An interesting venue for Jimmy to be playing at. It was their 10th birthday and Jimmy was part of their celebrations. It was the weekend for pub gigs - Trak on Friday night for Jimmy, Chelsea Heights on Saturday night to see Jon Stevens then up early on Sunday morning to head up to Sydney to see Jimmy at The Annandale.
It was another night of catching up with old mates - the Sydney gang this time. Some we hadn’t seen for some time. We all met before the show for a bite to eat in the Noodle Bar out the back, lots of reminiscing!! We then all moved into the bar for a drink before the doors opened. I had been to the Annandale before for Mahalia’s CD launch a couple of years ago. It is a very small venue, very intimate, so when the doors opened there was a great rush for the front row. Aaaah - made it!!
Didn’t have to wait too long for Mahalia and The Soulmates to start off the night Ruby was at the side of stage bopping along to mum and dad. She is so much like Mahalia I don’t reckon we’ll have to wait too long before she joins the Barnes family on stage. No Proud Mary in The Soulmates’ set tonight, Mahalia saved it for Jimmy’s set later on.
It was a quick change over and Jimmy hit the stage with Charlie Owen on the lap steel for Driving Wheels awesome - so much better than the intro CD, it just adds so much to the song. Good to have a small stage with Jimmy in your face again, it is such a rare thing these days and you just can’t beat the pub atmosphere. It was pretty crowded on stage, not a lot of room for Davey’s antics, he managed though. It was another powerful performance from Jimmy and I’m really loving the songs in the current set list, a great mix, a bit of everything. My favourites at the moment are Temptation and Time Will Tell.
In the encore Diesel jumped on stage and got the crowd excited with his brilliant guitar work. He was on the edge of the stage, guitar in faces. I was very happy after Khe Sahn when Do Or Die started up, the first strains got the adrenalin going, What a brilliant rendition of the song, so hard and fast and there was a punch in there too! It was followed by Goodbye with Jimmy revving the band up. Awesome, love these two songs finishing the gig, should happen at all gigs! The best two songs to end the night leaving the crowd on a high and wanting more. Tonight was Tony’s last gig on keys. Sad to see him go but no doubt we’ll see him back at some point later on down the track.
Once again Jimmy had delivered the goods and we’d all had fun, had a ball! A great weekend all round really. Shame it was back home on a 6am flight and straight to work next day. Oh well so worth it,


Driving Wheels
I'd Die To Be With You
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
Things I Love In You
Flame Trees
Love And Hate
Time Will Tell
Resurrection Shuffle
Ride The Night Away
God Or Money
Turn It Around
Merry Go Round
Proud Mary. w/ Mahalia
Still On Your Side
Lay Down Your Guns
No Second Prize
Good Times
Nothing I Want
Working Class Man
Red Hot
Khe Sanh
Do Or Die