Jimmy Barnes announces Hell of a Time national tour, festival shows following health scare

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Jimmy Barnes announces Hell of a Time national tour, festival shows following health scare

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Words by Staff Writer

The Aussie music legend will also perform at Bluesfest Byron Bay and the rescheduled shows of the Red Hot Summer Tour.

Rock legend Jimmy Barnes is set to make a triumphant return to the stage, announcing a series of tour dates after his recovery from open heart surgery late last year.

The iconic musician, known for his powerful voice and electrifying performances, was hospitalised on 27th November due to bacterial pneumonia. However, his condition worsened with the development of staphylococcal bacteraemia and subsequent endocarditis, necessitating urgent cardiac surgery on 13th December.

Despite the health scare, Barnes has shown remarkable resilience on his road to recovery. Taking to social media, he expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans, which he credits with lifting his spirits during a challenging time.

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“I’m getting stronger every day,” Barnes said. “I’m thrilled to get back on stage and play for you all. And what better way to kick it off than at the legendary Bluesfest Byron Bay?”

Indeed, Barnes will mark his return with a special performance at Bluesfest Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend, commemorating the 30th anniversary of his acclaimed album “Flesh and Wood.” The show promises to be a unique celebration, featuring both electric and acoustic renditions of tracks from the album, along with guest appearances from musical collaborators.

Byron Bay Bluesfest

  • Sunday, 31 March 2024 – Bluesfest Byron Bay, NSW
    30th Anniversary Flesh and Wood show

Red Hot Summer Tour

  • Saturday, 6 April 2024 – Roche Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
  • Saturday, 13 April 2024 – Country Club Lawns, Launceston TAS
  • Saturday, 27 April 2024 – Bendigo Racecourse, Bendigo VIC

Jimmy Barnes – Hell of a Time Tour

  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024 – Regal Theatre, Perth WA
  • Thursday, 13 June 2024 – Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah WA
  • Monday, 17 June 2024 – Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston VIC
  • Tuesday, 18 June 2024 – West Gippsland Arts Centre, Warragul VIC
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024 – Riverlinks Eastbank, Shepparton VIC
  • Saturday, 29 June 2024 – Wrest Point Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS
  • Thursday, 4 July 2024 – Barossa Arts Centre, Tanunda SA
  • Friday. 5 July 2024 – Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide SA
  • Tuesday, 6 August 2024 – The Art House, Wyong NSW
  • Thursday, 8 August 2024 – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD
  • Wednesday, 14 August 2024 – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
  • Friday, 16 August 2024 – Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
  • Sunday, 18 August 2024 – Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney NSW


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“Flesh and Wood,” Barnes’s seventh solo album, achieved critical and commercial success upon its release in 1993, earning triple platinum sales in Australia. The album featured collaborations with esteemed artists such as Joe Cocker, Diesel, and Ross Wilson, and produced several hit singles including “The Weight” and “You Can’t Make Love Without A Soul.”

Following his Bluesfest appearance, Barnes will headline the rescheduled shows of the Red Hot Summer Tour, joined by an impressive lineup of Australian bands. Additionally, he has announced a national regional theatre tour dubbed “Hell of a Time,” offering fans a more intimate experience with stripped-back performances and storytelling sessions.

The Hell of a Time Tour, scheduled for June, July, and August, is expected to sell out quickly, with tickets set to go on sale later this month. Furthermore, Bloodlines will release a limited edition sand-coloured vinyl reissue of “Flesh and Wood,” personally signed by Barnes, to commemorate the album’s 30th anniversary.

With his indomitable spirit and enduring talent, Jimmy Barnes continues to captivate audiences, proving that his passion for music knows no bounds. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this legendary performer in action as he embarks on his highly anticipated tour.

Tickets to the Hell of a Time tour go on sale at 10.00am local times on Monday, 19 February from here