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“Oh, kee-or-ah,” a husky Aussie voice with a slight Scottish inflection rasps over the phone. “I love New Zealand, I’m glad to be coming to talk to you guys and spread the word.”
This husky voice belongs to none other than Jimmy Barnes, who’s heading across the ditch for his Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs tour – stopping in at Mount Maunganui’s ASB Baypark Arena next February.
This tour will see Jimmy present nine intimate, introspective shows where he’ll perform music, which “influenced me as a young fella”, plus stories that feature in his new memoir ‘Working Class Boy’ released by Harper Collins this month.
“It’s always good to do something different. You get a totally different warmth from the audience; you get a lot closer to them and they get a lot closer to you.
“It gives people an inside look at how you get to where you are, how you became the person you are.
“There will be some music as part of the shows, music that influenced me when I was a young fella, stuff I heard around the house, in Scotland, heard my parents sings, heard on the radio when I was young.”
‘Working Class Boy’ is the story of how Jimmy Swan – the son of Scottish parents Dot and Jim, who moved the family-of-eight to the tough northern suburbs of Adelaide in the 1960s – became the Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes.
Tracing the first 17 years of Jimmy’s life, his memoir reflects on the family’s collapse due to poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, but also a young boy’s dream to escape the misery of the suburbs with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join a rock‘n’roll band – Cold Chisel – and escape for good.
“It’s a little bit scary; whenever you make yourself vulnerable you open yourself to a slap in the teeth. But you know…the more I open up on this, the better response I get from people.
“To turn around and face up to demons is a challenge, but it’s also very rewarding and the only way to deal with them.”
Eccles Entertainment and The Sound’s Jimmy Barnes’ Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs is at ASB Baypark Arena on February 16. Tickets cost $65-$120 at: ticketmaster.co.nz
The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can tell us the name of Jimmy Barnes’ new memoir?
Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the competition section. All entries must be received by Wednesday, October 5.