Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale insisted to Classic Rock Magazine writer Dave Ling that the Australian band’s revolving lineup isn’t because he’s a tyrant. “Being in a band offers so many different challenges. I have a good relationship with most people that have been in this band – but there are things you just can’t change,” Stockdale explained. “Two guys quit on me. The next drummer couldn’t handle the touring and wanted to stay at home. That’s not my fault.”
Previous Wolfmother members:
Chris Ross – quit citing “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”
Myles Heskett – quit citing “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”
Dave Atkins – left the band “to spend much-needed time at home with his family”
Aidan Nemeth – quit February 2012
Will Rockwell-Scott – quit February 2012
Andrew Stockdale – vocalist
Ian Peres – bassist
Vin Steele – guitarist
Elliott Hammond – keyboardist
Hamish Rosser – drummer
Andrew Stockdale checked in with his Twitter followers (@positron76) earlier this evening, revealing that after posting a Wolfmother cover of ‘Easy Lover’ by Phil Collins on YouTube, the video sharing site shut down band’s account down. The singer writes:
Due to our Phil Collins “Easy Lover” cover the Wolfmother YouTube channel has been shut down!
That is YouTube shut us down! Very strange?
We don’t know if it’s copyright or the bare breasted 70’s painting, either way they ain’t feeling the love …
Well it’s official we are banned from YouTube due to Phil Collins Easy Lover cover, kind of hilarious!
We’re going to Vimeo as we speak!
Wolfmother announced recently they’ll be appearing at the 2011 installment of the Big Day Out Festival. The Australian band is looking forward to getting out in front of their home country fans at the annual concert series. For more info on Big Day Out, visit www.BigDayOut.com.
Big Day Out 2011
Fri Jan 21 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt Smart Stadium
Sun Jan 23 – Gold Coast, Queensland – Parklands
Wed Jan 26 – Sydney, New South Wales – Showground, Homebush
Sun Jan 30 – Melbourne, Victoria – Flemington Racecourse
Fri Feb 4 – Adelaide, South Australia – Showground
Sun Feb 6 – Perth, West Australia – Claremont Showground
Wolfmother are out with the video to their new single ‘White Feather’, the third release from the Australian rock group’s second studio album ‘Cosmic Egg’, out now on Modular Recordings. Watch the Snakes & Ladders directed video via Yahoo! Music below.
Wolfmother performed the ‘Cosmic Egg’ single ‘White Feather’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ in Hollywood on Tuesday (November 24). Watch it at YouTube.
The Killers and Wolfmother covered The Animals ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ at Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto on September 6th. Watch footage via YouTube below.
Wolfmother have announced their first North American headlining tour in over 2 years, which kicks off at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on the 29th of October, wrapping up 20 cities later at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. The band are touring in support of their forthcoming album ‘Cosmic Egg’, out October 27th. Supporting Andrew Stockdale and his bandmates will be thenewno2 and Heartless Bastards.
Limited pre-sale begins September 16th through Musictoday. Exclusive pre-sale offers include a trial membership to The Wolfies, Wolfmother’s official fan club. General on sales for all shows begin Friday, September 18th.
The tour dates are as follows:
October 29 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
October 30 – Stubbs – Austin, TX
October 31 – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA
November 2 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
November 3 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
November 4 – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C.
November 6 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
November 7 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
November 8 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
November 11 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ONT
November 12 – Clutch Cargo – Pontiac, MI
November 13 – Riviera Theater – Chicago, IL
November 14 – State Theater – Minneapolis, MN
November 16 – Ogden Theater – Denver, CO
November 17 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
November 19 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
November 20 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
November 21 – Queen Elizabeth Theater – Vancouver
November 23 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
November 24 – The Wiltern Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Wolfmother’s Transmissions From The Cosmic Egg Episode 1 features a behind the scenes look at the Australian rock group in Byron Bay, where much of the ‘Cosmic Egg’ record was born and pre-production took place. Viewers see the studio where Wolfmother were laying down some cover songs and Andrew Stockdale talks about the process behind the CD’s creation, his take on the record itself and plans for the forthcoming live onslaught. “Sometimes I kind of thing are these songs good enough? Will people like them? All that kind of stuff,” Andrew says. “But you know, I think these songs suit me. They suit the way I sing and what I can relate to. The world I can relate to.” Watch the clip below the cut. (more…)
Wolfmother posted the following message on their blog at MySpace on Thursday (August 7):
Grammy Award winning rock band Wolfmother has announced the resignation of bass/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett effective immediately.
Singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale now plans to find other musicians over coming months and to then begin making a new Wolfmother album.
Wolfmother toured the world virtually non-stop through 2006 and early 2007 on the back of their acclaimed self titled debut album. Longstanding frictions within the group then lead them to take an extended break during the second half of 2007 to consider their future.
In early 2008 they regrouped and worked on new material. Initially encouraged by those sessions, they committed to a handful of live shows to ‘road test’ the new songs and to try to find a way forward.
Those dates concluded with a headlining slot last Sunday at the Splendour In The Grass Festival in Australia’s Byron Bay where rumours circulated about possible lineup changes.
Following that show Chris Ross decided to announce that he was leaving the band due to irreconcilable personal and musical differences. Myles Heskett has also decided to leave the band rather than continuing as part of a changed lineup. The pair has been working together on songs for some time and they plan to focus their energies on that new project in the future.
Wolfmother, Ghostwriters, Jack Johnson, John Butler Trio, Crowded House, Eskimo Joe, and Blue King Brown performed during the Live Earth Australia concert held at the Aussie Stadium in Sydney, Australia on Saturday (July 7). Check out pictures from Newspix, FilmMagic, GettyImages (show1 / show2 / show3 / backstage), and Corbis.