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Jimmy Barnes Celebrates 30 Years

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On August 27, back in 1984, Jimmy Barnes launched his solo career when he released his first solo single, 'No Second Prize.'

Barnes is celebrating 30 years in the music business with a tour and an album, just to keep his fans doubly pleased.

The former Cold Chisel frontman already announced A Day On The green performance and a special guest slot supporting The Rolling Stones in Adelaide.

Barnes has released 13 solo albums and 14 top 40 albums with Cold Chisel in his 30-year career.

His special anniversary album 30:30 Hindsight revisits some of his hits with collaborations including Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, Shihad, Tina Arena, Baby Animals and Jon Stevens.

"I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a much better idea - I'll get all my favourite artists and sing with them," Barnes said.

The two time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee (with Cold Chisel in 1993 and as a solo artist in 2005) will head out on the road this October. AAP

*30:30 Hindsight is out now through Liberation Music.

As a solo artist Jimmy Barnes has scored seven number one records in Australia, putting him up in the same league as the Beatles, Madonna, the Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, his family emigrated to Adelaide in 1956 when Barnes was four.

It was his older brother John's interest in music that inspired Jim to follow suit, eventually leading to him becoming lead singer of Cold Chisel, who emerged as Australia's most popular band of the '80s.

While their rock/soul/blues fusion music was part of the band's appeal, a large part was also the stage presence of its raw-voiced singer, crouched with intensity as he sang/shouted into the microphone with every breath in his lungs.

After 12 years, Cold Chisel gave their final performance in December 1983 and Barnes launched an immediate solo career, eclipsing Cold Chisel's record sales with six solo number one albums in a row. 

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