Parrotheads Can Get Their Fins Up Down Under
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Music Blogger
In a pre-concert interview with Michael Utley aired on Radio Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett said planning for the 2020 tour is underway and then announced – after a bit of prodding from the long-time Coral Reefer – that it will take place in Australia and New Zealand.
“We were planning next year’s tour today because, well, you have to do that,” Buffett said before a show in Dallas. “And we’re going to where we like to go, and we only go every two years. And it’s not in America. And they speak English.”
With Utley urging him on, and even saying an Aussie city, Buffett said, “yes, Sydney. And New Zealand. And who knows where else.”
Buffett made no reference to falling off the stage in Sydney, which he famously did in back in 2011. This happened at the Hordern Pavilion; he had earlier played two shows at the Sydney Opera House. It is only natural to expect him to again perform at the Opera House in 2020.
Earlier, Buffett told an interesting story about how he got the inspiration to write “Margaritaville.”
He said he was “table singing” at a Mexican restaurant in Mobile, Alabama, where “I sang Mexican songs,” he said. That, he explained, planted the seeds for the song that made him a music legend and set him on a career path that now involves Margaritaville restaurants and resorts as part of a vast empire.