Un­likely legacy con­tin­ues on 25th an­niver­sary tour

Tweed Daily News - - PULSE - Daniel Mcken­zie daniel.mcken­zie@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE Whit­lams are back, and this time they’re bring­ing their friends.

The band – once de­scribed as a side­line act formed by two song­writ­ers in search of some ac­tion out­side a Nir­vana con­cert at the 1992 Big Day Out – will hit the road with fel­low ’90s favourites Alex Lloyd and Deb­o­rah Con­way to cel­e­brate their 25th an­niver­sary tour.

Front­man Tim Freed­man said he was ex­cited to be cel­e­brat­ing a quar­ter of a cen­tury with fans.

“We are look­ing for­ward to eight weeks straight and delv­ing deep into the cat­a­logue,” Freed­man said.

And there’s plenty of ma­te­rial to draw on from the un­like­li­est of chart he­roes, who drove their in­die rock/pi­ano-fu­elled bal­lads right to the fore­front of Aus­tralian pop psy­che.

Whether they were blow­ing up the pok­ies or mus­ing over a lack of a fix for lone­li­ness, the group – formed orig­i­nally by Freed­man, Ste­vie Plun­der and Andy Lewis – scored a num­ber one spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and a song of

the year in 1998 with No Aphro­disiac, as well as a Best Group ARIA in the same year.

Their achieve­ments in­clude three multi-plat­inum and three gold al­bums. In 2011 their al­bum Eter­nal Night­cap was voted 27th on the ABC’S My Favourite Al­bum poll, and re­cently earned 17th spot in Triple J’s Hottest Aus­tralian Al­bums of All Time.

Tour­ing na­tion­ally in 2018, their clas­sic four-piece con­fig­u­ra­tion of Freed­man on pi­ano and vo­cals, Jak Hous­den on gui­tar, War­wick Hornby on bass and Tere­pai Rich­mond on drums, will bring their 25th year to a rowdy fi­nale.

Sell­ing out con­cert halls in each state with 60-piece or­ches­tras, they’ll cap the tour with a run of their favourite pubs around the coun­try.

They are ditch­ing the con­duc­tor and are back to Whit­lams’ live show ba­sics, with a few sur­prises in store.

“We are go­ing to pre­pare some rarely played al­bum cuts from the first two al­bums, and I’m sure they’ll suit the pubs as well as they did 25 years ago,” Freed­man said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MILE­STONE MEN: In­die favourites The Whit­lams are ready to ride in 2018 to cel­e­brate a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

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