Jimmy Buffett and U2’s Bono Shot at in Jamaica While Flying Seaplane

While most trips to the Caribbean are relaxing and relatively safe, for singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffet (and his friend Bono from U2), a trip to Jamaica ended with bullet holes in his plane.  

Hemisphere Dancer is Jimmy Buffet’s personal seaplane. It was originally built in 1955 and called a “A Grumman HU-16 Albatross flying boat”. Hemisphere Dancer’s original use was a long-range search and rescue plane for the US Navy. Buffett purchased the aircraft in 1990 and restored it. This is the very plane that Buffett was flying during the incident recounted in the song “Jamaica Mistaica” on the album Banana Wind.

Buffett had recently set off on a tour of the Caribbean, Central, and South America, in celebration of his 50th birthday. Accompanying him were his wife, son, youngest daughter, and some hired pilots to lighten the workload. Despite numerous efforts at obtaining the requisite clearances and permissions, the Hemisphere Dancer was only allowed to make a water landing once during the month-long odyssey. This action is chronicled in Buffett’s autobiographical travelogue A Pirate Looks at 50, which was an immediate #1 best seller on the New York Times best seller list.

During his tour, on January 16, 1996, Buffett’s plane was shot at by Jamaican police. The “Hemisphere Dancer” was carrying Buffett, U2’s Bono, his wife Ali, their children Jordan and Eve, and Island Records producer Chris Blackwell. Police suspected it was smuggling drugs. Fortunately, no one was hurt, although there were a few bullet holes in the plane.

This is how the story was rerouted, as Buffet taxied his plane Hemisphere Dancer in Negril (Jamaica).

“These boys were shooting all over the place. I felt as if we were in the middle of a James Bond movie…I honestly thought we were all going to die…You can’t believe the relief I felt when I saw the kids were okay,” Bono recounted.

Jimmy Buffet would later release Jamaica Mistaica (1996) to recount the terror:

“They shot from the lighthouse
They shot from the highway
They shot from the top of the cliff
They’d all gone haywire
We’re catchin’ fire
And there wasn’t even a spliff.”

The Hemisphere Dancer currently resides at Margaritaville in Orlando, FL. 

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The Beatles Authentic autographs, postcard signed

 

 

The Beatles English rock band – with members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential act of the rock era

Signed early Parlophone publicity postcard, shows the Beatles on the front page, 5,75 x 3,5 inch, signed and inscribed on the reverse in blue ballpoint ink “To Joan – Ringo Starr”,”Love to Joan – John – Lennon – xxx”, “To Joan – love Paul – McCartney – xxx” and “To Joan love from – George – Harrison”, attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows The Beatles on stage (altogether 8,25 x 11,75 inch), with glue remnants along the left edge, a bend to the lower right corner, a tear (0,75 inch) to the lower edge, and mild stains – in fine to good condition.

size in inch 5,75 x 3,5 (altogether 8,25 x 11,75 inch) Shipping and packing = 12 $ Authenticity We do not offer any Autopen-, Secretarial-, Stamped- or Pre-Print autographs. We stand 100% behind every item and can provide in most cases history where and when they have been obtained. Of course every item come with a pictured Certificate of Authenticity and lifetime guarantee. We have maybe one of the largest reference librarys in Europe and working extremly careful and serious in this matter. Please do a google search for “brandesautographs” and take a look to our website where you can read about autograph huntings, autograph news, fake autographs, collecting events and much more !




The Beatles AUTHENTIC autographs, postcard signed verso mounted
The Beatles AUTHENTIC autographs, postcard signed verso mounted









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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

 

 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage. 1972

 

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage. 1972
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage. 1972

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on stage. 1972

Sir Michael Philip Jagger is an English singer-songwriter, musician, composer and actor who gained fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones.
Keith Richards, sometimes credited as Keith Richard, is an English musician and songwriter, best known as a guitarist and founder member of the Rolling Stones.

 







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Led Zeppelin -NYC 1973

 

 

Led Zeppelin -NYC 1973

 Led Zeppelin -NYC 1973

Led Zeppelin -NYC 1973

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham.

 







Led Zeppelin -NYC 1973

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Johnny Cash in San Antonio, TX. 1959

 

 

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.”
~ Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash in San Antonio, TX. 1959
Johnny Cash in San Antonio, TX. 1959

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.”
~ Johnny Cash










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Tulisa from N-Dubz Getting Out of Jaguar XJL

Tulisa from N-Dubz is seen here getting out of the back of a Jaguar XJL
Tulisa from N-Dubz is seen here getting out of the back of a Jaguar XJL

 

Like all the other X Factor UK judges, Tulisa from N-Dubz is seen here getting out of the back of a Jaguar XJL and, it is rumored that she also owns a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder but in white.  N-Dubz were a British hip hop group from Camden Town, London. The group consisted of members Dappy, Tulisa and Fazer. N-Dubz were previously signed to Polydor Records before joining All Around the World Records.  Tula Paulina “Tulisa” Contostavlos is an English singer-songwriter, The X Factor judge, actress, and television personality.







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The Beatles Pen Pal Story

This is a Beatles pen pal story
This is a Beatles pen pal story

The Beatles “Four Aces” program large set of autographs boldly signed on the opening photo page of the group by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney who has added a dedication “To Michelle Love from The Beatles”.
Now here’s where it gets real interesting.
This is a pen pal story….Once upon a time, way before the internet and Facebook people use to send letters to one another and some (mostly teenagers) through school and magazines made friends and wrote to one another through the mail.




This signed program comes from one such pen pal friendship that started in the early 60’s, between two teenage girls, one living in Pennsylvania in the United States and the other living in Bradford England.
Here’s just part (edited) of the two page hand written letter of provenance that come with this signed Beatles program: “Sometime ago I found myself corresponding with a peer of my own age, but from quite far aways. Somehow I connected with Diane (British pen pal) and we became pen pals. Her name was Diane (last name edited out by me) and she lived at two Stevenson Street, Bradford Yorkshire England.
We wrote about stuff fifteen and sixteen year olds write about and writing about how one day we would meet. At some point Diane started writing about this group of musicians who were becoming very popular in England. She sent me newspaper clippings and other print media which I kept in a scrapbook. But the biggest treasure arrived in the form of a program.
Diane’s father was a stage hand or security guard at a theatre where the Beatles were performing, she asked him if he would get the “Fab Four” to sign it which they did. She then sent it to me, along with her signature (see page opposite Beatle signatures), which to me was just as special” Signed Michelle
Diane wrote on the opposite page “To Michelle love from Diane. (I thought you’d like my autograph too”
Now here’s where it gets even more interesting….If you look at the tour dates of this Beatles fall tour with Mary Wells etc. you will see that on October 9th 1964,which was the opening night of their fall tour, where they played two shows at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford….Most Beatles signed items out there can’t be traced to a specific date and place…This is….Also what’s also extra special here is that this program was signed by John on his 24th birthday, which of course was October 9th.
This is truly a unique piece of Beatles history and a remarkable set of signatures.
The program itself is intact and the signed Beatles page measures 8″ X 10 1/2″ (over sized set of signatures) and the page is in Excellent+ with slight tear and vertical fold not really affecting the autographs. The page is remarkably clean and free of any fading, pitting or soiling.

Investment grade authentic Beatles signed item.




The Beatles "Four Aces" program large set of autographs boldly signed on the opening photo page of the group by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney who has added a dedication "To Michelle Love from The Beatles".
The Beatles “Four Aces” program large set of autographs boldly signed on the opening photo page of the group by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney who has added a dedication “To Michelle Love from The Beatles”.




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Bruce Springsteen’s Awesome Black Corvette

Bruce Springsteen’s Awesome Black Corvette
Bruce Springsteen’s Awesome Black Corvette

 

The Boss, otherwise known as Bruce Springsteen – was captured by photographers motoring around Los Angeles with his wife, Patti, in their black 1964 C2 Corvette Sting Ray convertible recently. He even flashed a peace sign to the near by photographers.  




Bruce Springsteen gave the peace sign while driving with wife Patti Scialfa in a classic Corvette in Los Angeles
Bruce Springsteen gave the peace sign while driving with wife Patti Scialfa in a classic Corvette in Los Angeles




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Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slash and His 1966 Corvette Coupe

Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and his 1966 Corvette Coupe

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Saul Hudson “Slash” and his 1966 Corvette Coupe





Slash was born Saul Hudson in London, England, in 1965. He grew up in Los Angeles and learned to play guitar as a teenager. In 1985 he joined Guns N’ Roses and earned international acclaim for riffs on songs like “Sweet Child o’ Mine.” After leaving GNR in 1996, Slash did session work and formed other bands, such as Velvet Revolver. Slash suffered heart failure in 2001 and reformed his life, documenting it all in his 2007 autobiography. In March 2016 it was announced that Guns N’ Roses would reunite for a North American tour.


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Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting

Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting
Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting

 

Better known as The Who’s lead guitarist and principal songwriter, rock star and celebrity superyacht owner Pete Townsend has also had a life-long affair with sailing and owned almost as many boats as he has musical instruments.

Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting
Pete Townshend And His Love Of Yachting




 

 

Tucked into the corner of the saloon on his 38.4 metre classic sailing yacht Gloria, Pete Townshend is reeling off a rock anecdote because I’m trawling for one. He has been charitable enough to dip into a 50-year cache of stories that begin in this format – replace Moon and Reed with Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton or any member of rock aristocracy – and toss me a tale of yacht-related debauchery.





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