Australian rock legend and ARIA Hall of Fame royalty Jimmy Barnes will be performing at the Ipswich Civic Centre on August 7 as part of his 2013 national tour.
Australian rock legend and ARIA Hall of Fame royalty Jimmy Barnes will be performing at the Ipswich Civic Centre on August 7 as part of his 2013 national tour. Contributed

Tour marks a major milestone

AFTER a successful 30:30 Hindsight Greatest Hits Tour late last year, Jimmy Barnes has added three new tour dates, including two in Tweed Heads.

The tour, celebrating Barnes's three decades as a solo performer, makes its way to Twin Towns Services Club next week on Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30, before finally wrapping up in Bateau Bay next month.

But if you're planning to see the man in action, you shouldn't wait until the last minute to grab a ticket as the Friday show has already sold out.

"The whole tour has been sold out," Barnes said.

"It's been a really great tour."

With the Central Coast show also sold out, the last chance to catch Barnes on his 30th anniversary tour is next Thursday at Twinnies.

"We always have a great time at Twin Towns," Barnes said.

"We try to play there once a tour."

This tour accompanies the success of Barnes' 30:30 Hindsight album, released in August 2014.

"It's been unbelievable," he said.

"We've done some great shows."

After a break over Christmas, Barnes said he was keen to knock over the final three shows of the tour.

"It's really a great way to come back, all fresh," he said.

30:30 Hindsight was Barnes' 10th solo album, and it debuted at number one in Australian charts.

Last year, it was the only Australian album to rack up platinum sales.

"That was a great indication of how strong my followers are," Barnes said.

"We get out there every night and we deliver.

"We give it 120% every single time."

The album has been making waves abroad as well, with Lay Down Your Guns, featuring The Living End, boasting prime radio rotation in the UK.

"We get a lot of support (overseas)," Barnes said.

"There's also a lot of great musicians on this record."

Four decades since he began touring with the legendary Cold Chisel, Barnes said the fans who turned out for his shows were a diverse mix.

"It's really quite interesting to get there and see the older audiences, because it's a pretty intense rock and roll show.

"It's great fun, it's a really great celebration.

"I get nervous before every show, so every show's important.

"The key is to get out there and push yourself to improve at each show.

"The audience really inspires you and drives you to do that."

"It's sort of an exciting energy, at every show, whether in the 1970s or at one of these most recent shows."And after all these years, he has no plans stopping anytime soon. "There's been a few times at the end of big tours, particularly when I used to get hammered a lot," he said.

"But it's the enjoyment of the crowd that picks you up and keeps you moving.

"I'll keep doing it as long as there's an audience that wants me."

In exciting news for his fans, this year, Barnes will return to the recording studio - and the stage - with Cold Chisel.

There are still some tickets available for Barnes's performance at Twin Towns Services Club on January 29, at 9pm (NSW).

Tickets are $65, visit twintowns.com.au or phone 1800 014 014.



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