Thu 03 May, 2018Centennial Hall (Sydney Town Hall), Sydney - 18+*
Sun 20 May, 2018Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin - 18+*
Tue 22 May, 2018Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns - 18+*
Wed 23 May, 2018Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns - 18+*
Fri 25 May, 2018Townsville Entertainment Convention Centre, Townsville - 18+*
Sat 26 May, 2018Plenary Halls MECC, Mackay - 18+*
Sun 27 May, 2018Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton - 18+*
Tue 29 May, 2018Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra - 18+*
Wed 30 May, 2018Saraton Theatre, Grafton - 18+*
Fri 01 Jun, 2018Joan Sutherland PAC (Richard Bonynge Concert Hall), Penrith - 18+*
Sat 02 Jun, 2018Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood - 18+*
Wed 06 Jun, 2018Civic Theatre, Newcastle - 18+*
Sat 09 Jun, 2018Palais Theatre, Melbourne - 18+*
Sun 10 Jun, 2018Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide - 18+


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JIMMY BARNES announces final Sydney plus Penrith and Chatswood Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs shows

09 Feb 2018

JIMMY BARNES announces 'Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs' national tour

13 Oct 2017

Working Class Man:
 An Evening of Stories & Songs 
National Tour

Jimmy Barnes’ highly anticipated new memoir Working Class Man will be accompanied by a special national tour. 

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs will be the sequel to the acclaimed and hugely successful live show Jimmy performed alongside his first bestselling memoir - Working Class Boy. Like that previous production, this new tour will see Jimmy telling his life story and singing stripped back versions of songs that have shaped his journey. However, unlike its predecessor, this live show - and book - will cover the Oz rock icon's entire adult life, revealing the successes and excesses of Australia's greatest rock ’n roll story.

In Working Class Boy, Jimmy revealed the previously untold details of a profoundly troubled childhood. That memoir - which he wrote entirely on his own - won the ABIA Award as the Best Biography of 2016. It was also the country’s #1 selling non-fiction title last year with sales now topping 150,000 copies. The harrowing companion piece Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs was performed over 40 Times in Australia and New Zealand and its staging at the Sydney Opera House won him both a Sydney Theatre Award and a Helpmann Award nomination.

The new Working Class Man live show and book - again both written by Jimmy - begin in 1974 as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old bread truck with a then unknown rock group called Cold Chisel. They trace the legendary band’s long climb to the top and their subsequent implosion. The story then picks up as Jimmy carves out a new solo career for himself. He becomes the country’s biggest rock star before drugs and alcohol bring him to his knees and he eventually rebuilds his life thanks to the love of his wife and his family. It’s a spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction.

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs is presented by Triple M and MAX. The tour will also help promote the good work of Lifeline ( as Jimmy will be drawing further attention to the issues of addiction and mental health in both his new book and live show. As he says in the preface to Working Class Man:

“In book one I faced the damage that a broken home and a broken heart can bring. In book two I face the impact that a childhood like mine can have on a man. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming anyone for any of this. We all do the best with what we have. But in book two the blame rests squarely on my shoulders, and until I work a lot of things out I carry a lot of baggage around with me ...

I have done a lot of great things. I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends. But there were many times, dark times, that I almost let it all slip through my fingers. In the end I asked for help. I used to think that if someone asked for help they were weak. But the toughest thing I ever did was reach out and ask for help. And that was when I started to heal."

What the critics said about Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories & Songs:

“A powerful, deeply emotional and transformative production” – The Daily Telegraph

“A sophisticated and very moving piece of storytelling” – The Daily Review

“… anyone seeking an emotional, dark, funny, exciting theatrical event — and a powerful singer still in great voice — will be thrilled” – Sunday Mail SA

“You know you’ve been to a pretty good gig when the songs of your youth are redefined. That is just what this old Cold Chisel fan is feeling right now after spending a wonderful 150 minutes listening to Australian rock great Jimmy Barnes tell his life story with yarns and song” – The West Australian

To coincide with the soon-to-be bestselling book of the same name, Bloodlines/Mushroom will release a limited edition, commemorative version of one of the greatest Australian rock albums of all time, For The Working Class Man on 20 October 2017.

Tour Dates

Thu 15 Mar – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Fri 16 Mar – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Sat 17 Mar – Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Sun 18 Mar – Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
Wed 21 Mar – Entertainment Centre, Devonport TAS
Thu 22 Mar – Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
Fri 23 Mar – Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
Sat 24 Mar – Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS
Thu 5 Apr – Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Mudgee NSW
Fri 6 Apr – Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
Sat 7 Apr – Bathurst Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW
Tue 10 Apr – Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane QLD
Thu 12 Apr – Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane QLD
Fri 13 Apr – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD
Sat 14 Apr – The Star, Gold Coast QLD
Wed 18 Apr – Bunbury Regional Ent. Centre, Bunbury WA
Thu 19 Apr – Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
Sat 21 Apr – Keith Mitchell Theatre, Port Pirie SA
Sun 22 Apr – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
Thu 26 Apr – Frankston Arts Centre Theatre, Frankston VIC
Fri 27 Apr – Costa Hall GPAC, Geelong VIC
Sat 28 Apr – Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Sun 29 Apr – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC
Wed 2 May – Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
Thu 3 May – Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
Sun 20 May – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
Tue 22 May – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Wed 23 May – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
Fri 25 May – Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville QLD
Sat 26 May – Plenary Halls, Ent. & Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
Sun 27 May – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD
Tue 29 May – Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra QLD
Wed 30 May – Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW
Fri 1 Jun – Joan Sutherland PAC, Penrith NSW
Sat 2 Jun – Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood NSW
Wed 6 Jun – Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
Sat 9 Jun – Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Sun 10 Jun – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA

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