The Whitlams definitely have an affinity and have formed a special relationship built over many years and shows at the spiritual home of live music The Gov. This tour was no different. Friday night was sold out and no doubt Saturday night’s show would have of been extremely close to a sell out. This tour was a little more special celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of their classic album Eternal Nightcap and its legacy is just as powerful now as it was back then.
Local talent Lucas Day got things off to a flying start. Playing guitar and drums using his feet he was quick to clarify he didn’t have a twitch or anything. His swag has some great songs in it including current single Right Where I Need You. Lucas looked as if all this was too good to be true lapping it up in front of a big crowd and setting the tone for the rest of the evening.
The Whitlams are a classy act and this tour took on extra meaning by being able to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Eternal Nightcap with their fans. One would assume that this classic album would be played from start to end as it is on the album. But no! Tim Freedman said they had improved things playing the songs in the right order they think they should be right now. Opening with their big single No Aphrodisiac it was on to the Charlie trilogy in correct order – Charlie No. 1, Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2), Charlie No. 3.
Tim Freedman said that he thought it sounded like trouble with the Saturday night crowd singing the inbetween songs waiting for them to come. He asked got the crowd to think about where they were when this album came whether that was your first girlfriend or colouring in. Melbourne, You Sound Like Louis Burdett and Love Is Everywhere seemed perfectly positioned. Jak Housden took the vocals on Where’s The Enemy? Freedman quoted statistics, which varied a couple of times, on the over forties and break ups in their twenties which led in to Life’s A Beach. Freedman said that the lyric “You don’t need any coffee if you take the day off school” needed clarification to be “the day off law school” to avoid being cancelled.
Freedman recalled a conversation on the Pacific Highway in the day and the need to stop taking drugs which was the intro to Laugh In The Faces. Channelling their inner Bob Dylan Tangled Up In Blue is an awesome cover. After Band On Every Corner that was Eternal Nightcap, “thanks for listening”. The flavour for the rest of the show was one song from every album and then “we’ll see what we think of each other”.
Plenty of hits with Gough (interesting KC & The Sunshine adaptation for ‘Lizzie’s In A Box’), I Make Hamburgers, Thank You (For Loving Me At My Worst), Fall For You and Keep The Light On were great. There was a short pause for a medical episode (fortunately they are ok) before picking up Nobody Knows I Love You from the new album Sancho. Freedman remarked that there was nothing like playing new music to a nostalgia crowd adding this song was about what happened before Tinder. Another new tune In The Last Life followed with I Will Not Go Quietly (Duffy’s Song) and Blow Up The Pokies to finish a huge main set. As Freedman commented “who would have thought Adelaide would be the fun city?”
The encore featured new single Man About A Dog with Freedman adding that he thought he would never have his own super spreading event referring to how good it is being back in packed pubs playing gigs again finishing on a bit of rock ‘n roll boogie Royal In The Afternoon. Congratulations to The Whitlams on twenty-five years of Eternal Nightcap.
Live Review By Rob Lyon