Posted: 28 April, 2016
We count down the top 10 collaborations from the Aussie pub rocker
Image: Jimmy Barnes (Getty)
Today Australian icon Jimmy Barnes turns 60. The Aussie rocker survived the diet of two bottles of vodka a day and that 80s mullet, the Scottish born rock singer is seen so much as Australian royalty he’s even had an ice-cream made in his honour.
Barnesy won us over fronting the classic Aussie rock band Cold Chisel and has since gone on to forge an epic solo career. Along the way he's collaborated with the world's best musicians.
Check out our top 10 Barnesy Collaborations:
10. David Campbell
Before he was hosting morning TV, presenter David Campbell roped his famous Dad into a crack at crooning, not our fav moment, but worth a mention.
9. Van Halen
When Barnesy was living in L.A in the 80s working on his solo career, American glam rockers Van Halen approached our own Jimmy Barnes to lead the band on vocal duties, of which he declined to continue with his solo success.
8. Farnsey & Diesel
In the 90s John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes were 'the shit'. Watch this incredible cover of the classic tune 'Something Is Wrong With My Baby' featuring Jimmy Barne's brother-in-law, Australian singer Diesel.
7. Deep Purple and Ozzy Osbourne’s band:
Deep Purple's Steve Morse and Don Airey and Ozzy Osbourne’s Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake joined Jimmy to form the star studded super group Living Loud, who did a handful of shows.
Check their crack at Ozzy's 'Crazy Train'.
6. Pro-cricketer Brett Lee.
In an intimate home video series Jimmy did with his musical family, they were joined by Australian cricket player Brett Lee on guitar for this pop song.
5. Neil Finn.
Jimmy and the Crowded House and Split Enz singer now related as their children are musical and personal partners, got together last year for this cheeky version of the Enz classic 'I Got You'.
4. Tina Turner
How did the world not explode when two of the biggest voices we've heard teamed up?
This classic tune never gets old, unlike their hair styles.
3. Fleetwood Mac and Journey.
The Working Class Man album was worked on by Jonathan Cain from Journey and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac.
2. Bruce Springsteen.
When 'the boss' last toured down under he took Jimmy and his band on tour as support. No wonder the tour sold out around the country.
Barnesy got on stage with Bruce and belted out 'Tougher Than The Rest'.
Nothing gets more 80s than Australian rock god Michael Hutchence and Jimmy Barnes.
Let's hope Barnesy has a good time tonight.