Jimmy Barnes Performs 'Driving Wheels' for Mushroom's Concert of the Century
Jimmy Barnes performed a number of his hits, including 'Driving Wheels', at this concert at the MCG in 1998 featuring artists on the Mushroom record label. The concert was to celebrate Mushroom's 25th anniversary and the proceeds were donated to the Melbourne Children's Hospital.
'Would you welcome Australia's finest rock'n'roll singer, Jimmy Barnes!', barks the MC as Jimmy, looking lean in black leather pants and T-shirt with a mop of bleached blonde hair, prowls the stage like a caged panther. It's a challenge to film a concert in a way that effectively captures the energy and excitement of a live performance; this recording does an adequate if not superlative job.
It's possibly not helped by Jimmy frequently moving away from his band to the emptier parts of the stage, and the stage itself seems disproportionately huge compared to the musicians. Nevertheless, the sound is clear and well recorded and it is a record of a moment in time when Australia's premier record label celebrated its 25th birthday in front of over 70,000 fans.