Jimmy Barnes has been forced to cancel his national tour in support of ‘Flesh And Blood’, citing the uncertainty of border restrictions in the wake of a recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
Having already been postponed once, the tour was slated to kick off at the start of September, with a total of nine dates booked between Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth. Ticketholders will be refunded automatically.
In a press release, Barnes said: “My band, my crew and music fans around the country are all doing it really tough right now so these latest round of cancelled gigs will be yet another kick in the guts for them at a really bad time.
“Hopefully if we all do the right things and get vaccinated as soon as possible then we’ll be enjoying gigs together before too much longer.”
Barnes also noted that recently announced government schemes in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria would allow Frontier Touring – as well as workers who had been employed for the tour – to claim compensation for revenue lost by the tour being axed. However, they’re unable to recoup any capital spent on shows booked for Queensland or South Australia.
He continued: “It’s a real pity that the QLD and SA governments haven’t bothered to match these other states by introducing similar schemes. I don’t know what they’re waiting for. The music community is really on its knees right now so I think QLD and SA should seriously consider stepping up like the other states have already done.”
Barnes’ 20th album, ‘Flesh And Blood’ was released last month via Bloodlines. NME highlighted the record as one the top Australian releases for July, with Karen Gwee writing: “Singles ‘Flesh And Blood’ (a favourite of the late Michael Gudinski) and ‘Gateway To Your Heart’ are slices of soaring, anthemic rock ’n’ roll – further proof that Barnes is going strong and won’t ever stop.”
Barnes is scheduled to headline the 2022 edition of the Byron Bay Bluesfest next April, after it was postponed from this October earlier in the week.
The unifying concert event – conceptualised by Barnes and the late Michael Gudinski – made its return in 2021 to mark the national day of remembrance, after the success of its inaugural event last year brought together Australians during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.