Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barnesy's Still Singin' for the Working Class

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Barnesy's Still Singin' for the Working Class

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Byline: Miranda Cashin

FOR the original working class man, when he is on tour, every night is Saturday night.

He gave up his drug-taking, vodka-sculling ways, but Jimmy Barnes knows how to rock a crowd. He said despite it being 25 years since his For The Working Class Man, his show these days was more intense than it was back then.

"I'm quieter now days, but when I say I'm quiet it's relative. I'm a fairly intense person in general and wild in nature and just because I don't drink or do drugs or anything like that I haven't tamed down," he told The Observer.

"My show is different to what it was 25 years ago. When I came through 25 years ago I was leaping off PA stacks and smashing equipment, but the show itself is more intense then it was then. We are a tough rock Cyn' roll band and we just don't f**k around. We're probably more intense then we were last time we were there."

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the classic album, Barnes said he wanted to head back to the place he considered the heart and soul of the quintessential Aussie rock album.

"A lot of the feel and the look of the whole way the album was promoted was due to North Queensland. We filmed the film clip up there and shot the cover up there."

The album went seven times platinum and sold in excess of 500,000 copies, which was something Barnes never expected. He said he never set out to make a successful record, he just made the record he wanted to and everything else was a bonus.

"When I make records if I can make a record I'm happy with then it's successful to me. Everything else is really gravy you know. You can never tell if an audience is going to like it and you can never really make albums for people."

Despite his massive career, For The Working Class Man holds dear to Barnesy. …

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