The borders are open and our favourite Aussie is coming back! The Breeze Presents Jimmy Barnes on his Flesh and Blood Tour.
It would take more than a mere global pandemic to stop Jimmy Barnes. While most of us spent 2020 bingewatching TV shows, Jimmy and his wife Jane entertained the world with daily ‘at home’ performances that attracted more than 100 million views on social media. The Australian rock icon also used 2020’s COVID lockdowns to learn the bagpipes, release a non-fiction book, start work on a novel and help Jane create a forthcoming recipe collection. Plus he somehow found time to write and record a new album with his loved ones that’s aptly titled, Flesh And Blood.
Flesh And Blood will be released on 2 July and is the twentieth studio album by Jimmy Barnes. Less than a week after release, Jimmy will be bringing his eight piece band made up mostly of his family to New Zealand for a three date tour.
Beginning at the newly refurbished Christchurch Town Hall on Wed 7 July, then playing the iconic Civic in Auckland on Fri 9 July before wrapping up with a bang at Wellington’s TSB Arena on Saturday 10th July, this will be the first international dates Jimmy has played since the beginning of 2020.
“It’s great to be back playing live again”, says Jimmy. “It was good to get some downtime at home for a change but now we’re hungry to get back onstage together. If 2020 taught me anything it’s that Facebook and YouTube videos can be fun but they’re no substitute for a real gig.”
The ten songs on Flesh And Blood feature multiple contributions from Jimmy’s extended family. His son Jackie plays drums, his daughters Mahalia, Eliza-Jane and Elly-May all contribute vocals, as does Jackie and granddaughter, Tyra Harrison. His son-in-law, Ben Rodgers, engineered the album, played bass and collaborated with Jimmy’s nephew, renowned photographer Jesse Lizotte, on the album cover, plus he and Jane also duet together on the American classic Love Hurts.
Jimmy debuted the title track from Flesh And Blood at the State Memorial Service for his close mate, Michael Gudinski: “Michael’s loss really hit us hard. Everything he did was about family one way or another which is probably why he liked that song (Flesh and Blood) so much. I’m dedicating this record to his memory.”
Wednesday 7 July
Christchurch Town Hall | Christchurch, NZ
Friday 9 July
Civic Theatre | Auckland, NZ
Saturday 10 July
TSB Arena | Wellington, NZ