Jimmy Barnes Announces First Ever Spoken Word Tour

Jimmy Barnes has always packed one of the most formidable sets of pipes around, but now the Aussie rock legend is getting ready to use them for something a little bit different.

Barnesy has just announced his first ever spoken word national tour, and it’s a big’un. Armed with his just-released self-penned childhood memoir Working Class Boy, the iconic Cold Chisel frontman will be hitting the road this November to flap his gums at a stack of regional and metropolitan theatre dates across the country.

Instead of tearing up Aussie stages with his vein-popping rawk wails, Barndawgs will be sharing personal stories from his troubled childhood and delinquent adolescence with fans, while delivering intimate musical performances of some key songs drawn from his earliest years.

“Just like the book, this live show will tell the story of an imperfect childhood that has led to me becoming an imperfect adult”, Barnes says.

“I spent most of my life running from my childhood and now it seems like my time to face it. So this is the story of a lifetime spent running away. Running from fear. Running from shame but at the same time running from hope. I’m not running anymore.”

On ya mate.

WORKING CLASS BOY: An Evening of Stories and Songs will visit 18 dates across Australia this November and December, in and around VIC, NSW, SA, QLD, WA and the ACT (sorry Tassie and NT fans, no dice this time).

The source material for Barnesy’s tour — his memoir Working Class Boy — will be released nationally as a hard-cover first edition by Harper Collins on Monday, 19th September. While tickets to its theatrical companion piece go on sale to the general public from 10am local times on the same day, with members of Jimmy’s mailing list getting exclusive early access to a limited quantity of seats.

The tour will also be drawing attention to the great work of the Luke Batty Foundation, with Barnesy encouraging everyone to support Australian of the Year Rosie Batty’s campaign to end family violence.

Catch all the dates and ticketing details below.

UPDATE 04/11/16: Jimmy Barnes has added a second show in Launceston, Tasmania after the first show sold out.

UPDATE 23/01/17: Jimmy Barnes has added a stack of new shows to his ‘Working Class Boy’ tour, throughout March and April. Updated tour details, below.

Watch: Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes – ‘WORKING CLASS BOY: An Evening of Stories and Songs’ Tour Dates

Tickets on sale now.

Tuesday, 15th November 2016

The Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts, Ballarat VIC

Tickets: WCPA

Thursday, 17th November 2016

Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool VIC

Tickets: Lighthouse Theatre

Friday, 18th November 2016

Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC

Tickets: Gotix

Saturday, 19th November 2016 – SOLD OUT

Regent Theatre, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Sunday, 20th November 2016 – SOLD OUT

West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul VIC

Tickets: WGAC

Friday, 25th November 2016

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide SA


Saturday, 26th November 2016

The Barossa Arts & Convention Centre, Barossa Valley SA

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Thursday, 1st December 2016

Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane QLD

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Friday, 2nd December 2016

Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, Gold Coast QLD

Tickets: Ticketek

Saturday, 3rd December 2016

Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW

Tickets: Saraton

Tuesday, 6th December 2016

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra, ACT

Tickets: Canberra Theatre Centre

Thursday, 8th December 2016

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Nowra NSW

Tickets: Shoalhaven Entertainment

Friday, 9th December 2016 – SOLD OUT

Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 10th December 2016

Sydney Opera House, Sydney NSW

Tickets: Sydney Opera House

Sunday, 11th December 2016 – SOLD OUT

Canberra Theatre Centre, Canberra ACT

Tickets: Canberra Theatre Centre

Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany WA

Tickets: Ticketek

Thursday, 15th December 2016

Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury WA

Tickets: Bunbury Entertainment

Friday, 16th December 2016

Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Saturday, 17th December 2016

Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton WA

Tickets: Queens Park Theatre

Friday, 3rd February 2017

Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart Tas

Tickets: tixtas

Saturday, 4th February 2017 – SOLD OUT

Country Club Showroom, Launceston Tas

Tickets: tixtas

Thursday, 2nd February 2017

Country Club Showroom, Launceston, Tas

Tickets: tixtas


Tickets on sale 2pm local time Tuesday, 31st January

Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Mackay Entertainment Centre, Mackay, Qld

Tickets: MECC

Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Qld

Tickets: Ticketlink

Thursday, 16th March 2017

Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Qld

Tickets: Ticketlink

Saturday, 18th March 2017

Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

Tickets: Darwin Entertainment Centre

Thursday, 23rd March 2017

Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 24th March 2017

Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith, NSW

Tickets: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, 25th March 2017

Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Tickets: Ticketek

Friday, 7th April 2017

Geelong Performance Arts Centre Playhouse, Geelong, Vic

Tickets: QPAC

Saturday, 8th April 2017

Regent Theatre, Melbourne, Vic

Tickets: Ticketmaster

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