Legendary Aussie rock band Cold Chisel to celebrate 50 years of hits with anniversary tour

May 29, 2024
Frontman Jimmy Barnes expressed his excitement to celebrate Cold Chisel's legacy with both his bandmates and fans, particularly after his recent health battle. Source: Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS.

Cold Chisel fans received some exciting news today after the iconic Aussie rock band announced they would be embarking on nationwide tour to celebrate 50 years of making music together.

The Big Five-O tour will kick off in Armidale in regional NSW on October 5, where the band was based in 1974-75 before heading off to wow crowds on the Gold Coast, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Newcastle, Ballarat and Hobart.

The group’s history will be celebrated throughout the tour, culminating in a final performance in Adelaide, where the band was originally formed. This special concert will take place following the city’s 500 Supercars event.

Fans can also look forward to the release of a best-of album in August this year.

Frontman Jimmy Barnes expressed his excitement to celebrate Cold Chisel’s legacy with both his bandmates and fans, particularly after his recent health battle.

“The Big Five-0 is a landmark moment,” Barnes said.

“There have been plenty of times where I never thought I’d live to see this day so I’m going to make the most of it.

“I can’t wait to celebrate with my mates and with all the fans who have been such a big part of our story.

“We’re gonna smash it!”

Guitarist and singer Ian Moss told fans that they can look forward to hearing the legendary band belt out some of their most popular hits when they take the stage.

“There are a minimum of 15 songs that our audience demands to hear,” he said.

“This time we’ll be playing all of them plus we’ll be throwing in lots of musical surprises.”


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The anniversary tour comes after Barnes’ recently triumphed over a series of health challenges.

In late November last year, Barnes battled with a bout of bacterial pneumonia. Later he shocked fans with the revelation that he was set to undergo open-heart surgery after the infection spread.

“Unfortunately I got some bad news late yesterday … despite everyone’s best efforts the bacterial infection I’ve been battling over the last fortnight has apparently now spread to my heart,” he said at the time

“It’s infected an otherwise healthy valve that was replaced some years ago due to a congenital defect, so I’ll be getting open-heart surgery over the next few hours to clear out this infection and put in a clean valve.

“Obviously this is going to take me out of action for a while. I know lots of other people are battling even worse things but it still feels hugely frustrating.

“Just a few weeks ago I was the fittest I’ve been in decades!”

Defying concerns from fans, Barnes made strides in his recovery while sharing encouraging updates and eventually returning to the stage, much to the delight of his fans.

-with AAP.


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