Iconic Singer must cancel Las Vegas Strip plans (for now)

Las Vegas is the live music capital of the world and there is something for almost everyone.

In recent years, developers such as MGM Resorts (MGM) have made an effort to attract a younger clientele by booking pop artists such as Katy Perry and Lady Gaga for residencies.

They also began offering residencies to EDM artists such as Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki. Then there’s the matter of the upcoming MySpace Emo When We Were Young nostalgia festival, featuring My Chemical Romance and Paramore, and the recently concluded Life Is Beautiful festival, which featured alternative rock bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Lorde.

That said, Las Vegas is all about walking and chewing gum. It’s also quite capable of reaching the younger generation while retaining its everlasting appeal for older audiences who want to seek out the classics of their youth, as guitar god Santana has a residency in the works and Aerosmith is currently at the middle of their “Aerosmith: Both Are Wild” stay at Park MGM.

But unfortunately for those who had made plans, a hugely popular touring band canceled their shows for the rest of the year, due to health concerns.

Jimmy Buffett is a touring icon

Jimmy Buffet, the creator of the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle, is a restaurant mogul thanks to his mega-popular Margaritaville chain, a budding cruise titan thanks to his Margaritaville Paradise line, and also owns several retreat centers. To top it off, he is also a dedicated environmental activist who has worked to preserve endangered areas along the Florida coast.

But Buffet wouldn’t have had the cultural or monetary clout to pull it off if he hadn’t made a name for himself writing odes to the joys of escaping island life, letting your worries drift away and wondering where did this tattoo come from?

After making a name for himself as a 70s country songwriter, he built up a devoted following of Parrotheads who have been reliably dating for decades.

Jimmy Buffett has canceled his Vegas shows

Buffet may be a tycoon. But you are nothing without your health.

So, unspecified health issues prompted Buffett to postpone his MGM Grand Garden shows that were scheduled for October 8 and 15. They will now take place on March 4 and 11 next year. An upcoming show in San Diego will be postponed to an as-yet-undetermined date while shows in Nampa, Idaho and Salt Lake City have been canceled.

Buffett’s team posted on social media that due to health issues and a brief hospitalization, Jimmy will have to sit out filming for the rest of the year. On doctor’s orders, he must take this time to recuperate and heal. Jimmy is looking forward to returning to the stage next year.

Tickets for the October shows will be honored next year. If it doesn’t work out for your schedule, fans have 30 days to request a point-of-sale refund.

While this is undoubtedly disappointing news, there is still plenty to see in Las Vegas. And if any fans just can’t make the new date work and head to Vegas anyway, they can always visit the Las Vegas Margaritaville Restaurant. There are plenty of items on the menu that people regularly use to assuage feelings of disappointment.

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