JIMMY Barnes is a bit of everything for everyone. A rhythm and blues man, soul man, front man, father, brother, son, grandfather, friend... hero.
But to his army of fans, he will always be a rock singer. Indeed, the most recognisable rock singer this country has produced.
With his suit neatly packed away, 'Barnesy' has slipped back into some denim and a tee with no alterations required. He's stomping around like a caged warrior and letting rip with a new album titled Rage And Ruin, a collection of songs that rock in all the right places or roll smoothly with a couple of ballads gently tugging at the heartstrings.
So where does all the rage and ruin come from? Barnesy's "book of life", that's where, and he means that quite literally.
"One of the album's songs is called I've Seen It All (Rage & Ruin), which starts with the line, 'As I look back on my days of rage and ruin...'. And basically most of the lyrics on this album came from a book I've had all my life which has lyrics, phrases and notes I've penned over the years from when I'd get inspired to write something, Barnes explains. "A lot of the lyrics come from that book, which is mainly from around the time I was in my own rage and ruin, when I was hitting it pretty hard, drinking hard etc."
But with time comes wisdom, and Barnes has been able to look back on that material with a new angle and much clearer perspective.
"It was about looking back on my days of rage and ruin, but having the benefit of 20-20 hindsight to get through it," he explains. "So although the lyrics are fairly dark and meaningful, they're also very positive.
That's the crux of what this whole album is about."
RAGE AND RUIN
Performing at the Function Centre
NEW DATE - Sunday 22nd May, 2011
Doors Open: 7.30pm
Standing Show. Ages 18+
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Performing at the Function Centre, Caloundra
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