Cold Chisel have announced their latest reunion tour, and will enlist another famous Adelaide expat to bring it all home.
Jimmy Barnes might be set to bring his Shutting Down Your Town tour to Adelaide this very weekend, but the closure evidently isn’t permanent as the band that made him a household name have already announced plans to return in January 2020. Barnes, along with co-founders Don Walker, Ian Moss, Phil Small and drummer Charley Drayton (who has filled the position of the late Steve Prestwich since 2011), will play an expansive run of outdoor dates around the country from New Year’s Eve through February.
Joining Cold Chisel on the Adelaide leg of the tour will be none other than Paul Kelly, making the Saturday 4 January show at Glenelg Beach a double-headed homecoming. Chisel, of course, famously formed in Adelaide and cut their teeth at venues like the Largs Pier Hotel. Kelly, on the other hand, has periodically referenced his childhood in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs throughout his career – although not always in the rosiest terms. But, on the off chance that any of the touring party does end up spilling their wine “at the bottom of the statue of Colonel Light” after the show, at least it will be have been cheap.
“We’ve only done four tours since the early 80s so we need to make each of them count,” Barnes says of the tour. “We knew that if we were going to get the band back together for another full tour it would have to be something really special. We wanted great line-ups and unusual places so that people would remember these gigs for a long, long time.”
Notably, the 13-date Australian tour bypasses Sunday 26 January despite dates being scheduled for January 24 and 25. It’s a decision that is most likely to a deliberate move given Barnes’ previous statements on the significant of the date.
If you’re an Australian, your heritage is either Aboriginal, Convict, Immigrant or Refugee. I’m a Scottish immigrant, what about you? We’re lucky to share this great country. It’s given me an opportunity to have a better life. Always was and always will be #IndigenousAustralia. pic.twitter.com/ZQn0U0yPrz
— Jimmy Barnes (@JimmyBarnes) January 26, 2019
Chisel and Kelly will also be joined by The Teskey Brothers, The Detonators and Tim Prestwich Band at the Adelaide show. Tickets for the tour go on sale Monday 21 October.
Cold Chisel Blood Moon tour dates
Tuesday 31 December
Wednesday 1 January
Saturday 4 January
All Saints Estate
Tuesday 7 January
Friday 10 January
Mount Duneed Estate
Saturday 11 January
Sunday 18 January
Sunday 19 January
Friday 24 January
Saturday 25 January
Thursday 30 January
Heifer Station Wines
Saturday 1 February
Saturday 8 February