BARNESY HOWLS AGAIN
IF you thought Jimmy Barnes’ powerful lungs were enough to jolt you out of your seat at a gig, wait until you hear his warm-up.
The revered Aussie rocker gave fans a rare glimpse of his pre-gig screamathon at the launch for the upcoming second instalment of his memoirs, Working Class Man.
The sequel to the bestselling Working Class Boy charts the rise of Cold Chisel and his solo career and the damage wrought by his sex, drugs and rock’n’roll lifestyle on himself and his family. In the preface to the new book, Barnes writes the abuse he suffered as a child would have a lasting effect on the man.
Throughout his highs and lows, Barnes (pictured) credits the unconditional love of his family and reaching out for professional help, for helping heal the scars of his violent and povertystricken upbringing detailed in Working Class Boy.
“I used to think that if someone asked for help they were weak,” he writes. “But the toughest thing I ever did was reach out and ask for help. And that was when I started to heal. It took courage.”