As singing sensation Jimmy Barnes continues to recover from his recent hip surgery, he has delighted fans with an announcement regarding his next musical endeavour.
Barnes recently announced that he will join fellow singers Chris Cheney, Jools Holland, Slim Jim Phantom, and Kevin Shirley to form The Barnestormers.
“What you have right here is rockabilly royalty. They’re global allstars who swing like a gate,” a statement on Barnes’ website read.
“They make the finest, finger poppin’ grooves to shake your local juke joint since the glory days of fenders and fins. Hold tight kiddo.”
The group has already released its first single, Johnny’s Gone, and supporters can now pre-order the album in anticipation of its launch on May 26.
Following the announcement, Barnes’ fans were quick to share their excitement regarding the new project.
“Looks really great Jimmy can’t wait for it too come out,” one fan wrote.
“Cant wait and Cant wait to hear about a tour happening soon.”
“This will be a blast from the past,…..u all giving us the joys of your music, this is entertainment,” another said.
“Awesome JB, love the song and the album looks great!!! Love the choice of songs.”
“Perfection as always you never disappoint.”
Barnes’ announcement comes after he was forced to undergo major surgery and cancel his touring commitments in late 2022 after ongoing hip and back pain that left him in constant agony.
The singer attributed his health woes to a lifetime of jumping around on stage but was adamant about getting the issues fixed in order to continue rocking out with fans.
“I’ve been jumping off PA’s and stomping around stages for nearly 50 years, but it’s finally caught up with me,” Barnes said on social media at the time.
“I’ve had niggling back and hip issues for years, but things suddenly got a lot worse over the last few weeks and I’m now in constant and severe pain.
“As everybody knows, it’s against my religion to blow out gigs but the Doctors tell me I need an operation as soon as possible and it will really limit my movement for a few months.
“As much as it kills me to inconvenience everyone, I have to get this fixed so I can jump around onstage for another 50 years.”
Barnes has made a committed effort to keep his fans in the loop regarding his recovery. Following his surgery, Barnes’ wife, Jane, gave fans a promising update on the singer’s condition following surgery, sharing a photo to social media of Barnes smiling while using a walking frame to help him stand.
Hip Op update! @JimmyBarnes tubes out, drains out, up and walking slowly. So far so good. Incredible ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/XcrzVmzPpc
— ????Jane Barnes (@jane13barnes) December 14, 2022
“Tubes out, drains out, up and walking slowly,” she wrote alongside the photo.
“So far so good. Incredible.”