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