Wow! What a night! What a show! Hard to believe that one of Jimmy Barnes classic and iconic albums Soul Deep is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. Just that thought alone definitely makes me feel a bit older but brings back a lot of good memories when that album came out and some of the awesome sixties trailblazing gems on it which were given the Barnies touch up. The album which has been reimagined to commemorate the anniversary (awesome package by the way) has gone ten times platinum alone in Australia selling a million copies proving to be his most successful and highest selling album ever, incredible!
We have been treated to a number of awesome tours and shows this year, hooray for live music being back in a big way, but this one is really something else and next level. If you’re contemplating going, do it, it is a fantastic night out. Ms Murphy (aka Karen Lee Andrews) is an incredible performer and I can see why Jimmy wants her singing in his band. Just stunning and such an awesome voice making all the erratic driving to get there on time worthwhile.
The show is largely a family affair and one of the shining lights is Mahalia Barnes is was a constant all night whether that was with her band The Soul Mates or singing with her brother David Campbell and later with her father. Great set and it would be great to see Mahalia on her own at some stage. Her passion for singing and performing is fantastic to watch.
David Campbell played a short fired, turbo charged thirty minute set which well and truly warmed the stage. Kicking off with Keep On Running, Campbell remarked that it was a ‘great time for a family reunion’ before rocking his way through Baby I Can’t Let You Go and Yeah Yeah. In jest Campbell said it was great to be part of the Cabaret Festival. With a shout out to the northern suburbs with Smoke Gets In Your Eyes it was the Johnny O’Keefe vibes She’s My Baby that got the crowd going. Keeping the intensity going in Devil In The Blue Dress which morphed in to Good Golly Miss Molly Campbell got the crowd going one last time with Shout.
As the curtain rose the crowd went nuts for hometown hero Jimmy Barnes. The staging was fantastic recreating all the glitz and glamour of that soul period as they roared their way through Hold On, I’m Coming. The great thing about this show is that the music connects and resonates with all music lovers on some level, familiar enough to sing to and even dance to as well. Money and (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher were fantastic. Barnesie couldn’t be any more prouder of the fact that he was performing with his family in his home town even suggesting that son David ‘had some left in the tank’ and that he wasn’t finished getting him to join in on Do You Love Me which also featured a cameo from wife Jane Barnes.
Barnesies spoke often about his love for these songs and that they were all his favourites and each one was approach with much gusto and intensity. One thing for sure is that Barnesie always gives more than a hundred percent. Guitarist and singer Michael Paynter was a littler nervous with Barnesie telling him to ‘shake it off’ before lending a hand on Soothe Me. There are so many awesome tunes in this set list it took nearly two hours to cover most of them. Favourites for me included the likes of What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, Mustang Sally and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (which featured the marvellous Jade MacRae).
I really love the grunt that Barnesie brings to I Gotcha and he does such a great job of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, In The Midnight Hour and 634-5789. Wowsers Land Of 1000 Dances was good with the main set ending on River Deep Mountain High. Adelaide simply couldn’t get enough with two encores and I’m pretty he could of kept playing. What a treasure trove of awesome to finish with Stagger Lee, Chain Of Fools, Shake Rattle & Roll, To Love Somebody finishing on the smoking Red Hot. Fantastic show, go and see it, buy Soul Deep 30! Fantastic! Fingers crossed for an encore tour.
Live Review By Rob Lyon