Jimmy Buffett not headlining Summerfest after all

Buffett was originally scheduled to perform at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 6. While Summerfest officials made a save-the-date announcement for the show, tickets had not gone on sale.

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Jimmy Buffett has not commented yet on his scrapped Summerfest show through his social media channels.

Jimmy Buffett has not commented yet on his scrapped Summerfest show through his social media channels. In a statement on Facebook Tuesday, Summerfest officials said Buffett’s planned appearance was canceled “due to circumstances out of our control.”

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Bad news, Parrotheads: There’ll be no Margaritaville at Summerfest after all.

Jimmy Buffett, who shared news that he was hospitalized before a planned show last month, will no longer be headlining the Milwaukee festival.

Buffett was originally scheduled to perform at Summerfest’s American Family Insurance Amphitheater on July 6. Instead, fans will “Sober Up” with new headliners AJR.

In May, Buffett, 76, had announced a show in Charleston, South Carolina, with just a couple weeks’ notice. But that show was postponed indefinitely after Buffett was hospitalized in Boston after a trip to the Bahamas. A new date for the singer’s Charleston show has not been scheduled.

While Summerfest officials made a save-the-date announcement for the planned Buffett amphitheater show — including promotion in its brochures and on its website — tickets for the Wisconsin show had not gone on sale.

In a statement on Facebook Tuesday, Summerfest officials said Buffett’s planned appearance was canceled “due to circumstances out of our control.” Buffett himself has not commented on the scrapped Summerfest show through his social media channels. This month he shared pictures and footage of a surprise bar performance, though the “Margaritaville” singer has still not announced any major concerts.

Buffett’s cancellation is a major blow to Summerfest and will inevitably hurt attendance. It’s also the latest case of the festival suffering a last-minute amphitheater cancellation.

Shows with Megadeth in 2019 and Justin Bieber in 2022 were canceled at the last minute due to health reasons, forcing the amphitheater to go dark those nights for the first time in the festival’s history.

This year at least, Summerfest has a fill-in show for the amphitheater with AJR, who headlined the venue last year, before Summerfest. AJR will still also open for Imagine Dragons at the amphitheater July 8 as previously planned.

Read more at usatoday.com

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