Barnes to rock back into Riwaka
Music legend Jimmy Barnes tours New Zealand this summer, rocking and rolling to the Riwaka Hotel early in the new year.
The Cold Chisel lead singer is supported by Kiwi diva Gin Wigmore and Wellington crowd pleasers The Thomas Oliver Band during a six-show tour, which stops in Riwaka on January 3.
Barnes admits he has a soft spot for New Zealand, which has kept him coming back for more than eight summer holidays here.
"I keep running into all these Kiwis in Australia and wonder what the hell they are doing there - New Zealand is paradise," Barnes said.
Lately the rock star has been teaching contemporary music, poetry and Spanish at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Gin Wigmore has been nominated for four New Zealand music awards this year.
"I look forward to seeing Jimmy Barnes in action and take a few tips from a true master of music," Wigmore said.
Rounding off the set is the T.O.B., lauded for their sleek instrumentation and soulful, age-defying sound.
Riwaka Hotel manager Glen Anderson said Barnes sold out the venue last year, but they are hoping for better weather this time.
Tickets for the January 3 show go on sale on Monday at Everyman Records, the Riwaka Hotel and online.
Mr Anderson said there would be gate sales if needed, but he expected the 2500-person venue would sell out.
The hotel hosts five concerts over the summer, with Shihad bringing in the new year.
- The Marlborough Express