unconscious and left bleeding from a deep head wound.

Earlier in the day Eventfinder reported on their website that the show in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday was still on, but that post has now been removed from their site. So it’s unclear whether that show will be played.

We’ll post more info when it becomes available.

Tagged in International, Personal/Family, Touring

Update: Jimmy Still In Hospital But “Doing Well”

January 26th, 2011

Jimmy’s people have posted a message on Facebook and Twitter:

As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital. The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!

Earlier reports that Jimmy had already been released already were erroneous.

If you haven’t already seen it, view the fall here.

Update – Here’s another view of the fall:

Tagged in International, Personal/Family

Buffett Reportedly Released from Hospital

January 26th, 2011

According to Radio Margaritaville DJ JD Spradlin, Jimmy Buffett has been stitched up and released from the hospital:

What I have heard: Jimmy has been stitched up and released form the hospital. Very happy that he is ok.

This should, in no way, impact the kick-off to the “Welcome To Fin Land” tour in April. I am (actually) looking forward to his jokes about this.

We will share what we know, when we know it.

– JD

TMZ has video of the frightening fall. Watch here.

Tagged in Miscellaneous

Buffett Hospitalized After Fall From Stage in Sydney

January 26th, 2011

As Jimmy Buffett was wrapping up an encore with “Lovely Cruise” in Sydney, Australia, he tumbled off the stage injuring himself. According to TMZ, Buffett is in stable condition and will remain in the hospital for observation.

Audience member Dan Bateman, 30, told The Daily Telegraph Buffett fell face first off the stage.

“We were in the 10th row and it looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn’t get up,” Mr Bateman, from Cairns, said.

Another tells TMZ more:

An audience member in the front row tells TMZ it appeared Buffett was unconscious for about 5-10 minutes and that he had a huge gash on his head. Paramedics arrived 15 minutes later.

Sean Fogarty, who was also front and center, tells TMZ Jimmy was doing his solo at the end of the concert, walking along the edge of the stage when the lighting person splashed “a huge flash of light” along the stage, making it impossible to see and he fell. Fogarty says the next thing he knew he heard Buffett’s head strike the metal on his way to the floor.

Another audience member who was close to the stage, tells TMZ a slightly different story …. that it looked as if Buffett was about to jump off the stage to shake hands when he misjudged the jump and fell. The audience member also says he saw Buffett’s head strike a metal strip on his way down.

The light flash lasted 10 seconds and no one even knew Buffett had fallen until the flashing ceased.

We’ll update the story as more info becomes available.

Tagged in International, Personal/Family, Touring

Article on Buffett’s First Sydney Show

January 24th, 2011

The Daily Telegraph has a good writeup on Jimmy Buffett’s first Australia show in Sydney on Sunday night:

NEVER before have so many middle-aged men in loud shirts and shorts descended on Sydney’s Opera House.

But then it has been 24 years since Jimmy Buffett last performed in Australia along with his Coral Reefer band, for an adoring legion of fans fondly known as Parrotheads.

This was a crowd like no other I’ve experienced – more mega beach party than rock’n’roll show. A mate of mine who once worked for some of the most senior Liberal MPs in Canberra had flown down from Brisbane, escaping Queensland’s recent misery so that he could party hard and soak up Buffett-mania – replete with ridiculous headwear and Hawaiian shirt.

Read the full article here.

[photo Jeff Christensen / AP]

Tagged in International, Show Reviews