Jimmy Barnes is previewing five new songs from his upcoming ‘My Criminal Record’ album. Based on audience reaction on the Red Hot Summer tour, he has another number one album on the way.
For those of you who saw the spoken word ‘Working Class Man’ tour of 2018, you’ll know how much Jimmy cherishes that number one debut … (ie: Its not what he ever aims for). Well Jimmy, you’re about to get another one whether you like it or not ☺
‘Working Class Boy’ and ‘Working Class Man’ exorcised Jimmy’s demons. ‘My Criminal Record’ has cleared his head and refocused him on what he does best … making great rock and roll.
The newly calibrated Barnes kicks into high gear immediately with the new song ‘I’m In A Bad Mood’. Later in the set the Don Walker penned ‘My Criminal Record’ is classic Chisel ’19 Barnes solo style. Chris Cheney has astro-travelled out of The Living End to create ‘I Won’t Let You Down’, a song perfectly designed for Barnes and band. ‘Shutting Down Our Town’, a song about the Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth where Jimmy grew up, conjures up the same hometown sentiment as the more sombre ‘Largs Pier Hotel’ from the last Barnes album of original material ‘Rage and Ruin’ almost nine years ago.
The musical turn-around at this show isn’t even told in a Barnes song. The fury of Lennon’s ‘Working Class Man’ is the emotional cleanser that bridges the exit for the ghost of Barnes past to rejoin the present.
There are so few great rock bands since Chisel. The exception is The Living End (circa 1994-present) who may just very well be Australia’s last great rock band. It is fitting that Chris Cheney and Jimmy Barnes crossover on this record.
‘My Criminal Record’ is one great album we can look forward to in 2019. It arrives May, 2019. You can pre-order your copy at the Red Hot Summer merch tent and get an autographed Jimmy poster there on the spot.
Jimmy Barnes setlist, Red Hot Summer, Mornington, 20 January 2019
I’m In A Bad Mood (from My Criminal Record, 2019)
I’d Die To Be With You Tonight (from For The Working Class Man, 1985)
Right The Night Away (from For The Working Class Man, 1985)
You Got Nothing I Want (from Cold Chisel, Circus Animals, 1982)
Love Is Enough (from Two Fires, 1990)
Stone Cold (from Flesh & Wood, 1993)
My Criminal Record (from My Criminal Record, 2019)
Lay Down Your Guns (from Two Fires, 1990)
I Won’t Let You Down (from My Criminal Record, 2019)
No Second Prize (from Bodyswerve, 1984)
Love and Hate (from Love and Fear, 1999)
Working Class Hero (John Lennon cover) (from My Criminal Record, 2019)
Flame Trees (from Cold Chisel, Twentieth Century, 1984)
Shutting Down Our Town (from My Criminal Record, 2019)
Khe Sanh (from Cold Chisel, Cold Chisel, 1978)
Working Class Man (from For The Working Class Man, 1985)
Driving Wheels (from Freight Train Heart, 1987)
Do Or Die (from Freight Train Heart, 1987)
Red Hot Summer Series One remaining dates
Jan 12 Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum SA
Jan 13 Sandalford Wines, Swan Valley WA
Jan 19 and 20 Mornington Racecourse, Mornington VIC
Jan 26 Country Club Lawns, Launceston TAS
Jan 27 North Gardens, Ballarat VIC
Feb 3 Bella Vista Farm, Sydney NSW
Feb 9 Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island QLD
Jan 20 Mornington Racecourse, Mornington VIC
Feb 2 Roche Estate, Hunter Valley NSW
Feb 10 Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island
Red Hot Summer series one features Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton, Chocolate Starfish.