ICON: American musician James William 'Jimmy' Buffett
ICON: American musician James William 'Jimmy' Buffett

Buffet is planning to 'crank it up'

JIMMY Buffett has announced his Bluesfest gigs will be a big-band extravaganza.

The Margaritaville singer is eager to meet again with his Australian fans, called 'parrotheads' as he promises a big show at Bluesfest.

"This is the big bad formation we tour the US with every year, it's gonna be fun and we're gonna be ready,” he said.

"It' a one -show only so we are going to crank it up.”

Asked how will ge get ready for the Bluesfest gig, Buffet said 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.”

Jimmy Buffet said the music list for the show will be dictated by the audience.

"People play good money to come see us and I'm goin to play what thye want to hear,” he said.

"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 abour two hours and ten minutes, so that gives us enough time to play the hits and coming down under I can come up some little surprises for the local audience.

"As a long-time performer you play for your audience, no to them.

Buffett said he will probbaly ask Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro to join him on stage during his show.

But Buffett also has a chance to ask three-time Grammy winner Zac Brown to play Knee Deep, the song they recorded together in 2010.

"Last time I check Zac brown was as much of a shameles performer as I am, so i'll say the chances are very high,” he said.


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