Rocker Jimmy Barnes nar­rowly es­capes Bangkok bomb

The China Post - - LIFE GUIDE POST -

Aus­tralian rocker Jimmy Barnes re­vealed Tues­day he nar­rowly es­caped a bomb that ex­ploded out­side a re­li­gious shrine in Bangkok, with a last minute change of route likely sav­ing his life.

Barnes, who as lead singer of Cold Chisel belts out songs such as “Work­ing Class Man” and “Khe Sanh,” was in the Thai cap­i­tal with his Thai-Aus­tralian wife and other fam­ily mem­bers, in­clud­ing his daugh­ter and grand­son.

They ini­tially planned to walk past the street­side Erawan Shrine to a din­ner venue but in­stead de­cided to use an over- head walk­way as it would be eas­ier with the baby car­riage they were push­ing.

The bomb ex­ploded Mon­day barely 50 me­ters away as they were on the walk­way, killing at least 21 peo­ple and in­jur­ing more than 120 oth­ers in an at­tack author­i­ties said tar­geted for­eign­ers.

“I had the pram with the grand­son ... walk­ing past the shrine would have been very dif­fi­cult be­cause it’s a bumpy road. So I said to the kids ‘fol­low me, I’ll take you this other way,’” Barnes told Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press.

“We were lit­er­ally walk­ing be­tween two build­ings on the walk­way when the bomb went off. It was just fright­en­ing.”

The Cold Chisel front­man, one of the most pop­u­lar and best-selling Aus­tralian mu­sic artists of all time, added that: “I knew it was a bomb straight away.”

Barnes is now try­ing to or­ga­nize flights so his fam­ily can re­turn to Aus­tralia as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I was com­ing back to put out this record so it all sort of pales into in­signif­i­cance re­ally. I just want to get my fam­ily home in one piece,” he said.

No Aus­tralians have so far been ei­ther con­firmed dead or in­jured.

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