Jimmy Barnes to undergo surgery to treat ‘constant and severe pain’ in hips and back | jimmy barnes
Jimmy Barnes is in “constant and intense pain” and will undergo back and hip surgery as soon as possible to remedy it, meaning he will postpone six months of performances while he recovers.
In a statement on Tuesday, the 66-year-old musician said: “I’ve been skipping PAs and stomping on stages for almost 50 years, but it finally caught up with me. I had back and hip issues. for years, but things have suddenly gotten a lot worse over the past few weeks and I am now in constant, intense pain.
“As everyone knows it’s against my religion to blow up concerts but the doctors are telling me I need an operation as soon as possible and it will really limit my movement for a few months. Even though It kills me to bother everyone, I have to sort this out so I can jump on stage for another 50 years.
“The operation will keep me locked up over the summer and I’m a notoriously grumpy patient, so I probably need to buy some noise canceling headphones for my family too – that way I hope they’ll still talk to me when I’ll be back on my feet,” he added.
A flagship performance at Valo Adelaide 500 this Saturday will go ahead as planned, but all of Barnes’ live performances from the first few months of 2023 will be postponed.
Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite and Diesel will replace Barnes at Summernats 35 in Canberra in January, while the Hoodoo Gurus will replace Barnes at the By the C festival in Wollongong and Torquay, and the Live in the Vines festival in the Yarra Valley.
“I’m very grateful that The Gurus have agreed to headline these three great concerts in my absence,” Jimmy said. “We played some great shows together last summer, so I know the audience will be in good hands. Their addition to the top of the Wollongong, Torquay and Rochford lineups also means other bands on the bill, such as The Living End, Wolfmother and Noiseworks, will still have their chance to rock. It’s important to everyone after all the disrupted touring over the past few years, so I strongly encourage people to #saveyourticket and support some of our top Australian artists at these shows.
Barnes’ revised tour schedule can be viewed here.