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Tim Celebrates Whitlam Years

Tim Celebrates Whitlam Years



Who: Tim Freedman, Dave McCormack and Xanders
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Sunday September 25, 2005

TIM FREEDMAN'S solo tour began this month and demand for the shows has been so high that a third show was added to his run at THE BASEMENT in Sydney.

The Whitlams' frontman is on the road, without the other three members of the band, to celebrate the release of its first DVD, The Whitlam Years 1992-2004 .

It takes a comprehensive look at the band's tumultuous career.

Freedman has been equally frank on the tour, revealing details about the band's rollercoaster ride through the decade in between songs.

Freedman, who founded the band in the early '90s, intended the DVD to be a one- hour concert with a few bonus features but after be began rummaging through old footage, it grew into a six-hour retrospective.

The film captures the band's beginnings with original members STEVE PLUNDER and ANDY LEWIS, who tragically committed suicide within four years of each other, right up to its latest achievements.

``I trawled through the cupboards, amassing the fond memories of the first line-up,'' Freedman said.

``I loved finding all the stuff from the different handicams and all the footage people had sent me of gigs they'd filmed before Stevie died.

''It is a fitting tribute to the band's accomplishments over the years. as it worked its way towards becoming one of Australia's most endearing bands.

Highlights include the success of the album Eternal Nightcap , which saw The Whitlams receive eight ARIA nominations at the 1998 ARIA awards.

The album's stand-out track, No Aphrodisiac , was named Song of the Year and took out top position on the TRIPLE J HOTTEST 100. The Whitlam Years 1992-2004 spills across two discs and begins with Early Years, featuring 10 performances dating back to 1993.

Other highlights include the band receiving its ARIA award from namesake GOUGH WHITLAM. and a performance recorded at the METRO THEATRE in Sydney. Freedman will perform at the CAMBRIDGE HOTEL on Saturday night with DAVE MCCORMACK and XANDERS. Advance tickets cost $20 from the venue, SOUNDWORLD NEWCASTLE, ROCK SHOP and BEAUMONT STREET BEAT or $25 at the door.





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