Headed off on the four hour road trip to Horsham full of excitement. We were looking forward to an indoor gig for a change, and lucky it was indoors, Horsham was pretty damn cold.
The Town Hall was being torn down and being replaced so who better to close it down than Jimmy Barnes. The town was ready to rock
There wasn’t a big queue before doors but the place sure did fill up. There was a local cover band, Last Stand to open the night. They played some ok songs but they didn’t really cut it when trying to cover Jon Stevens, but who could? When they were done it was a quick change over and soon everyone was singing along loudly to Rod Stewart’s Maggie May as the excitement built and it was time for Jimmy. The Town Hall erupted as Driving Wheels filled the air and Jimmy and his band came on to the stage. I love this song but I don’t like the CD intro and would like to hear Davey give slide guitar a go instead. I reckon he’d do a top job. No band changes since the last gigs we went to. It was Davey Lane and Pete Satchell on guitars, Tony Featherstone on keys, Dario Bortolin on bass, Warren Trout on drums and joining Shauna Jenson and Elly-May on backing vocals was the brilliant Gary Pinto. The guitars were so loud tonight, could hardly hear Jimmy’s voice over them, really needed the speakers facing out with Jimmy’s voice coming out. He was looking good and was full of energy, having a good time. All the hits were there with only two new songs, God Or Money and Turn It Around, wonder why a couple of other new ones have been dropped?? The band was going for it tonight, a few of them playing their last gig, for awhile at least - Davey, Pete and Wazza. A shame really, these guys plus Dario and Tony are a pretty tight unit and always play great together and create a real vibe up there on stage. Gonna miss Davey’s scissor kicks on the next tour!!!! Shauna was taking lots of photos from up the back tonight.
It was a good crowd here tonight, no pushing, no shoving, just everyone enjoying the music and Jimmy. He paced the stage from side to side with a big grin and grabbed a few outstretched hands along the way as he belted out all the old favs. He put in his usual 110% and kept everyone happy, although at times you could hardly see him - the lights were blinding and at times it was so dark up there you couldn’t see anyone. Maybe it was better viewing up the back, but I’m told not.
It was a fantastic night, hopefully Jimmy will be back to open the new Town Hall. Had to drive back to Melbourne after the gig, some of us had to be up at 6am for work. Two hours sleep but it was so worth it!!!

Driving Wheels
No Second Prize
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
Rising Sun
I'm Still On Your Side
Lay Down Your Guns
Choir Girl
God Or Money
Red Hot
Ressurection Shuffle
Lover Lover
Turn It Around
Merry Go Round
Flame Trees
Ride the Night Away
You've Got Nothing I Want
Good Times
Working Class Man
Khe Sanh