The Courier-Mail



WITH no plans of slowing down Australian rock icon Jimmy Barnes will soon release his newest album and perform for Sunshine Coast fans all in the same month.

As one of the first acts ever to perform on the Red Hot Summer Tour in 2011, Barnesy will again headline the music event, stopping in at Bribie Island’s Sandstone Point Hotel on May 1 and 8.

Touring since 1973, Barnes said performing was a part of his life. “I just love it, I don’t see myself stopping, I don’t want to be doing it if I can’t deliver, but as long as I can sing well, I can have a great time and bring joy to people and people want to see me I don’t see any stopping,” he said.

“I don’t do this because I have to, I do it because I love doing it. The best part about my job is I get to sing in front of people live, that’s where the best work is done, so I think I’ll continue for as long as I can.”

Barnes said he would also be releasing Flesh and Blood, a sequel to his 1993’s acoustic release Flesh and Wood in

May. “The Flesh and Blood album is just about done, I’ve got two days to finish that so that will be coming out in May, but the single will be out in March,” he said. The rock and roll record will include new songs written by Barnes, Neil Finn and Don Walker.

It seems Barnesy is determined to make 2021, the 30th anniversar­y of his Soul Deep album, a fruitful year by writing a fiction novel, a kids’ book, a cookbook with wife Jane and recording a rockabilly album with Chris Cheney of the Living End and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats.

“Who knows what I’ll try next … I think I’ll keep pushing the boundaries and find new things that stimulate me and excite me and I’m not going to be good at them all but I’ll have a go at everything just to keep life exciting,” he said. “I’m sort of hyperactiv­e, I just always love trying different things and I’m not afraid to jump in the deep end. I’m one of those people that lives to push the boundaries and I don’t want to just do one thing.”

 ??  ?? Jimmy Barnes will play at Seppeltsfi­eld at the weekend. Picture: Daniel Boud
Jimmy Barnes will play at Seppeltsfi­eld at the weekend. Picture: Daniel Boud

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