Jimmy Barnes has been forced to cancel his weekend headlining slot at Torquay’s By The C festival as he faces an extended stay in hospital battling a serious bout of bacterial pneumonia.
The 67-year-old frontman shared a health update with his fans on Friday and apologised for the last-minute announcement.
“I know a lot of people travel a long way for this gig so I’m really sorry that I won’t be able to see you in Torquay,” Barnes said in a statement posted by the By The C promoter.
“This infection has knocked me for six so there’s no chance that the doctors will let me out of bed for the next few days.”
Earlier this week Jimmy revealed on his social media accounts that he was being given antibiotics and was unable to travel to New Caledonia for a cruise concert.
“I’m sorry to let you know that I’ve been receiving intravenous antibiotics over the last 36 hours to treat bacterial pneumonia,” he said in a post on Tuesday night.
“Unfortunately, this has stopped me travelling to Noumea to join Rock The Boat 2023 as planned. My band will still perform on board, together with my daughter Mahalia and other special guests.”
Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy’s daughter, who filled in on the Rock The Boat cruise promised fans a “treat” despite her dad’s unfortunate absence.
“Firstly, Dad’s dear friend Jon Stevens is going to step in and play a set that includes Noiseworks and INXS hits. Then in a really special climax to the show, the band and I will play a set of Dad’s songs (including some Chisel classics) with special guests Ian Moss, Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite, David Campbell and more,” she said via The Daily Telegraph.
“I can’t thank you all enough for your care, concern and support through this time, we are all so grateful. I look forward to singing for you all… I promise it’ll be a show to make Dad proud.”
Bacterial pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs following an infection. The air sacs in the lungs get infected and fill up with water which causes pneumonia.
Complications from pneumonia include respiratory failure, sepsis, lung abscess and death.
Jimmy’s latest health scare comes after he was forced undertake months of bed rest earlier this year after emergency hip surgery.
He had an operation in late 2022 after years of pain caused by half a century of “jumping off PAs and stomping around stages”.
Speaking at the time he said: “I’ve had niggling back and hip issues for years, but things suddenly got a lot worse over the last few weeks, and I’m now in constant and severe pain.
“As everybody knows, it’s against my religion to blow out gigs, but the doctors tell me I need an operation as soon as possible and it will really limit my movement for a few months.
“As much as it kills me to inconvenience everyone, I have to get this fixed so I can jump around onstage for another 50 years.”