Jimmy Barnes to tour New Zealand

Last updated 05:00 23/08/2010
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ROCK AND ROLL ICON: Australian rock royalty Jimmy Barnes is back with a new album and a new lease of life.

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Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes is heading back to New Zealand on tour in December.

Barnes will play five concerts across New Zealand December 26-31.

The former Cold Chisel frontman is gearing up to release his new album Rage and Ruin, which sees him return to his rock and roll roots.

"Barnesy", as he is known to his legions of fans, told stuff.co.nz that he wrote the bulk of the album's lyrics ten years ago when he was in a "dark place".

"A lot of the lyrics are very personal. My battle at the time, my road to rage and ruin, was drugs and alcohol. But everybody has their own different battles with different things and I think people will relate to it, not on a direct lyrical level but on a emotional level.”

The first single off the album is the raw, energetic Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead.

For many of the songs on the album, Barnes went "back to school", enlisting the help of Mark Simos, a professor of song writing at Berklee College of Music.

"I took song writing lessons from a professor. He showed me different ways of writing a lyric without losing the crux of what you’re trying to say.” Barnes says.

"It was like going to school while you were at work, so it was really cool."

Another song on the album, Largs Pier Hotel, is an ode to his Cold Chisel days.

"It was something that had to be written for me to let it out - to let it go and acknowledge it. It sets me in a good place now to move on to my next stage of writing and my next stage of recording and stuff.”

And he says he can't wait to get out on the road and share the album with his fans.

"We’re coming out on December the 26th through to the 31st and I think some of the shows we’ll have all three kids singing." Barnes says.

Barnes is talking about his daughters, Elly May, Mahalia and Eliza Jane.

"Eliza Jane has been doing a couple of things with Barb - her band with Liam Finn - so I don’t know if she can do all the gigs. She might get a couple in."

"It’s really rewarding as a father to see them develop and get better." Barnes says with obvious pride.

The Rock n Roll Tour of Summer will head to Mt Maunganui, Oakura, Mangawhai, Coroglen and Waihi on the North Island.

Rage and Ruin is in stores now.

Tour dates:

Brewer's Field, Mt Maunganui Sunday December 26 (Boxing Day)
Butlers Reef, Oakura Monday December 27
Mangawhai Tavern, Mangawhai Wednesday December 29
Coroglen Tavern, Coroglen Thursday December 30
Waihi Beach Hotel, Waihi Friday December 31 (New Years Eve)

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Tickets go on sale October 21 from Ticketmaster and venues.

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