Jimmy Barnes has another No. 1 Down Under, but he’s on doctor’s orders to keep celebrations to a minimum.
The Australian rock hero is recovering from emergency back surgery which kept him in hospital on Fathers Days (Sept. 7) as the new ARIA Albums Chart was published, showing Barnes’ 30:30 Hindsight in the top slot.
With his latest chart feat, the veteran rocker now has a 14th career No. 1. The gold-certified Liberation Music set (35,000 unit) is one of Barnes’ ten solo albums to reach No. 1, and he’s enjoyed the taste of chart victory on four occasions with Cold Chisel.
The Beatles leads the all-time list with 14 No. 1s, followed by U2 with 11, Madonna with 10, and Bon Jovi with nine. Among Australian artists, Jimmy is way out ahead of his good friend John Farnham, who is next best with eight No. 1s.
It’ll be some time before Jimmy can celebrate his achievement in the usual fashion. A rep says he’s now at home and under doctor’s instructions to rest-up for the week. He’s said to be in “good spirits” though all of his promo commitments have been canceled for next seven days.
On 30:30, which coincides with his 30th year as a solo artist, Barnes reworked his classic songs with the likes of Keith Urban, the Living End, Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, Tina Arena, Baby Animals, New Zealand rockers Shihad and former Noiseworks frontman Jon Stevens, Journey, and Steve Van Zandt of the E Street Band. Barnes’ national tour in support of the record is scheduled to kick off Oct. 1 at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
Throughout his 30-year solo career, Jimmy has sold more than six million albums, according to Mushroom Group, the parent company of Liberation Music.
Jimmy Barnes’ Solo No. 1 Albums in Australia:
For The Working Class Man (1985)
Freight Train Heart (1987)
Two Fires (1990)
Soul Deep (1991)
Barnes Hits Anthology (1996)
Double Happiness (2005)
The Rhythm and the Blues (2009)
30:30 Hindsight (20140
Cold Chisel No. 1s:
Circus Animals (1982)
Twentieth Century (1984)
The Last Wave Of Summer (1998)