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Jimmy Barnes has signaled his return to the spotlight with the announcement of his “Hell of a Time” national tour, marking a significant comeback following a challenging period of health issues. The revered rock icon’s journey back to the stage comes after undergoing open heart surgery late last year.
The health scare began on November 27, when Barnes was hospitalized with bacterial pneumonia. His condition quickly escalated due to a staphylococcal bacteraemia infection, leading to an abscess at an old operation site. The situation grew dire as the infection progressed to endocarditis, threatening his life and necessitating urgent cardiac surgery on December 13 to replace his aortic valve.
Now, a little over two months post-surgery, Barnes has shared his remarkable recovery journey with fans through social media. Doctors have given him the green light to increase his exercise regimen, paving the way for his return to performing. “Every day I’m getting stronger. Every day I’m pushing myself a little bit further,” Barnes shared. “I’m excited about getting back on stage, in front of the band and playing for you all.”
His comeback will be marked by a special performance at Bluesfest Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend, celebrating the 30th anniversary of his Flesh and Wood album. This unique show promises a blend of electric and acoustic renditions from Barnes’ extensive catalog, including duets and special guest appearances, making it a highlight of the 35th Anniversary Bluesfest lineup.
Flesh and Wood, Barnes’ seventh solo album, was a commercial success, achieving triple platinum sales and featuring collaborations with notable artists such as Joe Cocker and Archie Roach. Its enduring popularity underscores Barnes’ significant impact on the Australian music scene.
Following his Bluesfest appearance, Barnes is set to headline the Red Hot Summer Tour’s rescheduled shows, bringing together an impressive lineup of Australian talent. The tour will visit iconic venues across the country, including Roche Estate in the NSW Hunter Valley and Bendigo Racecourse.
But the excitement doesn’t end there. Barnes has also announced the “Hell of a Time” tour, a series of intimate, regional theatre performances scheduled for June through August. This tour will offer fans a closer look at Barnes’ musical journey, featuring stories and acoustic renditions of his favorite songs. “The Hell of a Time Tour is shaping up to be something special,” Barnes said, promising a unique and personal experience.
In addition to his touring plans, a limited edition sand-coloured vinyl reissue of Flesh and Wood is set to be released, celebrating 30 years since the album’s debut. This collector’s item, personally signed by Barnes, is a fitting tribute to an album that has left an indelible mark on Australia’s musical landscape.
Jimmy Barnes Tour Dates
(in chronological order)
|Sunday, 31 March 2024
Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
30th Anniversary Flesh and Wood show
Saturday, 6 April 2024
Roche Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
Saturday, 13 April 2024
Country Club Lawns, Launceston TAS
Saturday, 27 April 2024
Bendigo Racecourse, Bendigo VIC
Wednesday, 12 June 2024
Regal Theatre, Perth WA
Thursday, 13 June 2024
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA
Monday, 17 June 2024
Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston VIC
Tuesday, 18 June 2024
West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul VIC
Thursday, 20 June 2024
Riverlinks Eastbank, Shepparton VIC
Saturday, 29 June 2024
Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS
Thursday, 4 July 2024
Barossa Arts Centre, Tanunda SA
Friday. 5 July 2024
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide SA
Tuesday, 6 August 2024
The Art House, Wyong NSW
Thursday, 8 August 2024
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD
Wednesday, 14 August 2024
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Friday, 16 August 2024
Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Sunday, 18 August 2024
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney NSW
Tickets to the Hell of a Time tour go on sale at 10.00am
local times on Monday, 19 February from here
Jimmy will also be appearing at Stranded in the Maldives
Sunday 1 September to Thursday 11 September 2024
Stranded in the Maldives
With Ian Moss, Kate Ceberano, Troy Cassar-Daley and Mahalia Barnes
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