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A Chip Off the Old Rocker

After living apart for most of their lives, veteran screecher Jimmy Barnes and his 24-year-old son last night bonded on the rooftop of New York City.

Adelaide-born David Campbell, who was 12 before he learned Barnes was his father, gave an emotion-charged performance as he became the youngest singer to headline at the famed Rainbow Room cabaret club.

Until recently, the pair had only a distant relationship, which for many years had reflected the fleeting liaison which began their history.

But last night, Barnes was a proud father as he surprised Campbell by flying in for his debut on the 65th floor of the towering Rockefeller Center.

Not even recording Cold Chisel's comeback album in Sydney could stop one-time wild man of Australian rock from hearing his son make cabaret history.

"I had to see David make his debut in the big-time. This was too important to miss," Barnes said.

Campbell delivered a heart-felt rendition of It Will Always be You, - a ballad penned by Chisel's Don Walker. "We are getting to know each other better. I love him like my father," said Campbell.

Page 13, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney October 30, 1997.