Island crooner Jimmy Buffett has big plans for his gig at Bluesfest, but he says the audience will have the final say on what he plays
Jimmy Buffett has announced his Bluesfest gig will be a big-band extravaganza with special guests and plenty of hits.
The Margaritaville singer is eager to meet again with his Australian fans, called “parrotheads”, as he promises to impress.
“This is the big band formation we tour the US with every year ... it’s gonna be fun and we’re gonna be ready,” he says.
“It’s one show only, so we are going to crank it up.”
Asked how he will get ready for the Bluesfest gig, Buffett says he has planned a couple of surfing stopovers on the way to Tyagarah.
“I turned 70 last December, so I am going to go to Tavarua in Fiji first, and then after a couple of days at Wategos in Byron Bay, I’ll be ready for it.”
Buffett says the music list for the show will be dictated by the audience.
“People pay good money to come see us and I’m going to play what they want to hear,” he says.
“That said, there is about 12 to 14 songs that I call the ‘play them or get killed’ songs. In an average show at a festival we do about two hours and 10 minutes, so that gives us enough time to play the hits, and coming Down
Under I will have some little surprises for the local audience. As a long-time performer you play for your audience, not to them.”
Buffett says he will probably ask Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro to join him on stage during his show.
He’ll also have the chance to ask three-time Grammy winner Zac Brown to play
Knee Deep, the song they recorded together in 2010.
“Last time I checked Zac Brown was as much of a shameless performer as I am, so I’ll say the chances are very high,” he says. Jimmy Buffett, Bluesfest Crossroads stage, 7.30pm tomorrow
American music legend Jimmy Buffett plays Bluesfest.