Sheppard Join Jimmy Barnes For Honky Tonk Women

30 April 2023 | 10:11 pm | Stephen Green

Jimmy Barnes hit the stage with Sheppard last week, proving he's lost none of his vocal power after his recent surgery.

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The duet of The Rolling Stones classic Honky Tonk Women brought together the unlikely pairing at a celebration of the life of music industry figure Colleen Ironside at the Paddington RSL last Friday. The event brought together artists and industry heavyweights, with the amazing performance bringing together Barnes with his younger contemporaries Sheppard

George Sheppard followed up a blistering verse from Barnesy with an impressive one of his own, while his sisters joined on backing vocals alongside a who's who of music including Kate Ceberano, David Campbell, Mahalia Barnes and Gangajang's Mark Callaghan

Colleen Ironside began her career at the Harbour Agency in Sydney before branching out with her booking agency APA, promoting clients such as INXS,  Ratcat, Jenny Morris, Wendy Matthews and James Reyne.

By 1994, she was hired by Frontier Touring and became the Head of its Asia division, where she managed tours by Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Tom Jones, among others. 

In 1999, she set up Live Limited and tours by The Rolling Stones, Elton John, David Bowie, Sting and countless other music heavyweights. In 2005, she worked as Senior Vice President of bookings for Live Nation in Pan-Asia. She was there for five years before reviving Live Limited, promoting heavyweight artists Janet Jackson in Hong Kong, Bruno Mars in Malaysia and Bob Dylan in Hong Kong and Vietnam. 

Ironside passed away in 2022 in Thailand where she had lived for many years and was honoured at the APRA Awards on Thursday night, with her industry friends taking the opportunity to come together to honour her life. 

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The outing was believed to be Jimmy Barnes' first on-stage performance since his hip surgery in December last year.

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

"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 expects to be back on the stage for public shows in the second half of the year, already announced as the headliner for Savannah In The Round. He will get warmed up as part of the Jane Barnes Band, taking to the stage for dates throughout May. 

Sheppard have had a busy couple of months, with George Sheppard tying the knot with long-time partner Kathleen and releasing a single to celebrate. The band are also back on the radio with their latest hit Good Time