Interview: Jimmy Barnes On Revisting His Songs With His Favourite Bands

It’s no surprise really that Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes “didn’t have to convince anybody” to appear with him on his latest collaborative studio effort, 30:30 Hindsight because when you get a call from the king of Aussie rock to help him revisit some of his biggest hits, you answer it.

Barnsey too though says he was eager to get in the studio with some of his favourite artists. “The record company actually suggested a tribute album and I said, ‘why would I want to get all my favourite bands and my mates [together] and not sing with them?’,” he explains. “If The Living End is coming to do my song, I want to be singing with them.”

Other collaborators include Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, Jon Stevens and Shihad. Barnes says choosing the tracklist was a collaborative effort as well. “There were certain songs I wanted to use to punctuate the career and just to hear fresh versions of,” he says. “I couldn’t wait to hear Shihad do Love And Hate, because they’re one of my favourite bands and I really wanted that song to be brutal since I recorded it and I couldn’t think of a better band to brutalise it.”

30:30 Hindsight is available from Friday, 29th August and Barnes will be taking it on the road later this year. Check out all the tour dates here.

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