Buffett Plays Small Shows in Australia

posted March 10th, 2014 at 8:56 am

by Josh Martin

Jimmy Buffett was in Australia last week and played a couple small shows:

The first show took place at the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition at Snapper Rocks, where Buffett and band played an hour-and-a-half show in front of an estimated 1,000 people – believed to be one of the smallest shows the artist has played in decades. During the show he pulled surfing stars Stephanie Gilmore and Kelly Slater up on stage with him to help perform a few songs, watch them playing Margaritaville here.

Then, on Sunday evening, the Coolangatta Sands Hotel hosted Buffett and his band for a free show in what is surely the pub’s biggest ever Sunday session. Some rough footage from that show has emerged, and you can see it here.

“It was a big night, lots of interest, the phone was running off the hook for almost two days,” Ben Otter of the Coolangatta Sands Hotel told theMusic.com.au this afternoon.

Otter says around 400 crammed into the sold out room, with interest coming from throughout Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales. The venue didn’t have a lot of time to prepare for the onslaught, it all came together very much at the last minute.

“It was all very last minute, we knew about 36 hours before he played and we put it all together and he came,” Otter says. “We had it on good advice that he was coming and we met with his crew the day before, they’re a very efficient bunch of people.”

Read the full story here.

Tagged in International, Special Appearances

  • Karin Toulson

    Kiwi Parrotheads perched on the white sand of Rainbow Bay near Snapper Rocks on Friday (07-03-2014) afternoon. A phlocking of Parrotheads, Surfer dudes and dude-ets and possibly a few Pirates waited in anticipation for what was one of the most memorable musical encounters ever! Jimmy Buffett (Chief Parrothead) and the Coral Reefers graced our shores with their presence. They rocked our boat beyond belief! They brought ‘Margaritaville’ to us in such fine form accompanied with a medley of true favourites. Even the Parrothead fledglings from a different time watched in awe as the Musical wonderment permeated through the salty air and out over the shores. Jimmy Buffett promised that he would ‘Come back, back to Australia’ for another tour. We welcome you with open wings! So Come Monday when It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere and the Tiki Bar is open in One Particular Harbour under the Southern Cross, we will put up our Fins and ask the barmaid for Boat Drinks (Landshark Larger) and a Cheeseburger in Paradise. We brought our License to Chill for our Changes in Latitudes and Changes in Attitudes. We will never tire from the story of how a Pirate looks at Forty and the Son of a Son of a Sailor. So as we sit here on this Salty Piece of Land sipping on that Frozen Concoction that just helps us hang on we relish once again wastin away again in Margaritaville.
    Thanks for the memory JB!

  • Lyon Barrett

    I can’t believe I was less than 50k away, and didn’t know it was on. Come on Jimmy, gimme some notice!


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