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JIMMY BUFFETT MISTAKES AUSTRALIAN CONCERT STAGE FOR MARGARITAVILLE
January 26 2011
Sydney, Australia – It seems a strange thing to think that popular music, mainstream recorded music, has only been around for a little more than half a century. Music itself has of course been around for thousands of years, but the
explosion of popular music with wide diversity that now exists is relatively young. Much like cars or computers, it’s difficult to imagine a world without music that could be readily accessed but until very recently, that was the case for everyone on the planet.
Throughout the last sixty years music has changed not only in the manner if distribution but also in range and innovation with hundreds of styles flourishing in that very short time. From the blues to pop, from jazz to industrial, the range of musical exposition has become infinitely diverse and made stars out of people, some incredibly talented, some limited, and others just a little too strange to define one way or the other. While some of those successes, like say The Beatles, make perfect others are a little more confounding. Case-in-point has been the career of Jimmy Buffett who has made millions and garnered an incredibly loyal following despite singing about hamburgers and margaritas. While lust for leisure
is most certainly part of that, Buffett’s success is also a tribute to the diversity of music and the audience it reaches. Of course fans aren’t the only ones who indulge in Buffett’s fantastical world, the man himself does as well, apparently too much as was the case in Australia when he apparently mistook a Sydney stage for his fabled Margaritaville.
“Jimmy is conscious and alert. He is currently in hospital undergoing observation and will remain there for a little while longer until doctors are satisfied that he is healthy,” said a spokesperson for the singer. “Jimmy suffered a gash on his head after falling on the stage. At this point we believe that flashing lights blinded him temporarily and that led to his fall. We expect him to make a full recovery.”
The spokesperson denied that Buffett has been indulging in any extracurricular activities before the show.
“Who knows exactly what happened. One would think that after thousands of shows
he would have been able to negotiate a stage effectively even with flashing lights. I mean there are lights at every show but who knows, maybe it is the truth. Regardless, hopefully he gets better quickly,” said Scrape TV Music analyst Dylan Chambers. “Buffett has really been an anomaly in modern music. He started his musical career in a really dynamic time in music, a kind of coming of age for the form that brought most of the great music to the world. It wasn’t just the music itself, it was also the influences that it had, but Buffett sat outside that, making his own music his own way and influencing absolutely no one. That unto itself is a really remarkable feat.”
Buffett’s breakthrough came with the release of ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ 1977, a seminal year in the rise of punk music and the popularity of disco, both of which have been massively influential genres.
“Buffett has really continued to be an outsider, performing to massive audiences for decades while playing the same songs over and over again. It’s strange because most of the acts from that era have moved on, breaking and reuniting or just leaving things behind. Buffett though has soldiered on and that’s certainly admirable,” continued Chambers. “It can’t last forever though and as he gets older I think the bright lights and all the noise are going to become even more of a problem, especially if he continues to think he’s walking through a sandy beach, for whatever reason.”
Buffett’s tour bus made a quick exit before paramedics arrived.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent