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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