One thing is for sure is that when Jimmy Barnes plays a show he really does play a show. He gives everything and a whole lot more, leaving nothing in the tank. For Barnes Adelaide will always hold a special place in his heart and his loyal fans keep coming out in bigger numbers each tour. This night was no exception playing in the main arena at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
Celebrating another successful solo record My Criminal Record this tour is a real family affair with wife Jane, daughters Mahalia, Eliza-Jane and Elly-May on backing vocals and son Jackie Barnes on drums (this guy can seriously play) as well as son in law Ben Rodgers on guitar
Not doing anything by halves Adelaide was treated to two awesome support acts. Karen Lee Andrews is a superstar talent with a future full of promise and a case of where has she been hiding. Fingers crossed that this opportunity raises her profile so she can return to Adelaide in the future. Karen’s set featured her brand new EP Far From Paradise which is well worth a listen.
Jet! OMG! I have seen every performance by Jet in Adelaide and I reckon this one tops the list. With a tough week behind them with Chris Cester recovering from a short stay in hospital and replaced by Shan Vanderwert stepping in making it look and sound seamless. The attentive crowd were treated to a bevy of classic Jet tunes including the likes of Rollover DJ, She’s A Genius, Get Me Outta Here and awoken on Are You Gonna Be My Girl? Even front man Nic Cester encouraged fans to get their phones out for that one. Cold Hard Bitch and Rip It Up closed off their set and hats off to the old chap they brought not only the fashion but the dance moves to the stage.
The lights went dark and out of the shadows Jimmy Barnes emerged to the intro of timeless hit Driving Wheels. Jimmy owned the stage working every inch and lapping up the adulation of his fans. Barnes said the show would be something old, something new, some Chisel and a whole heap more. There’s so much energy, passion and intensity in his performance. With a massive set list ahead songs followed in quick succession with I’m In A Bad Mood, Stolen Car (The Road’s On Fire), Ride The Night Away and the epic Khe Sanh. Oh boy, this was panning out to be something quite incredible.
Barnes said it was great to be back in Adelaide supporting his new album and suggesting, albeit cheekily, that his criminal record isn’t that long playing the title track. Lay Down Your Guns was a flash back to 1991 and one of my favs. Barnes spoke of all the cool blues bands to come out of Adelaide prompting Too Much Ain’t Enough Love as their blues tune. Mahalia was awesome on lead backing vocals.
Barnes spoke about how his wife Jane approached song writing with a piece of paper on a clipboard folder prompting the great man to say “that’s not how you write a fucking song” to which she responded “well that’s how I do”. So it was no surprise that Lover Lover ended up being a big hit single for both of them. Barnes followed up saying that when I write songs they’re not pretty.
Money And Class was all about a tough life, poverty and being exposed to violence routinely in Glasgow and later in Elizabeth, South Australia. Barnes posed the question that you’d think that fifty to sixty years later it would change and the fact it hasn’t is the real crime. The John Lennon cover Working Class Hero was brilliant and was the Chris Cheney (The Living End) penned tune I Won’t Let You Down. Cheney told Barnes that this song reminded him of both Jimmy and Jane.
Moments don’t get any better than Flame Trees, the crowd in fine voice and no doubt in fifty years time this song will still resonate with the masses. Even Barnes commented on how well the crowd sung. Shutting Down Our Town was penned by Troy Cassar-Daly about the impact of shutting Holden’s has had on the local economy. The hit machine spawned I’d Die To With You Tonight, Ain’t No Second Prize and Working Class Man to finish the main set.
Returning for an encore Barnes said that every night felt like a Saturday night and normally they would smash out an encore but they had more time tonight… even though it was a Sunday night which drew some ironic cheers. New tune Stargazer featured and Good Times with Nic Cester was a real highlight. The Bob Dylan cover Seven Days was a great addition as was Love & Hate off Love And Fear. All good things must come to and end and Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye) seemed a great way to send people home after experiencing a really great show.
Live Review By Rob Lyon