January 28th 2007 .... AUSTRALIN OPEN - MELBOURNE
    It was a nice sunny Sunday afternoon and what better way to spend it than at the
tennis. It was the Men’s Final at the Australian Open and before the game people
gathered at the stage to see an unreal concert – Jimmy Barnes That’s what we were
there for and to be honest we didn’t see one bit of tennis! The stage was set near the
big screen so there was quite a crowd in the area.
Jimmy got a warm reception when he came onto the stage; there was lots of cheering
and screaming for him. Michael Gudinski, Frank Stivala and Warren Costello were
there amongst others, to show their support for Jimmy in his last Australian gig before
his surgery.
As Jimmy said it was early for a rock band but everyone was into it straight away
with Driving Wheels getting the crowd going. Obviously today was going to be a
‘hits’ concert, with all the old favourites there – Still On Your Side, Lay Down Your
Guns, No Second Prize, Ride The Night Away etc. Jimmy’s sense of humour kicked
in when he announced this was his last gig for awhile and he thought this song was
appropriate – Piece Of My Heart. You had to laugh, we were all feeling a bit down,
but this brought a smile to our faces. Good to see him in such good spirits.
There was not much talking between songs as time was limited due to the broadcast
of the game. Unfortunately time ran out and we missed out on Flame Trees and Khe
Sanh. He did manage to squeeze in Working Class Man as the last song. How rude
putting the telecast on before we were ready!
That hour went so quickly and by the time Working Class Man came on it had hit us
that it was going to be quite awhile before we see Jimmy again. The surgery is just a
few weeks away then he’ll have a few months to rest up and recover. His gigs have
been rescheduled for June/July. Hopefully he takes all the time he needs and doesn’t
rush back. (Even though we’ll be desperate for a gig) His health is the most important
thing.
Good luck with everything Jimmy.
   
 



 
 
 
 
 
SET LIST:
Driving Wheels
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
Lover Lover
Resurrection Shuffle
I'm Still On Your Side
Lay Down Your Guns
No Second Prize
Ride The Night Away
Piece Of My Heart
Gonna Take Some Time w/Mahalia
Merry Go Round
Working Class Man