Jimmy Buffett -- singer, businessman, and leader of the Parrothead nation -- has been hospitalized in Australia after suffering a head injury in a stage fall. Buffett had just finished singing the line, "It's been a lovely cruise, I'm sorry it's ended" from 1977's "Lovely Cruise" when he collapsed face-first into the photo pit at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion Wednesday night. According to Aussie newspaper the Daily Telegraph, the rocker apparently hit his head on a barrier and laid on the floor bleeding until emergency personnel arrived 30 minutes later. Buffett was taken to Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital and "horrified" concertgoers were ushered out of the venue without further explanation.
The 64-year-old Buffett is quite durable, and his reps report he is already on the mend. "As you probably already know, Jimmy had an accident while performing in Sydney last night and was taken to the hospital," reads a statement on Buffett's official website. "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!"
In video of the accident posted on TMZ, Buffett appears to be exiting the stage when he takes an errant step and winds up in the approximately three-foot-wide gap between the stage and the front row where photographers and security guards are usually stationed.
Wednesday's show was actually a last-minute addition to the rocker's schedule -- he'd played three sold-out nights at the Opera House and tacked on the Hordern Pavilion date to accommodate fans who hadn't been able to score tickets to his first shows Down Under in 20 years. Nice guys finish face-first in the photo pit, Jimmy! Ditch Oz altogether and just come play Dave Matthews Band's Brochella this summer.
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