The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE MCGRANE Cold Chisel play Cas­trol Gold Coast 600, Broad­wa­ter Park­lands, Satur­day night

He’s a grand­fa­ther of 11 but he’s no lul­laby singer, so Jimmy Barnes has taken to writ­ing chil­dren’s books in­stead. The Cold Chisel front­man re­vealed his hid­den tal­ent while on the promo trail for the band’s eighth stu­dio al­bum, The Per­fect Crime.

“I’ve writ­ten a cou­ple of kids books but they haven’t been re­leased yet, but I’m talk­ing to pub­lish­ers at the mo­ment,” Barnes says.

The singer said he be­came in­spired when he no­ticed his Scot­tish her­itage emerg­ing in his red-haired, blue-eyed, grand­son Dy­lan.

“I’ve writ­ten a lit­tle Scot­tish book for him. It was just for fun, a story I used to read to him, but some pub­lish­ers are re­ally in­ter­ested so we’re go­ing ahead with that,” he says.

It’s only been a year since Barnes re­leased 30:30 Hind­sight, his plat­inum­selling solo al­bum which cel­e­brated 30 years since his first solo record, Bodyswerve. But al­ready he’s back with Chisel and a new al­bum. Not to men­tion the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy he also has on the go.

“I’ve writ­ten about my life ... which will prob­a­bly come out next year, I’m hy­per­ac­tive, I drive my wife crazy, I never stop,” he says.

He might not stop but there came a time when it seemed like Cold Chisel were fin­ished for good.

But the shock death of their drum­mer Steve Prestwich in 2011, less than two weeks af­ter he was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour, pushed the band back to­gether to re­lease their 2012 come­back stu­dio al­bum, No Plans – their first in 14 years.

“When he fin­ished, we thought we’d never play again. But the up­side of Steve dy­ing is that in the end it made us think ‘We took this for granted for so long, we want to play to­gether and we should have done more with Steve. Let’s not do the same with our­selves’ ,” Barnes says.

Since then, with the ad­di­tion of drum­mer Charley Dray­ton, the band have kept that prom­ise and are back with rock’n’roll al­bum The Per­fect Crime.

It makes sense they’ve re­vis­ited the mu­sic that first in­spired them.

“We gave our­selves a brief: we wanted to make a rock record and Don (Walker) says some­thing about want­ing to make a rock record like Lit­tle Richard and not like the Foo Fight­ers,” Barnes says.

“Where rock’n’roll evolved in the late 50s ... re­ally that’s what we’ve al­ways been in­flu­enced by.

“We were al­ways just try­ing to be more Jerry Lee Lewis than any­thing else. It’s the mu­sic we lis­ten to.”


Cold Chisel – with Jimmy Barnes (cen­tre) has made a new al­bum, The Per­fect Crime. It comes from not tak­ing their mu­sic and tal­ents for granted any­more.

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