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.
If you’ve been following Jimmy Buffett for a while, you know that he’s into all the latest technology. On a recent swing through San Francisco, Jimmy stopped by Tekzilla to talk tech.
Jimmy described how they are beginning to use small drones (his favorite new technology) at shows to record the crowd as well as the tailgating beforehand.
Buffett also opened up his bag to show what he carries around: an Android phone, iPad mini, and some SpaceX swag that he received on a tour of the private space company.
(hat tip Parrotheadcase)
Jimmy Buffett has added a second date in Paris, two days before the previously announced show (La Cigale 9/28).
Buffett will perform at Le Trabendo on September 26th.
Tickets available here.
See all of Buffett’s tour dates here.
After more than 20 years, Jimmy made a triumphant return to Brisbane, Australia, on September 21st and Radio Margaritaville is broadcasting it all week long for the Jimmy Buffett Concert Replay!
Listen to Jimmy’s acoustic outdoor performance accompanied by Mac McAnally and Eric Darken of the Coral Reefer Band, from the Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens starting Tuesday at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
All times Eastern.
- Tuesday, October 2nd at 8pm
- Thursday, October 4th at 10am
- Friday, October 5th at 12:01am
- Friday, October 5th at 9pm
- Saturday, October 6th at 6pm
Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally played an intimate show in Brisbane last night, marking the first of two shows in Australia.
Buffett announced during the show that he’ll be back with his full band in March – April.
The Courier Mail has a review of the show:
AFTER an absence of close to quarter of a century, American songwriter Jimmy Buffett finally made it back on to a Brisbane stage last night.
Crawled on, actually, getting the first of many laughs about his near-death experience falling from a stage in Sydney last year.
But the 65-year-old is in fine shape all that sea air does him no harm and even better spirits, taking this 1000-strong audience on two-hour ride of songs and jokes that goes down as easily as the subject of his most famous song. In fact, Margaritaville now sports a new verse about that experience.
This intimate outdoors gig under balmy Brisbane skies sold out in minutes, and while many of his Australian fans have travelled around the world to see him play, there’s no doubt that his absence from this part of the world heightened the sense of occasion for his brightly-attired fans.
Read the full review here.
In an interview with an Australian news outlet, it’s revealed that Jimmy Buffett is planning a larger tour for Australia in 2013:
Buffett is returning to play in Australia for the first time since the accident next month for intimate, acoustic shows in Melbourne and Brisbane, ahead of a bigger tour next year.
Presumably Buffett would also play in New Zealand, where in 2011 he had to cancel a show there after falling off the stage.
In the interview, Buffett talks a little about the fall. Read it here.
(Hat tip @nzbeautyeditor)