Jimmy Barnes may be an Australian rock legend, but he’s still a normal Aussie bloke with the same ‘normal problems as anyone else’.
That’s what Jimmy wants his fans to know in his national tour – Working Class Man – which will be in Mudgee next year.
“This allows the fans to not only see the backstory of the band but to see me as a real person,” he told the Mudgee Guardian.
The tour stems from part two of his memoir Working Class Man, released in October, detailing Jimmy’s rock ‘n roll excesses.
Working Class Man starts in 1974 as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old bread truck with a then-unknown rock group called Cold Chisel. The book traces the legendary band’s long climb to the top and their subsequent implosion. The story then picks up as Jimmy carves out a new solo career for himself. He becomes the country’s biggest rock star before drugs and alcohol bring him to his knees and he eventually rebuilds his life thanks to the love of his wife and his family.
“I think the thing that people really connect with me, even before they’ve read these books, is that I’m normal,” he said. “I never went through anything unique, all my problems are similar.”
“We all deal with fear and shame and violence and that sort of stuff, on different levels, and it affects all of us. If it doesn’t affect you, it might affect your partner or it might affect your friends.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a rock singer or a plumber, we still have to battle the same stuff and I think that brings people a little closer.”
It doesn’t matter if you’re a rock singer or a plumber, we still have to battle the same stuff and I think that brings people a little closerJimmy Barnes
He explained the ‘big message’ he tries to get across in the tour.
“You can’t do this alone, you need your friends, you need your family or if you need professional help that’s nothing to be ashamed of, it’s something you should do as quickly as you can because the sooner you can sort yourself out or get help to sort your self out, the better it is for you and for everyone around you.”
Tickets for the Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour are on-sale at jimmybarnes.com.