JIMMY BARNES’ new memoir – Working Class Man is the #1 book in Australia!

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs shows across the country selling out

New shows announced in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Newcastle and Canberra

 

Jimmy Barnes’ critically acclaimed new memoir “Working Class Man” has gone straight to #1 on the Neilsen Bookscan chart today, knocking “Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown from the top spot nationally.

“Working Class Man”, which details Jimmy’s rock ‘n roll excesses, sold over 20,000 books and eBooks in its first week. This is more than any memoir/autobiography/biography – local or international – since records have been kept in Australia.

Its predecessor “Working Class Boy” has also returned to the Top 10 of the Neilsen Bookscan Non-Fiction chart.

The Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs tour has also struck a deep chord around Australia with shows in Thirroul, Canberra, Cairns, Newcastle, Bathurst, Frankston, Sydney and Melbourne all selling out already.

As a result, a second and final date at the Canberra Theatre Centre has already been added on Sunday, 18 March. New shows have also been announced at the Brisbane City Hall (10 April), Sydney Town Hall (2 May), Newcastle Civic Theatre (6 June), Melbourne’s Palais Theatre (9 June) and the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide (10 June) with tickets for those dates going onsale at 9.00am local times today.

“It’s not often I’m lost for words but this is about as close as I get”, said Jimmy Barnes. “I spent decades trying to keep all this stuff hidden from people but it turns out that talking about it is the best thing I’ve ever done. On behalf of my liver I just wish it had occurred to me to do it a bit sooner!”

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs and the brand-new book – both written entirely by Jimmy – each 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. Critics agree it’s a spellbinding and searingly honest reflection on success, fame and addiction:

“It’s a fascinating insider’s view of the Australian music industry and the highs and lows of fame … He constantly flirts with self destruction and death (but) this is not just a tale of doom and gloom. It has passages that are uproariously funny. But in the end Working Class Man is a torch song to the healing power of mateship, love and family” – Herald Sun

Tickets for all remaining dates are selling fast. Fans are reminded to only buy tickets by following the direct ticket links here. People who choose to ignore this clear advice and who instead use search engines like google to find tickets typically get steered to unofficial reselling sites like Viagogo that often lead to rip offs.

Tickets for all new shows will go on sale at 9.00am local times today – Thursday, 2 November.

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 (www.lifeline.org.au) as Jimmy will be drawing further attention to the issues of addiction and mental health in both his new book and live show.

To coincide with the release of Working Class Man, Bloodlines/Mushroom has released a limited edition, commemorative version of one of the greatest Australian rock albums of all time, For The Working Class Man, which includes a never before released DVD from the legendary Playroom in Queensland in 1984.

 

JIMMY BARNES

Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories & Songs

 

NEW SHOWS

Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane Qld
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Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
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Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
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Saturday, 9 June 2018
Palais Theatre, Melbourne Vic
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Sunday, 10 June 2018
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
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PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SHOWS

Thursday, 15 March 2018
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
* SOLD OUT *

Friday, 16 March 2018
Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
* SOLD OUT *

Saturday, 17 March 2018
Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
* SOLD OUT *

Sunday, 18 March 2018
Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT
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Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport TAS
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Thursday, 22 March 2018
Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
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Friday, 23 March 2018
Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
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Saturday, 24 March 2018
Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS
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Thursday, 5 April 2018
Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Mudgee NSW
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Friday, 6 April 2018
Civic Theatre, Newcastle NSW
* SOLD OUT *

Saturday, 7 April 2018
Bathurst Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW
* SOLD OUT *

Thursday, 12 April 2018
Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane QLD
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Friday, 13 April 2018
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba QLD
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Saturday, 14 April 2018
The Star Theatre, Gold Coast QLD
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury WA
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Thursday, 19 April 2018
Perth Concert Hall, Perth WA
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Saturday, 21 April 2018
Keith Mitchell Theatre, Port Pirie SA
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Sunday, 22 April 2018
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA
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Thursday, 26 April 2018
Frankston Arts Centre Theatre, Frankston VIC
* SOLD OUT *

Friday, 27 April 2018
Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong VIC
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Saturday, 28 April 2018
The Palais Theatre, St Kilda VIC
* SOLD OUT *

Sunday, 29 April 2018
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo VIC
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Thursday, 3 May 2018
Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Sydney NSW
* SOLD OUT *

Sunday, 20 May 2018
Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin NT
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Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD
* SOLD OUT *

Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
* SOLD OUT *

Friday, 25 May 2018
Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville QLD
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Saturday, 26 May 2018
Plenary Halls, Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay QLD
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Sunday, 27 May 2018
Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton QLD
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra QLD
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Wednesday, 30 May 2018
Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW
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NEW ZEALAND TOUR DATES

Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch
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Thursday, 10 May 2018
Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
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Friday, 11 May 2018,
Spark Arena, Auckland
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Saturday, 12 May 2018
Claudelands Arena, Hamilton
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