Unlikely legacy continues on 25th anniversary tour
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.
MILESTONE MEN: Indie favourites The Whitlams are ready to ride in 2018 to celebrate a quarter of a century.