Rock legend Jimmy Barnes is coming to Tweed Heads
JIMMY Barnes is coming to town and promising a performance that will "punch you right between the eyes".
Recently back from a family holiday to Europe (which included a round of golf at St Andrew's), Barnes confessed to being very jetlagged when speaking to this reporter, but the Aussie rock-and-roll legend is looking forward to kicking off his Welcome to the Pleasure House tour.
And whether he is tuning up in the nation's biggest concert halls, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club or Twin Towns Services Club auditorium, Barnes promises to give his fans everything he's got.
I've been doing this for 40-odd years now and when I'm on stage I really feed off that energy from the crowd. Every crowd is different but they all have that same positive energy. That's why I give 100% because they deserve no less.
"I love my fans, I actually prefer to think of them as mates," Barnes said.
"When I perform I can feel and see a real emotional response from them.
"They're invested in the perform- ance. When they're out there they're not just remembering the words and singing as loud as they can. They're remembering a time or point in their life, good or bad, that they associate with that song. To them it is not just a song it is a part of their life.
"I've been doing this (playing music and touring) for 40-odd years now and when I'm on stage I really feed off that energy from the crowd. Every crowd is different but they all have that same positive energy. That's why I give 100% because they deserve no less."
It is that 100% commitment that has helped Barnes establish his position as one of Australia's greatest musicians - a position that includes 13 number-one albums.
With that in mind it is easy to see why Barnes likes to run his own show, preferring not to line-up as a support act to the "big name" stars that tour Australia.
However there is one exception to that rule - "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen.
In the ultimate warm-up to his solo tour Barnes performed alongside Springsteen at The Boss's Wrecking Ball tour performance at Victoria's Hanging Rock.
"Normally I don't like being a support act but I've been a huge fan of his (Springsteen) since 1973," Barnes said.
"He is fantastic; I love his work. To be honest I would've signed up just so I could be stage-side to watch him perform.
"You hear stories about him putting on a three-and-a-half-hour show and it's hard to believe but he does it. He's a real performer."
Like Springsteen, Barnes will be accompanied by a few support acts on his tour but he is adamant they will share equal billing; after all they are family.
Barnes' daughter Mahalia will accompany him to Twin Towns and the singer is looking forward to it.
"My kids have been touring with me all their lives. They know my music just as well as me - probably better," he said.
"Watching Mahalia perform is amazing. She is frighteningly good and only getting better.
"Mahalia and Jackie (Jimmy's son who plays drums) are integral to my performance because they never let me slack off; they always push me."
Barnes' Welcome to the Pleasure House hits Twin Towns on Sunday, August 11 and will feature Pleasure House - the lead song from the new album Barnes is currently recording.
"I've only got two speeds, on or off and I promise Twin Towns will definitely see me on," he said.