He’s the working class man spruiking the Working Class Boy – Jimmy Barnes caused a stir at Macarthur Square this morning.
The Scottish-born Aussie rocker was in Campbelltown for a signing of his autobiography, Working Class Boy, which details his childhood in South Australian town Elizabeth.
Locals had lined up since just after 6am this morning for the 9.30am signing.
Some were so overcome with excitement at meeting their musical idol that they burst into tears and could not stop shaking.
Others came dressed in Jimmy Barnes and Cold Chisel T-shirts – one woman even got the legend to sign her shirt, a replica of the one he wore in Chisel’s You Got Nothing I Want film clip.
The book signing was arranged through QBD booksellers, who anticipated more than 300 fans.
The number was easily met. At just after 9.30, sales staff told the Advertiser at least half of the 500 copies of Working Class Boy had already been sold.
Rhiannon McNiven rose at 5am to travel up from Mudgee to see Barnsey.
She, and Grasmere’s Angela McNiven, had been in line since 6.15am.
“I grew up with Jimmy in my life, my mum is a die-hard fan” she said.
“I think my first words were from a Cold Chisel song.”
Rihannon described the moment she met Barnes as “amazing” and wanted to do it again.
“I was just shaking, it was amazing.”
Angela McNiven said she was there to support Rihannon and had her book copy signed for her companion’s mother.
“It was exciting, I’m lost for words,” she said.
“It made me nervous actually, but I got a nice photo with him and he was very caring and wanted to know what time we got here.”
Mount Annan mother and daughter Merril and Jeri Shortland were just ahead of the McNivens in line and had been waiting since 6.10am.
Merril said she had been a fan of Barnes since she was 16 and saw him perform in Auckland.
“He’s awesome, how could you not be a fan,” she said.
“He’s amazing, I just love him.”
Her daughter was equally impressed.
“I was so calm at first, but when I went up to him I was just shaking,” she said.
Also among the first five in line was Narellan’s Melissa Dunne.
“I’ve been a fan since I was 10,” she said.
“My uncle used to play his tape all the time. I’m a massive fan, it was so exciting.
“He signed my book, then I almost forgot my book and my phone – I was that excited I just took off!”
Working Class Boy is in bookstores now.