TOP END BREAKOUT TOUR
supported by The Settle Down Sisters
When we started lining up at the Darwin Ski Club at Fannie Bay NT for the first Australian music festival since lockdown, you could tell that they do things a little bit differently there in Darwin.
Firstly there seemed to be little social distancing in the line, no one seemed concerned, and secondly the bag checker on the way in said they were actually kind of disappointed that none of us had tried to sneak in some bourbon (or did we?!?)
Normally you go down the front, mark your spot and maintain your position hours before, but in the Territory, everybody stayed back in a nice orderly, relaxed restful mood until showtime.
The support was The Settle Down Sisters, six talented and very different musicians who sang a combination of solo performances and together as a group.
As they appeared earlier in the day, at times, they struggled with the heat but gave everything to the show nevertheless.
Finally Barnsey came out, from that very first beat of that first song, immediately transporting us back to a time when we were 18 years old again, singing, dancing, chanting, sweating … did I mention sweating?!?
Starting by belting out I’m in a Bad Mood, he kept belting them out all night like a man half his age. Barnsey perspires quite a bit at the best of times, but I think we in the crowd outdid him and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he managed the heat pretty well.
It’s our first time out in a while, in Adelaide we have a no dancing rule which is strictly and understandably policed by the venues, as they can incur large fines or be shut down if there are breaches. It’s momentarily a bit weird being able to dance again, as in Adelaide at the moment it is a little bit like living in a movie scene from Foot Loose.
He played a huge setlist of great selection of good old favourites along with some new favourites, both from Jimmy’s solo career and Cold Chisel.
Wife Jane played bagpipes and showed off her newly acquired guitar skills on a couple of songs.
The audience went audibly quieter when they played When The War Is Over, Jimmy singing a poignant duet with his eldest daughter Mahalia. It’s that time in the show when we always think of Cold Chisel drummer Steve Prestwich, writer of that song who passed away nearly ten years ago of a brain tumour.
I was surprised and pleased to see many many young fans in the capacity crowd. Front and centre in the Mosh Pit was slightly hectic but fans were generally fairly well behaved. There was just one, and there always seems to be one, person taking it all a little bit too far. Security dealt with him reasonably swiftly, and he was removed from the venue so we could get back to enjoying the rockin and rollin.
Very pleased to report that we didn’t receive a shortened show because of the heat, everyone in the band gave their all as they always do, with notably energetic performances from Clayton Doley on keys and Mahalia’s husband Ben Rodgers on guitar.
The show finished with the encore song that always ends a Cold Chisel gig, Goodbye Astrid. When you hear Goodbye Astrid, you know it’s been another great night with Jimmy Barnes and the boys.
Jimmy had this to say back in August ….
“It’s been over 6 months since we finished the Cold Chisel tour and I went on what I thought would be a short holiday. Well, thanks to Covid that holiday has become the longest one ever and I’m chomping at the bit to play live again. We can’t wait to hit the sun in Darwin at the end of the month and play
some rock ‘n roll!” – Jimmy Barnes
…. And he did not let us down!!