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|Birth name||Tom Van Laere|
|Born||1975 (age 38–39)
|Genres||Rock, blues-rock, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
Admiral Freebee is a Belgian singer-songwriter, born in 1975. Tom Van Laere is his legal name. He took his name from On The Road, the novel by Jack Kerouac. Admiral Freebee is also the name of a ship that sank in San Francisco Bay and was subsequently used as a buoy.
Van Laere was born in Brasschaat, near Antwerp. He participated in Humo's Rock Rally, one of the biggest rock competitions in the Low Countries. Backed by a bass guitarist and a drummer he was awarded the silver medal and won the audience's vote. His first album, Admiral Freebee, appeared soon after the competition on Universal, as did his second, Songs.
Recently one of Belgium's most influential rock formations, dEUS, asked Admiral Freebee to be the supporting act on their European tour. In June 2009 Admiral Freebee was the support act for Neil Young on several European tour dates.
|The Honey and The Knife||2010|
|Wild Dreams of New Beginnings||2006|
|"Always on the Run"||2010|
|"Rags 'n' run"||2002|
|"Ever present" / "There's a road" (Noorderlaan)||2002|
|"Recipe for disaster"||2005|
The Admiral Freebee Freighter
According to Jack Kerouac in On The Road, Admiral Freebee is also the name of a ship that sank in San Francisco Bay and was subsequently used as a buoy.
"There was an old rusty freighter that was out in the bay that was used as a buoy." Jack Kerouac - On The Road - Part I - Chapter 11 - Page 73 - Penguin Books - 1976."And I never spent the night on the old ghost ship- the Admiral Freebee it was called..." Jack Kerouac - On The Road - Part I - Chapter 12 - Page 80 - Penguin Books - 1976.