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Jimmy Barnes announces unique ‘Stories And Songs’ Tour

Jimmy Barnes Announces Unique ‘Stories And Songs’ Tour Based on Self-Penned Childhood Memoir “Working Class Boy”

It's a week of firsts for Jimmy Barnes. Not only is the Australian rock icon releasing his first ever book, he’s also announcing his first ever ‘spoken word’ tour throughout New Zealand in February 2017.

WORKING CLASS BOY: An Evening of Stories and Songs will see Jimmy leaving behind the arenas and rock gigs where he’s blazed a trail for decades. Instead he will now be telling his life story for the first time on nine stages across New Zealand, including special venues like the Civic Theatre in Auckland, Regent Theatre in Dunedin and the St James in Wellington.

This unique live theatrical production is a companion piece to the eagerly anticipated first volume of his memoirs - Working Class Boy, released by Harper Collins on Monday 19 September. The book was written entirely by Jimmy Barnes. It tells the raw and confronting story of fleeing the poverty of Scotland only to endure violence and abuse as an immigrant in the suburbs of Adelaide. The book explains what drove Jimmy to ultimately escape everything via rock’n’roll and its associated lifestyle. Fittingly, the childhood memoir ends with an 18 year old Jimmy and the fellow members of his new band, Cold Chisel, fleeing South Australia in the back of a truck full of musical equipment.

“Just like the book, this live show will tell the story of an imperfect childhood that has led to me becoming an imperfect adult”, explains Jimmy. "I spent most of my life running from my childhood and now it seems like my time to face it. So this is the story of a lifetime spent running away. Running from fear. Running from shame but at the same time running from hope. I’m not running anymore"

This special live event will see Jimmy sharing stories from his troubled childhood and delinquent adolescence. It will also see him accompanied by his musical companions, delivering intimate performances, of some key songs drawn from his earliest years. This tour will be a treat with lots of storytelling providing a real insight into the events that shaped Jimmy's life and his music.

JIMMY BARNES - WORKING CLASS BOY: AN EVENING OF STORIES + SONGS
Presented by Eccles Entertainment + The Sound

Tickets on sale Mon 3 Oct | All shows all ages


Mon 6 Feb 2017
Civic Theatre, Invercargill

ticketdirect.co.nz | Ph: 0800 224 224

Tue 7 Feb 2017
Regent Theatre, Dunedin

ticketdirect.co.nz | Ph: 0800 224 224

Wed 8 Feb 2017
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch

ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Sat 11 Feb 2017
St James Theatre, Wellington

ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Sun 12 Feb 2017
Pettigrew Green Arena, Napier

ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Tue 14 Feb 2017
TSB Showplace, New Plymouth

ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Thu 16 Feb 2017
ASB Baypark Arena, Tauranga

ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

Fri 17 Feb 2017
Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

ticketek.co.nz | Ph: 0800 842 538

Sat 18 Feb 2017
Civic Theatre, Auckland

ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999

SEE THE LIVE SHOW, READ THE BOOK

Please note that in keeping with the nature of this production, the show will be staged over two acts with a short interval. There will be no support band so Jimmy will be onstage from the advertised starting time at all shows.