Barnesy – An Australian Experience in Dubai

Along with hundreds of fellow Aussies, I ventured out on Saturday night to the Intercontinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City to see Jimmy Barnes and his band. Or should I say to see Jimmy sweat, scream, sing, sweat, scream more, more sweat and even more singing/screaming.

I was a fan of Cold Chisel in the early 80’s, particularly following the release of their East album. But I had never seen them live and of course, due to their self-imposed boycott, did not get to see them on Countdown either while growing up.

The audience was typically Australian – raucous, loud (especially in singing the old Cold Chisel ballads like Khe Sanh, Choir Girl, Whent the War is Over or screaming along with the rock songs like Star Hotel and You Got Nothing I Want), beer-swilling, and fun-loving. Highlights included the guys with the mullet wigs and the blow up kangaroos (one of which ended up on stage with a stage pass around its neck), the 75 year old bald guy dancing away (or was he staggering), the Aussie humour of embellished stories (no, the bass player is not the guy who sang Spaghetti Bolognese to kids in the 1980s – Peter Combe), irreverent and fun-loving.

I am amazed that my eardrums felt OK when I left the building with no ringing – perhaps that is a sign of increased deafness and reduced sensitivity as I age! And also I am pleasantly surprised that my voice is not too husky after a bit of yelling and singing (or was that screaming like Barnesy) last night.   A wonderful night for the princely sum of only 150 Dh a ticket (about A$50).

Barnesy is in the middle with the black shirt with the guitar - bit hard with all that backlighting!

Barnesy is in the middle with the black shirt with the guitar - bit hard with all that backlighting

Of course, some Aussies brought the ubiquitous blow up kangaroo!

Of course, some Aussies brought the ubiquitous blow up kangaroo!

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