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News: Jimmy Barnes announces ’30:30 Hindsight’ Australian tour

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(AUS) 30 years on and Jimmy Barnes is still rocking! To celebrate this extraordinary milestone as a solo artist, Jimmy has recorded 30:30 Hindsight, his 15th studio album, alongside announcing the second series of what will eventually be 30 tour dates across Australia.

In addition to his already announced A Day On The Green shows and special guest slot with the Rolling Stones in Adelaide, Jimmy Barnes will be travelling from Canberra, to Warragul, to Port Pirie and a whole bunch of towns in between.

Over his 40 year career, Barnes has gone on to become the Australian artist with the highest number of hit albums with 14 Top 40 Albums for Cold Chisel and 13 charting solo albums in Australia – not to mention nine number ones.

Jimmy Barnes’ tour announcement coincides with the release of a special anniversary album on 29 August 2014. The album titled 30:30 Hindsight (Liberation Music) revisits some of Barnes’ biggest hits, featuring collaborations with his favourite artists, including Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens. The new recordings are brilliantly complemented by the original hit versions selected from Jimmy’s lengthy and hugely successful solo career.

The first single released from the anniversary album is ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ featuring The Living End (click here to watch), the original version of which hit number one in 1990.

Barnes explains the thought process behind creating a collaborative album of his own tracks:

“I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary… There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a much better idea – I’ll get all my favourite artists and sing with them!”

Barnes’ 40 year career means he is no stranger to the stage, having recently shared the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Hanging Rock in Victoria and later on at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand. Aside from his own tour dates, Barnes will also be a special guest for The Rolling Stones on 25 October at Adelaide Oval as part of their massive ‘14 On Fire’ tour.

As successful as his body of studio work has proven so far, what the stats and official accolades don’t show, but everyone knows, is that Jimmy Barnes is primarily a primal live act. Along with all the hit records and anthemic songs, there’ve been literally thousands of live shows. And as the majority of us have witnessed firsthand, there’s nothing quite like experiencing Jimmy Barnes in concert. He never leaves anyone in any doubt of exactly who is, and always has been, the hardest working man in rock & roll. It’s what’s made Jimmy Barnes arguably the most revered and loved entertainer this country has produced (thank you, Scotland!).

The two time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee (with Cold Chisel in 1993 and as a solo artist in 2005) shows no signs of slowing down in 2014. The 30:30 Hindsight tour will see Jimmy Barnes performing in some of Australia’s most iconic rock venues doing what he loves – and does best. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 13 August, don’t miss out!

Visit www.jimmybarnes.com for tour dates.