Jimmy Barnes Given The All-clear Following Major Surgery

22 December 2022 | 10:04 am | Mary Varvaris

"A Yes to going home tomorrow" - Jimmy must be feeling pretty excited.

(Pic by Jesse Lizotte)

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Jimmy Barnes has shared another health update with fans following major hip surgery. 

"A visit from my mate Sam Neill and a Yes to going home tomorrow," the Working Class Man singer posted on social media. 

"It’s like all my Christmases have come at once. [His daughter] Elly May put hats on us so we’d be more festive. A new hip and good health, a few months off home with my girl, the best present I could ever ask for". The caption follows a picture of Barnes and actor Sam Neill sitting on a hospital bed with smiles on their faces.

Last week, Barnes had the surgery, which the doctors were "very happy" with, Elly May wrote on behalf of her dad.

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A few weeks ago, Jimmy Barnes announced that he would have to be replaced by his mates or postpone multiple tour dates due to necessary surgery.

"I've been jumping off PAs and stomping around stages for nearly 50 years, but it's finally caught up with me," the Khe Sanh singer said. 

"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 is confident that following the surgery, he can retake the stage and hit the road for the second half of 2023.

Hoodoo Gurus will step in for their mate for Wollongong, Torquay, and Rochford Wines gigs in early 2023, so the shows will go on, albeit with an adjusted line-up.

"I’m very grateful that the Gurus have agreed to headline these three big gigs in my absence," Barnes said. "We played some great shows together last summer, so I know audiences will be in good hands. Their addition to the top of the Wollongong, Torquay and Rochford line-ups also means that the other bands on the bill, like The Living End, Wolfmother and Noiseworks, will still get their chance to rock. That’s important for everyone after all the disrupted touring over recent years, so I strongly encourage people to #keepyourticket and support some of our finest Aussie artists at these shows."

Barnes won't appear at Summernats 35 in Canberra on Friday, 6 January 2023, but his good mates Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite and Diesel will fill his shoes. Another gig that's been rescheduled is Stranded In The Whitsundays, which has been moved to 23-28 August 2023. The planned Byron Bay Bluesfest unveiling of his new project, The Barnestormers, will not happen in 2023. To find out if your Barnesy gig has been affected, click here