Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Sat 11 Jul
Generally known for his definitive and unique rock voice, Jimmy Barnes introduced each song in his charming Scottish/Aussie lilt with an interesting mini bio of his life and musical career. Sometimes poignant, but mostly very funny, his chatter was entertaining and a wonderful insight to one of the best rock singers Australia has produced.
Each member of his family, including his older brother John Swan (much to the delight of the SA audience) were spotlighted with some tongue-in-cheek humour as well as much love and respect. Other people who were spoken of included the likes of Chris Bailey, Joe Cocker, Ross Wilson, Don Walker, Neil Finn and Diesel.
The exceptional string section and band consisted of Jackie Barnes on drums, Danny Spencer/Jimmy Metherell on guitars, Lachy Doley on keys, Chris Pearson on bass, Nikkie Dobosi/Danielle Bentley on cello, Rodney Wikstrom on violin and Georgina Price on viola. The band and strings were beautifully backed by the technically excellent vocals of Jane, EJ and Elly-May Barnes along with the experienced and refined voices of Shauna Jensen and Tina Harrod. All this, on the almost dream-like stage setting, was set off perfectly with superb lighting and sound. The feel of the evening was class.
Jimmy introduced several guest performers who had played an important part in his life and career. Other than his immediate family, Shauna and Tina each gave us a stunning performance and, last but not least, we were treated to a special surprise for the Adelaide audience. Tim Prestwich, being the brother of the equally talented late Steve Prestwich (Cold Chisel drummer), shared the stage with Jimmy and Elly-May with an outstanding rendition of When The War Is Over, written by Steve himself and made famous through Cold Chisel. This brought a few tears to many eyes and the audience were on their feet and applauding well before it was over.
The standing ovation at the end of the show was truly well deserved. Elegance and sophistication are not words one would normally use to describe Jimmy Barnes, however the Flesh & Wood Tour shows that this man, his family and his friends can produce music for all tastes… and so well.
Treat yourself to something special. http://www.frontiertouring.com/jimmybarnes
Words and Image courtesy of Michelle Dini