Today, Jimmy Barnes releases his highly anticipated 20th studio album, Flesh And Blood.
To celebrate the release of Flesh And Blood, fans are invited to join Jimmy and his wife Jane, together with members of their family, for a unique online album launch this Saturday night. The event will see the ever-revolving cast of “The Jane Barnes Band” take half a dozen songs from Flesh And Blood and strip them back for intimate live performances around the family piano. The free live stream will be a special extension of the regular at-home performances by Jimmy and Jane (performing as “The Jane Barnes Band”) over the past 15 months, which have attracted more than 100 million views. Some highlights from these previous performances feature on a bonus DVD with the deluxe version of Flesh & Blood so it’s a particularly apt way to launch the album. The free live-stream will kick off at 6:30pm AEST on Jimmy Barnes’ Facebook.
Recorded with his extended family, the theme of family is evident throughout the album. The title track lead single, which has been smashed by rock radio across the country, is written about “seeing the best and worst of me” in his own children. The next single ‘Around In Circles’ is “about trying to make sense of all the bad things that you’ve done,” Jimmy explains.
All ten songs on Flesh And Blood feature multiple contributions from the Barnes clan. Jimmy’s wife Jane duets with him, their son Jackie plays drums, daughters Mahalia, Eliza-Jane and Elly-May all contribute vocals, as does Jackie and Jimmy’s granddaughter, Tyra Harrison. Son-in-law Benjamin Rodgers engineered the album, played bass and collaborated with Jimmy’s nephew, renowned photographer Jesse Lizotte, on the striking album cover.
Although Flesh And Blood is a quasi-sequel to 1993’s Flesh And Wood, it typically in-your-face on many levels. Jimmy told the Herald Sun’s Cameron Adams, “I did write the songs on acoustic guitar, and I don’t know if it was something to do with the times we live in but it’s become the most aggressive acoustic record ever made. The loudest acoustic album of all time,” he says with a grin.
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The Australian Flesh And Blood Tour will now kick off in Queensland on Thursday 2 September at Brisbane’s Convention & Exhibition Centre and close in Perth at the Riverside Theatre on Wednesday 22 September, full list of rescheduled dates below.
Thursday 2 September, Convention & Exhibition Centre
Friday 3 September, The Star, Gold Coast (Previously Convention & Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast)
Wednesday 8 September SOLD OUT, State Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 9 September, State Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 11 September SOLD OUT, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday 12 September, Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Saturday 18 September SOLD OUT, Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Sunday 19 September, Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 22 September, Riverside Theatre, Perth
Tickets for the original performances will be valid for the rescheduled dates without taking further action. Patrons unable to attend new show dates may obtain a full refund. Refund requests must be submitted prior to Friday 30 July 2021.