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The Rock-itt : August 2011
On a magic Sunday afternoon painted with endless blue skies which seemed to have been sent by the Gods as a peace offering to compensate for the horrendous weather which has been hamm ering us for the last 3 months, I ventured down to one of my favourite watering holes, the Time & Tide Hotel in Campbell Street, Dee Why for a nice big juicy bit of covers music which is what the beer garden at the Timo for many years has been famous for. The Rock-itt had done a full feature in last month’s issue on covers band, Framed and although hearing their CD, which I loved, nothing beats seeing and hearing a band in the flesh. Noticing the car park full of cars when I arrived, I knew that there would be a good crowd inside waiting to get their hit of great covers rock & roll for the week. As I parked myself at a table just off to the right of the band I checked my trusty old camera and began clicking away as Framed belted out some fabulous no nonsense rock & roll from just about every great artist who has cut a disc in the last fifty years. Billy Joel, Jet, Rolling Stones, Stevie Write, Hot Chocolate, Pink Floyd, Queen, and ACDC to name a few. Song after song was a classic and the crowd, which seemed to grow bigger each time I looked back over my shoulder, was warming to Framed as their offerings were just what the audience wanted to listen to. This bunch of rockers had a vast repertoire which gradually turned the afternoon into Sunday arvo pub bliss. The lead vocals was strong and dynamic and had the vocal range to match the great songs which they pumped out. The harmony was also great and the guitars and drums were as good as it gets as they wailed out those magic sounds as the musos virtually strangled the necks of their guitars to get the perfect sound they were looking for. A lot of our Beaches beer gardens have gradually been disappearing over the years but thank heavens some still remain and the Time & Tide is one that is still with us and what a great place to go to on Sunday arvo. You can get a steak, salad and chips lunch for less than eight bucks and it is the best deal you will ever get for that kind of money. They serve all other kinds of food as well as kids meals. They have an immense grassed area and kids’ playground and I’ve never had a bad glass of beer from the Timo in thirty years. So next time you are at loose ends and want to get out, have a good quality lunch at a budget price, take in some fabulous music while letting the kids tire themselves out, don’t forget to give the Timo a try. If you do it once, I’ll bet like me you’ll just keep backing up for more. . Review and photos by Pete Johnson