Richie Sambora, Jimmy Barnes headline Tuncurry festival

American legend: Richie Sambora, long-time lead guitarist with Bon Jovi, will play at Under the Southern Stars.
American legend: Richie Sambora, long-time lead guitarist with Bon Jovi, will play at Under the Southern Stars.

Richie Sambora and Jimmy Barnes will headline a new summer festival, Under The Southern Stars, set for Saturday, January 6, at Harry Elliott Oval in Tuncurry.

Cold Chisel legend Barnes is the headliner, but promises in the press release:“I think there will be a few surprises on the day”.

Barnes ever-green career has seen his star on the rise again with the release of a two-part written memoir,  Working Class Boy and Working Class Man. He has recently been doing written-word tours mixed with musical performance with the books.

Barnes and Cold Chisel will headline the Newcastle 500 V8 Supercars concert on Saturday, November 25, on The Foreshore in Newcastle. 

Aussie legend: Jimmy Barnes will head the Under the Southern Stars festival on January 6 at Harry Elliott Oval in Tuncurry.

Aussie legend: Jimmy Barnes will head the Under the Southern Stars festival on January 6 at Harry Elliott Oval in Tuncurry.

Barnes has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock ’n’ roll artist.

Sambora, long-time lead guitarist with Bon Jovi (although not at present), will perform with his partner, Australian guitar goddess Orianthi, under their RSO nameplate.

 Sambora shares songwriting credits on more than 20 American Top 40 hits. His name is attached forever to Bon Jovi rock anthems Livin’ On A Prayer, Bad Medicine, You Give Love a Bad Name, Wanted Dead or Alive, Lost Highway and It’s My Life.

 Orianthi, who has shared stages with the likes of Michael Jackson, Santana, Prince, ZZ Top was the first female member of Alice Cooper’s band.

RSO performed in Australia in 2016, including a gig at the National Rugby League grand final.

The festival line-up includes Diesel, Richard Clapton, Ash Grunwald and Dallas Crane. The promoter is One World Entertainment.

Tickets are on sale from Monday, November 13, through Ticketmaster.