Jimmy Barnes is Australia’s working class man. He’s a rock ‘n’ roll legend, twice inducted into the ARIA Corridor of Fame, his unmistakable vocals blended into the material of Australian society. He’s additionally a survivor.
Barnes documented his decades-long battles with drink and medicines in his award-winning 2017 memoir Working Class Man, the sequel to Working Class Boy, from 2016. It’s a watch popping account of a tough life, lived onerous.
In it, Barnes particulars his rise, his descent, his brush with loss of life. His restoration. It’s a surprise the Scotland-born singer is upright right this moment to proceed telling his story. However he’s not simply sharing tales, he’s setting lofty new requirements.
On the weekend, Barnes made historical past together with his new report My Legal File, which bowed on the summit of the ARIA Albums Chart, marking his 12th solo No. 1 and 16th total, together with the 4 he landed on the high together with his iconic rock group, Chilly Chisel.
For the reason that official charts had been launched in 1983, no different artist has bagged as many No. 1s as Barnesy, as he’s recognized in these elements. Not even Madonna, or U2 (with 11 every).
“Mate, it’s pretty bloody good. It’s pretty special,” he tells Billboard. “It’s pretty amazing for a start that I’m still here and to still be making music and connecting with people is incredible. The fact it’s gone to No. 1 is a real bonus. More importantly it’s the fact that we’re still telling stories, still getting airtime, we’re still making music after all these years, and that is worth celebrating. I don’t take it lightly, it’s really incredible.”
My Legal File, launched May 31 by way of Bloodlines, a label of Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group, is the veteran rocker’s first new set of authentic materials in nearly a decade (the final, Rage And Destroy, peaked at No. three in September 2010). Kevin Shirley produced the LP, which has its roots in Barnes’ absorbing autobiographies and was co-written with Chilly Chisel keyboardist Don Walker.
Barnes laughs when he’s reminded of his muted celebration when, in 2014, he was recovering from again surgical procedure as his covers album 30:30 Hindsight hit the highest slot. “Well, I’m a lot healthier these days. I get the odd pain here and there because I work hard.”
Lately, Barnes lives the great life. The 63-year-old is eager on gardening, consuming proper and spending time with household at their getaway within the New South Wales Southern Highlands. As he chats over the cellphone, he spots platypus swimming within the Wingecarribee River.
“Life is good,” he confesses, “but you know what…I don’t think I’ve peaked. As opposed to this being the peak of something it’s just the start of a new journey. I honestly believe my best work is still to come. And I can feel this is a good launching paid.”