Barnes family on song
IF Jimmy Barnes knew his offspring were going to follow his footsteps and become talented musicians in their own right, the singer jokes he would have had more children and created a bigger band.
The Cold Chisel frontman has hit the road to support new single Pleasure House, but this time around his solo tour is somewhat of a family affair.
Barnes’ daughter Mahalia will join him on stage for a string of dates and the singer’s second-eldest daughter, Eliza-Jane, will occasionally feature as the opening act Evil J & Saint Cecilia. Barnes’s son Jackie joins his band as the drummer for the tour. ‘‘They are all so inspiring,’’ Barnes says. ‘‘They push me and know all my tricks so they kick me in the butt when I need it. The chemistry on stage is unreal. They know everything from my body language to where I am going to sing on the stage. My son knows every song better than I do.’’
Barnes says he wouldn’t have have picked it ‘‘in a million years’’ that his children love to play music.
‘‘If I knew it would be like this, I would have had more kids and made a family band,’’ he says, laughing.
‘‘They bring their own energy to the stage – they play my songs with a different attitude and perspective. Mahalia is such a powerful singer. I have to sing well to keep up with her.’’
Barnes says Pleasure House sets the tone for a new solo record.
‘‘It’s the first track for a new album. It will be a tough and hard album,’’ he says.
‘‘I like that combination – hard rock with a melody. The album will become more intense as it comes along.’’
Cold Chisel fans have something to look forward to as well – Barnes says the band has been working on new material and plans to release a record next year.
‘‘To play with a band like Cold Chisel is so inspiring. It’s a different animal to my own band,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s rock ’n’ roll, but it’s still touching and inspiring. They are the guys I learnt to sing and play with. We grew up together. There’s a certain comfort on stage, but the prodding and pushing is unique in that band. I love it.’’
Barnes says he’s been writing with a variety of people, and in the process has learnt ‘‘s--- loads’’ from the younger generation.
‘‘Any good musician should be open to growing,’’ he says.
Jimmy Barnes, with special guest Mahalia Barnes, plays Twin Towns on Sunday at 8pm.
Jimmy Barnes returns to the Coast with daughter Mahalia (vocals) and son Jackie (drums).