Barnes fam­ily on song

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAYCONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR

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).

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