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TIMFREEDMAN & The Idle

TIMFREEDMAN & The Idle

Hi Everyone,

I’m sitting here in the calm before the storm, in those sweet minutes leaning in the kitchen between last prep and first customers. The new album is all done.

Yes it took nearly six years, but at least that gave me a title:

AUSTRALIAN IDLE

I shot a cover idea today. In a pool, doing nothing.

The twelve songs come in at 39 minutes. I wouldn’t dare say it’s my best yet (let’s judge in a few years), but it may be my catchiest. It reeks of the 70’s. Hundreds of harmonies, piles of piano, stacks of synth, one banjo, a timpani and an oud.

You’ll see shows advertised as Tim Freedman and The Idle. This is my new 5 piece band. I’m joined by two great chicks and a couple of likely lads.

The album is out on November 4 through Sony Music. So it’s new album, new sound, new band, new label. I should get a haircut too.

We will tour from the release date through to Christmas, playing a lot of my favourite rooms -the ones that sound good and aren’t too big.

Sneaky observations, new lyrics, photos and a video of a piano/vocal demo will be on this Facebook page over the coming weeks, so to keep most up-to-date please go here and click on “like” http://on.fb.me/nj3Twq

Come and say hello – I’ll be out front after the show as usual,

Soon,

Tim

AUSTRALIAN IDLE TOUR DATES

WED 9th NOV – SPOTTED COW – TOOWOOMBA
TIX www.oztix.com.au & Venue 4639 3264

THUR 10th NOV – JOE’S WATERHOLE – EUMUNDI
TIX THRU VENUE 5442 8144

FRI 11th & SAT 12th NOV – THE ZOO – BRISBANE
TIX www.thezoo.com.au or www.oztix.com.au

THURS 17th & FRI 18th NOV – STREET THEATRE – CANBERRA
TIX THRU THE VENUE 6247 1519 & www.thestreet.org.au

FRI 25th NOV – THEATRE ROYAL – CASTLEMAINE
TIX THRU www.theatreroyal.info VENUE 54721196

SAT 26th NOV – CORNER HOTEL – RICHMOND
TIX www.cornerhotel.com Ph: 94279198

SUN 27th NOV – MULLUM MUSIC FESTIVAL – MULLUMBIMBY
TIX www.mullummusicfestival.com

FRI 2nd DEC – LAUNCESTON COUNTRY CLUB – PROSPECT VALE
TIX 1300 795 257 or www.tixtas.com.au

SAT 3rd DEC – WRESTPOINT CASINO SHOWROOM – SANDY BAY
TIX 1300 795 257 or www.tixtas.com.au

FRI 9th DEC – THE GOV – ADELAIDE
TIX www.thegov.com.au www.moshtix.com.au/default.aspx? or www.venuetix.com.au
Phone: 83400744

TUES 13th & WED 14th DEC – LIZOTTES – NEWCASTLE
TIX www.lizottes.com.au 49562066

THURS 15th DEC – ORANGE EX-SERVICES CLUB – ORANGE
TIX VENUE 6362 2666

FRI 16th DEC – ROTH’S WINE BAR – MUDGEE
TIX VENUE 6372 1222

SAT 17th DEC – THE METRO – SYDNEY
TIX 9550 3666 www.ticketek.com.au

Greeting All,

Greetings all.

I’m working on some new songs and I’ve got on a bit of a roll. How I’ve missed these little jigsaw puzzles.

I’m going to do two solo shows at The Vanguard to try them out on Thursday and Friday May 20 and 21. A fully seated affair again, with more space between the rows downstairs. Tickets go sale Wed 17 March, at http://sa2.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/TicketRequest?eventId=100128465&presenter=AUVANGUARD&venue=&event

My friend Perry Keyes released his wonderful third album on March 5. I play pump organ and piano on track 16, “Boxing Day”. Please consider ordering the album for a ridiculous $12.99 from JB Hifi, and get a set of four drinks coasters http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/pop-rock/johnny-ray-s-downtown-bonus-coasters-signed-copy/482353

Perry and I played the song on NSW Stateline on ABC Television. The segment is online at http://www.abc.net.au/news/video/2010/03/05/2838163.htm Also I will be playing a solo set at his album launch at Notes in Enmore on Saturday April 17.

I will be giving more succinct and slightly more frequent updates via Twitter which I am now utilising. And to think I used to be an early adopter.

You can sign up to my Twitter thingy here http://twitter.com/timfreedman . I’ll keep you informed about the making of the solo album which I am starting to hear. It’s going to have energy. It’s going to be fun.

The Whitlams four-piece are doing some shows in the coming weeks:

March
Friday 26 Mandurah, WA
Saturday 27 Mundaring Weir, Perth, WA

Full details and ticketing information at www.thewhitlams.com

We had a great time on the weekend in Canberra and Orange. Thanks to those of you who came along a and whooped it up,

All my best,

Tim

Tommorrow

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Tomorrow on “Sunrise” and “The Morning Show” – Channel 7 and Prime, The Whitlams perform with 12 of the Sydney Symphony at the following times:

7.50am Charlie No. 1 (a new arrangement)

8.50am Keep the Light On

9.50am No Aphrodisiac

Also, just announced, Tim Freedman will also be playing three solo shows in Sydney:

The Basement (Limited Capacity)
Sunday 27th December w/ Lucie Thorne
Monday 28th December w/ Perry Keyes (solo)

You can grab tickets from The Basement on 02 9251 2797.

The Vanguard (Fully Seated)
Friday 5th February w/ Perry Keyes (solo)
Theatre seating downstairs, limited dinners upstairs

Tickets for this show are available now through The Vanguard
on 02 9020 6959 or via this link

Hi everyone,

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Hi Everyone,

I’m sitting in Newtown tonight finishing off a song I’m going to sing tomorrow night for the brain surgeon Chris O’Brien’s Memorial Dinner in the Great Hall at Sydney University. They called me two days ago because Michael Parkinson had cancelled. I said “yes” because I wanted a deadline. And my knee specialist might be there, and I want to talk to him. Maybe one day I can stop saying “no” to Dancing with the Stars.

The song is about an old roadie of ours called Max, Man and Van. I spoke at his funeral last week. I suppose some people only write good songs about death.

Tickets are $1000 a head if you want to hear it. A better offer might be this:

We are doing a special corporate gig in Melbourne and they have some tickets left over, so they have now opened it up to our friends. It’s a new 200 seater venue in Preston. They are offering dinner, booze and us for $69. Only catch it’s this Friday night. Details at the end of this note.

Other news briefly is I’ve signed a new record deal with a bunch of do-gooders called Sony, so I’m writing a record which will go out under my own name sometime after I finish it. The Whitlams will still play when we’re asked and bribed accordingly, but it will mainly just be me for the next little while.

Actually my first shows playing a few of the tunes from the next album 
will be between Christmas and New Year in Sydney. I’ll be doing two 
Basement shows with reduced capacity for comfort. Opening on the 27th 
December will be the sublime Lucie Thorne and on the 28th the 
indescribable Perry Keyes. If you are away Christmas consider the one 
only (six nearly killed me last year) Vanguard show on February 5 in all 
seated mode.

Those that know say there are still some tickets left for The Whitlams and Sydney Symphony show at the Opera House on Saturday 5 December where we do Eternal Nightcap start to finish.
Tickets are available from Ticketek . Also we’re going to do the Eternal Nightcap  show in Hobart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. It will be on Wed 14th February next year & tickets will be on sale soon.

Finally, I’ll have included a link for a free download . It’s a previously unreleased live recording of “Buy Now Pay Later” with a great arrangement by Brett Dean & performed with the Sydney Symphony back in 2007.

Here’s the Preston show details,
Tim Freedman and The Whitlams playing live in an “up close and personal setting” at The Marquee at Bell City.  A fantastic nights entertainment for a special  rate of $69.00 per person for Dinner, Show and Beverages (Beer, Wine, softdrinks).  Normal price is $139.00.This special rate is being offered to fans of The Whitlams for a limited number of seats.
Friday 20 November at The Marquee at Bell City.  215 Bell St Preston Victoria.
Tickets available by phone on 1 300 737 363 or on line at www.bellcity.com.au and press the “Marquee at Bell City” button.  Enter “Fan” as the promotional code.

All my Best

Tim

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in SYDNEY with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in SYDNEY with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY

Due to popular demand, Sat 5 Dec 8PM, concert announced 

Secure the best seats before they go on sale!

Two years ago, The Whitlams and the Sydney Symphony rocked the Sydney Opera House in four sold-out shows. This December, they’re back by popular demand!

Seats to the first two shows have almost sold out and we’ve been invited to come back for a third. Tickets go on sale 8 August to the general public, but in this exclusive presale period, you can buy the best seats in the house today!

Celebrating 12 years since the release of their quadruple platinum, Aria breakthrough album, Eternal Nightcap, you can expect to hear the album in it’s entirety in the first half of the show. Organise your friends for the best night out you’ll share all year!

The concerts of 2007 were described as:
…an exciting and enriching musical experience” Rosalind Wadley -The West Australian
…the kind of arrangements which assume intelligence not just on stage but in the audience.
It’s wit and risk and flair.” Bernard Zuel – Sydney Morning Herald
…superbly orchestrated with a sophistication of sound rare in a pop gig.” Andrew Murfett – 
The Age

Special advanced Bookings are available from this Friday 31st from www.sydneysymphony.com & on 02 8215 4600.
To take advantage of this, you need to quote the presale code 2035
Tickets will then be available normally from www.Ticketek.com on August 8th.
Booking fee of $4-$5 may apply.

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP SHOWS
The WHITLAMS will be playing ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in it’s entirety at all shows except Mackay (Unfortunately the charts won’t be ready by then). Yes, this does include ‘Love is Everywhere’…!!!

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP IN MELBOURNE
Thurs 6th of August sees The WHITLAMS at the KAROVA LOUNGE in Ballarat.  Tickets available from New Generation, Karova Lounge Ph: 03 5332 9122 & Oztix  Ph: 1300 762 545

Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August sees The WHITLAMS return to their favourite rock room The CORNER HOTEL for their last Melbourne shows of the year. However, if you want to go you need to be seriously quick as there is literally only a handful of tickets remaining. For phone bookings are on 9427 9198, &  online bookings at www.cornerhotel.com

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in ADELAIDE
The WHITLAMS also will make their first appearance of the year in Adelaide at The GOVERNOR HINDMARSH HOTEL on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th of September. Tickets are available fromwww.venuetix.com.au

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in BRISBANE
The WHITLAMS will also make their first appearance of the year in Brisbane at The TIVOLI on Friday 14th August. Tickets –  www.ticketek.com.au 

The WHITLAMS in MACKAY 
The WHITLAMS will play a show with The QUEENSLAND ORCHESTRA at the Mackay Entertainment Centre on Sat 15th. For more information – www.thequeenslandorchestra.com.au

The WHITLAMS in TOOWOOMBA
The WHITLAMS do an encore performance at the Ergon Energy Flower Food & Wine Festival on Saturday 19th September.   www.tcof.com.au     Tickets from the Empire Theatre Box Office on 1300 655299

The WHITLAMS in WA – A DAY ON THE GREEN
The WHITLAMS will join Kasey Chambers, James Reyne, Ross Wilson & Dragon to play A DAY ON THE GREEN at Sandalford Wines,Swan Valley,WA on Sunday, 8th November.  Tickets atwww.ticketmaster.com.au

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in SYDNEY with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY
ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in SYDNEY with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY

By popular demand The Whitlams will return in their only Sydney shows of the year to reprise their Sydney Symphony collaboration at the Sydney Opera House. This time to mark twelve years since the release of their classic breakthrough album “Eternal Nightcap”, The Whitlams and the Sydney Symphony will play “Eternal Nightcap” in its entirety in the first half of the show. “Eternal Nightcap” was their third album and led them to win Best Group at the 1998 ARIA Awards. Last year in ABC TV’s vote for the nation’s favourite 100 albums of all time it polled at No. 27. The Whitlams and the Sydney Symphony collaboration is considered the benchmark for rock and classical unions. The concerts of 2007 were described as:

“…an exciting and enriching musical experience” Rosalind Wadley -The West Australian
”…the kind of arrangements which assume intelligence not just on stage but in the audience.
It’s wit and risk and flair.” Bernard Zuel – Sydney Morning Herald

…superbly orchestrated with a sophistication of sound rare in a pop gig.” Andrew Murfett –
The Age 

December 3 and 4 in the Concert Hall are the dates to remember for this special concert.

Special advanced Bookings are available from this Friday from www.sydneysymphony.com & on 02 8215 4600.
To take advantage of this, you need to quote the presale code 1927
Tickets will then be available normally from  www.Ticketek.com on May 16th.

 

ETERNAL NIGHTCAP IN MELBOURNE

After the resounding success of the 3 Hamer Hall concerts late last year with the Melbourne Symphony, The WHITLAMS return to their favourite rock room The CORNER HOTEL for their last Melbourne shows of the year.
Tickets are now on sale for their Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August shows and phone bookings are on 9427 9198, online bookings at  www.cornerhotel.com .


ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in ADELAIDE

The WHITLAMS also will make their first appearance of the year in Adelaide at The GOVERNOR HINDMARSH HOTEL on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th of September. These will both be All-Ages shows & tickets will be available from www.venuetix.com.au from Monday next week.All these shows will have the band play the album ETERNAL NIGHTCAP in it’s entirety, followed by a set of other favourites.

 

Hello all
 

Hello All,

The “Best of ” year and tour are now over, so thanks to everyone that came along or bought the album. It’s time to look ahead. But first some gigs.

Just announced so you can still get early bird tickets is a two night performance in Sydney with some of my friends singing songs about women. It will be quite a funny evening I think. If it goes well I hope to bring the show to other capital cities over the next year. The press release for “Pillow Talk” is below, and under that some more dates including Jackson Browne, The Garden of Earthly Delights in Adelaide (all solo) and a full Whitlams’ show at The Quarry in Perth.

Then I’m going to write and record. What, I don’t know,

Cheers
Tim


“Pillow Talk” at the Basement

Tim Freedman has recently completed a sold out solo tour in which he combined archival images of his past loves with the songs he wrote about them, and also an explanation of why they were written. Tim enjoyed presenting these intimate shows so much he was inspired to seek out his closest friends for an evening of secret men’s business.

Pinky Beecroft (Machine Gun Fellatio & The White Russians), David McCormack (formerly of Custard, now David McCormack & The Polaroids) and Perry Keyes (chronicler of Sydney’s inner city and winner of Radio National’s Album Of The Year) were quizzed by Tim about their tales of love and lust – what we would have given to be a fly on the wall that night.

From there it was a hop, skip and a jump to the idea that yes, these four fine friends are all lovers of women and they like declaring such in song. Having sold over a million albums between them the boys have the war wounds, the one liners and the songs to fill a teenager’s diary. Observe Beecroft’s “Pussytown” and “Unsent Letter” , Freedman’s “No Aphrodisiac”, McCormack’s new “A.V.O” and the old classic “Anatomically Correct”, and Keyes’ love song for “Fairfield Girls” (although generally he prefers to stick to single mothers on methadone wheeling prams).

For two special nights at the Basement, four of Australia’s most interesting songwriters join forces for the first time with a hand- picked backing band to tell their tales of love won and lost, of spare parts for broken hearts, of lust and the lack, and of the stuff that wet dreams are made of. Urbane and slightly insane, these troublemakers can’t wait to tell you how it is, of the women they’ve loved and the women they wished had loved them back.

Until Feb 7 early bird tickets are $35 plus booking fee. Thereafter tickets will be $42 plus booking fee.

When: Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March

Where: The Basement, Reiby Place, Sydney

Tickets: Dinner and Show 02 9251 2797

General Admission online at www.thebasement.com.au

Fri 20th March – Moshtix

Sat 21st March – Moshtix 


Shows 

Fri 30 & Sat 31 Jan
The Quarry , Perth SOLD OUT

Sun 1 Feb
The Quarry, Perth some tix left
Web: 
Bocs Ph: 1800 193 300

Tues 24 & Wed 25 Feb
The Spiegeltent in the Garden of Earthly Delights, Adelaide (solo)
Web: 
Fringe Tix Ph: 1300 374 643

Thur 26 Feb
The Soundlounge, Currumbin, Gold Coast (solo)
Web: 
The Soundlounge Ph: 07 5534 7999

Sat 28 Mar
Lizottes, Central Coast (solo dinner and show)
Web: 
Lizottes Ph: 02 4368 2017

Jackson Browne opening spots between Fri 27 Feb and Sun Mar 15. All shows are listed at www.thewhitlams.com

 

 

 

 

This Issue

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In this issue:

  • A letter from Tim Freedman
  • Links to pre-order ‘Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You’ 
  • Watch exclusive footage of Tim Freedman 
  • ‘Best Of’ national tour dates


A Letter From Tim Freedman

Hi Everyone,

We’ve been pretty quiet since the orchestral tour ended last November, but that’s about to change with the “Best of” out this Saturday, a big tour coming up, and lots of waffling in the newspapers, radio and TV over the next few weeks.

Terepai has been with Missy Higgins in America much of this year but he’ll be back in time for the Hobart date in mid August and doing the rest of the tour. Jak has been playing with lots of different bands around Sydney and grown the thickest beard I’ve seen (think Charles Manson meets 1969 Lennon), and Warwick has been looking after his little boy. I put together the live album that went out with newspapers, went to France for a while and ate cheese,

had knee surgery and worked on the “Best of”.

I’ve also been spending time with my little girl. I think the Sydney Morning Herald will talk about that in a story this Saturday. They came to my house and I couldn’t be bothered taking the photos off the wall. Her name is Alice. She is three.

I’m in Melbourne tonight. There’ll be a story in the Sun Herald Sun down here, and I’ve talked to the Advertiser and the West Australian and Courier Mail in the last few days. Yes, it’s been the week of reminiscing.

The “Best of” flows really well I think. Everyone will have their own preferences for this type of collection, but this is my version. If you have lots of the albums you may not need it, but you will notice the following.

– the new track with Torcha and The Queensland Orchestra “The Road is Lost”

– “Keep the Light On” and “The Curse Stops Here” live with the Sydney Symphony

– a new mix of Gough

– single mixes of “Melbourne” and “I Make Hamburgers”

– DVD with a long interview with me talking about the songs and with clips of “Ease of the Midnight Visit” and “Fondness Makes the Heart Grow Absent” from the Sydney Opera House concerts last year.

At least now if someone asks me to give them one of my albums I know which one.

Finally, you might catch us on television this week if you want. I’m doing an interview with Today Tonight this Thursday morning which they intend to try and get ready for that night. Later on that night we are on the Rugby League Footy Show playing 8 choruses on the way in and out of ad breaks, and doing a full song at the end. Then the next morning we are playing “I Make Hamburgers” and “Thank You” on Sunrise. The songs are on at 7.40am and 8.50am usually.

We’re looking forward to the shows over the next few months. Some are with Symphony Orchestras (Melbourne and Hobart), some with 30 piece female orchestra (Sydney) and some with the good old 4 piece. We’ll concentrate on the “Best of” songs, but I’ll make sure to throw in a few rarities (maybe the best B-side “Coming Up for Air”) and some covers.

The links below are for pre-ordering a signed physical copy of the “Best of” from JB HI Fi and for a YouTube channel that will be showing parts of my interview about the songs over the next week, with new stuff going up every few days.

Be kind to teenagers,

Tim Freedman

 


 

Links To Pre-order & Watch The Whitlams

Pre-order ‘Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You at JB Hi Fi 

Watch exclusive footage of Tim Freedman speaking about songs off the new album out August 2 onYouTube

  

 


The Truth, Beauty & A Picture of You 2008
National Tour 

Thursday 7 August
Davistown RSL, Central Coast
Tickets available from the venue Ph: 02 4363 0199

Friday 8 August
The Brewery, Maitland
Tickets available from the venue Ph: 02 4933 578

Saturday 9 August
Dubbo RSL, Dubbo
Tickets available from the venue Ph: 02 6882 4411

Friday 15 August
Wrest Point Casino, Hobart 
with The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Tickets available from Wrest Point Ph: 1300 795 257

Friday 22 & Saturday 23 August
The Gov, Adelaide
Tickets available from Venue Tix

Thursday 4 & Friday 5 September
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets available from OzTix 

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 September
State Theatre, Sydney
with 30 piece female orchestra “Symphonie des Femmes”
Tickets available from Ticketmaster  

Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 & Friday 26 September
Hamer Hall, Melbourne
with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Tickets available from Ticketmaster  

Saturday 4 October
Belmont Sailing Club, Newcastle
Tickets on sale soon

Thursday 9 October
Late Night Festival Hub – McCabe Park, Wollongong
Tim Freedman solo
Tickets available from the venue Ph02 4226 3366

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 October
Tilley’s, Canberra
Tickets available from 
Canberra Ticketing

Friday 17 October
Lizotte’s, Kincumber
Tim Freedman solo
Tickets available from Lizotte’s 

Saturday 18 October
Mullum Civic, Mullumbimby
Tickets on sale soon

Sunday 19  October
Caloundra Festival, QLD
Tickets available from Caloundra Music Festival 

 

Friday 24 October 
Tank Art Centre, Cairns  
Tickets available from Ticket Link or Ph: 07 4031 9555

Saturday 1 November 
Regal Theatre, Perth 
Presented by Supersonic & Mix 94.5
Tickets available from Ticketek

Friends of The Whitlams

Dear Friends of The Whitlams,

There simply is “no aphrodisiac” like The Whitlams and the Sydney Symphony joining forces for two magical shows on 20 and 21 September, 2007 in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.

Front-man Tim Freedman and the band will play their hits of the last decade plus great new material arranged just for the Sydney Symphony. The band continues to be a prominent force on the Australian music scene with their current album Little Cloud moving towards being their 4th consecutive platinum album.

Book your tickets to The Whitlams with the Sydney Symphony during the special ‘Friends of The Whitlams’ internet pre-sale which starts today.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday 30 April at 9am.

To book simply click on the link below which will take you to Sydney Symphony event page and enter the specialpromotional code: 1160 to log on and access the booking page.

http://www.sydneysymphony.com/event_detail.asp?s=573

BOOK NOW!

Solo Shows

Dear Friends of The Whitlams,

2007 is not just over yet. We still have more solo shows for our FOW to see out the year.

2007 Dates with Tim Freedman:

FRI DECEMBER 7 – Lizottes, Central Coast NSW
Tickets from Lizottes or call 02 4368 2017

THUR DECEMBER 20 – The Basement, Sydney NSW
SOLD OUT

FRI DECEMBER 21 – The Basement, Sydney NSW
SOLD OUT 

FRI DECEMBER 28 – The Heritage Hotel, Bulli NSW
Tickets from the venue or call 02 4284 5884

SAT DECEMBER 29 – Milton Theatre, Milton NSW

Tickets from Country Leather Milton 02 4455 3056 or Mailbu Music 02 4455 5693

MON DECEMBER 31 – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
Tickets from the venue or call 02 9544 3844

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Now for those of you already planning 2008 the Sunshine & Clouds tour has been announced.
2008 Sunshine & Clouds Australian Tour
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