It’s still unknown if a blown-out flip-flop was to blame, but “Cheeseburger in Paradise” singer Jimmy Buffett was released from a Sydney, Australia, hospital on Thursday (January 27), a day after taking a terrible tumble from a concert stage in the city.
The 64-year-old Buffett fell face first off the Hordern Pavilion’s stage on Wednesday night after an encore performance of his song “Lovely Cruise,” shocking onlookers as he lay unconscious for 10 minutes on the floor while security and medics attended to him. He was hospitalized and underwent a CAT scan that showed no serious damage, according to reports.
A message on the laid-back singer’s official website assured fans, “Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well.” An earlier message about the stage slip read, “As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital. The doctors say he is doing well and will be released tomorrow. More info as we get it, and thank you for all of your well-wishes!”
A rep for Buffett told USA Today that he will need a few more days to recuperate, though, so his planned gig on Saturday in New Zealand has been canceled for now. “Just needs some time to get better,” the unnamed spokesperson said. The singer will have plenty of time to do that, since his next scheduled show isn’t until April 16 in Tampa, Florida.
The fall was not only scary for Buffett, but for the fans in attendance. “We were in the 10th row, and it looked like he did a massive face-plant after his encore and pretty much didn’t get up,” concertgoer Dan Bateman told The Daily Telegraph. “We were told to leave the premises. No one really wanted to leave because everyone was anxious to know if he survived the fall. Everyone was pretty horrified.”
The set was one of Buffett’s first performances in Australia in two decades. Wednesday night’s show was a late addition after the singer capped off two sold-out dates at the Sydney Opera House. The event occurred on Australia Day, which commemorates the founding of the nation, and Buffett reportedly packed the set with tributes to the festive occasion.
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