With his new memoir Working Class Man about to be released, Jimmy Barnes is striking out for a huge 30-date Australian tour next year, telling stories from his life alongside reworked versions of his classic hits.

“In book one I faced the damage that a broken home and a broken heart can bring,” Barnes says, referring to his first memoir Working Class Boy.

“In book two I face the impact that a childhood like mine can have on a man,” he continues. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m not blaming anyone for any of this. We all do the best with what we have. But in book two the blame rests squarely on my shoulders, and until I work a lot of things out I carry a lot of baggage around with me…

“I have done a lot of great things. I have a beautiful family and wonderful friends. But there were many times, dark times, that I almost let it all slip through my fingers.

“In the end I asked for help. I used to think that if someone asked for help they were weak. But the toughest thing I ever did was reach out and ask for help. And that was when I started to heal.”

The memoir will also be accompanied by a special two-disc remastered version of the classic Cold Chisel LP For The Working Class Man, including a recording of their ’84 performance at Queensland’s Playroom.

The tour runs from March 3 to May 30, head to Jimmy Barnes’ website for details or check out the full list of dates below.

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Jimmy Barnes 2018 Australian tour dates

Tickets on sale 10am Monday October 23 / pre-sale tickets from 19 October via Jimmy Barnes’ mailing list

Thursday, 15 March – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul

Friday, 16 March – Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul

Saturday, 17 March – Canberra Theatre, Canberra

Wednesday, 21 March – Devonport Entertainment Centre, Devonport

Thursday, 22 March – Country Club Showroom, Launceston 

Friday, 23 March – Wrestpoint Entertainment Centre, Hobart

Thursday, 5 April – Parklands Resort & Conference Centre, Mudgee

Friday, 6 April – Civic Centre, Newcastle

Saturday, 7 April – Bathurst Entertainment Centre, Bathurst

Thursday, 12 April – Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane

Friday, 13 April – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

Saturday, 14 April – The Star Theatre, Gold Coast

Wednesday, 18 April – Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Bunbury

Thursday, 19 April – Perth Concert Hall, Perth

Saturday, 21 April – Keith Mitchell Theatre, Port Pirie

Sunday, 22 April – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Thursday, 26 April – Frankston Arts Centre Theatre, Frankston

Friday, 27 April – Costa Hall, Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Saturday, 28 April – The Palais Theatre, St Kilda

Sunday, 29 April – Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Thursday, 3 May – Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall

Sunday, 20 May – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin

Tuesday, 22 May – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns

Wednesday, 23 May – Tank Arts Centre, Cairns

Friday, 25 May – Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre, Townsville

Saturday, 26 May – Plenary Halls, Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre, Mackay

Sunday, 27 May – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

Tuesday, 29 May – Caloundra Events Centre, Caloundra

Wednesday, 30 May – Saraton Theatre, Grafton