He’s the gravel-voiced rocker whose tunes com­plete any pub playlist, but there’s a softer side to Jimmy Barnes that may sur­prise you

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - SAM KEL­TON

He may be known as the front­man for one of Aus­tralia’s great­est rock bands, but with four al­bums and four tours of soul un­der his belt, there’s no other way to put it. Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes is sim­ply full of it – soul that is.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of soul mu­sic I love but there’s a lot of it still out there,” he says.

“I’ve only scraped the sur­face of soul mu­sic. I’m a rock’n’roll singer but I love soul mu­sic, so I have the lux­ury of just com­ing in and pick­ing the songs I would like to sing and also ones that peo­ple love and this re­ally cap­tures their (the crowd’s) at­ten­tion.”

Barnes says soul has been a huge part of his mu­si­cal life, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing his younger years be­fore he changed the face of Aus­tralian rock with his Cold Chisel band mates.

“As a young fella in Adelaide, my par­ents played a lot of soul and black mu­sic like Ray Charles and Nat King Cole,” he ex­plains. “My brother John was play­ing soul mu­sic but it wasn’t ‘til I turned about 12 that I joined a rock band.”

It’s never too long be­tween drinks for Barnes, with the grav­elly voiced singer grac­ing stages around the coun­try as of­ten as he can – and this week he’ll be per­form­ing at Jupiters Gold Coast.

“This is a much dif­fer­ent show be­cause it’s a soul tour –

Jimmy Barnes says the songs from his new soul tour have a spe­cial place in his heart.

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