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Jimmy Buffett hospitalized after fall off concert stage in Australia

January 26, 2011 | 10:54 am

Jimmy Buffett hospitalized after a fall in Sydney Australia Singer Jimmy Buffett was hospitalized with a head injury after falling off the stage at the end of a concert in Sydney, Australia.

Buffett, 64, fell face first Wednesday night after an encore performance of "Lovely Cruise." Buffett had performed Sunday and Monday to sold-out crowds at Sydney's Opera House before moving Wednesday to the Hordern Pavilion for a show tacked on in response to demand.

"It looked like he did a massive face plant after his encore and pretty much didn't get up," a fan in the 10th row told Australia's Daily Telegraph, which reported that fans were told to leave the auditorium immediately, without getting news on Buffett's condition.

The singer was listed in stable condition at Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital about four hours after the fall, CNN International said.

Down under, Wednesday is Australia Day -- a holiday commemorating the arrival of Britain's First Fleet in Sydney Harbor in 1788. "It's a day for all Australians to get together and, in whatever way they choose, celebrate being Australian," according the holiday's Facebook page.

Buffett and the Coral Reefer band had not performed in Australia for 20 years, the Daily Telegraph said, and loaded up the show with references to the country and the holiday, plus a promise to return in 2012. The video below is from a 2009 show in Virginia.


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Photo: Jimmy Buffett performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in 2008. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press