From Michael Hutchence to Keith Ur­ban and Cold Chisel band­mates, mem­o­ries are made of this for the hard-rock­ing and hard-drink­ing Jimmy Barnes

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to the point where we thought we’d learnt as much as we could from each other. It was a scary prospect (leav­ing the band). I used to make jokes that all I did was drink and sing, and not nec­es­sar­ily in that or­der. All of us in the band had our own jobs and mine was to be the front man and the guy who con­nected with the au­di­ence – and a lot of that was the wild­ness. I didn’t have to knuckle down and worry about the business, or knuckle down and write songs, or worry about the ar­range­ments of the songs. While in Cold Chisel, I had other peo­ple do­ing that and it was part of the grow­ing process leav­ing and get­ting out, and it was for the rest of the band too. per­former in North Queens­land and I toured there for a month and then went in to record Bodyswerve, and that was so rough. When I make a record I like to have 30 songs to choose from, when I did that al­bum I had eight to choose from, I was fly­ing by the seat of my pants. I was not overly pre­pared and I was ner­vous. It was a pretty tu­mul­tuous time for me but it was about find­ing my­self and sud­denly I’d taken on a lot of re­spon­si­bil­ity and I had a lot of stuff to do. It gave me a lot of con­fi­dence. that we’ve for­got­ten him. But we’ve taken off that thing and given it a new life with Keith. He did a re­ally good job and now I think I could play it on my own and it would be OK, and Keith helped me do that. He (Ur­ban) has been through the bat­tle of booze and drugs and so have I, and so did Michael. Un­for­tu­nately Michael lost the bat­tle due to a lot of rea­sons, some that I don’t even know, but we’ve been through the same rock ’n’ roll life­style and rode the same rocky road that you live when you’re in a rock ’n’ roll band, and we wanted to tip the hat to Michael. We lost a good mate and Aus­tralia lost a good friend. any money. I have been a fan for years and we’ve played to­gether and seen each other through thick and thin. It was very sad, we were like brothers and we’d been to­gether through hard times and good times. We were mates and we were do­ing good things (mu­si­cally), so it was a re­ally tough thing for the band and ev­ery­one in his fam­ily. After we lost Steve we sat down and said “we can’t go on”. But we knew we en­joyed play­ing to­gether so much and so did Steve. We should’ve been play­ing more of­ten and in­stead of leav­ing it un­til later to record we said, “let’s get in there and do more record­ings” and now we’re in the process of mak­ing a new record. We’ll be tour­ing again next year.

Jimmy Barnes, who per­forms at the Twin Towns in Tweed Heads tonight, is look­ing for­ward to Cold Chisel record­ing again.

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