Wolfmother @ The Observatory North Park – 11/01/2018
Australian Hard Rockers Wolfmother recently paid a visit to San Diego CA on November 1st at The Observatory North Park. The band is on a short tour of the western states in between festival gigs at Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas and the Mother of All Rock Festivals in Monterrey, Mexico. Guitarist/Singer Andrew Stockdale remains the sole original member of the band’s lineup and is clearly the leader of the pack.
Stockdale is a truly talented front man with his wild hair bouncing to and fro as he ripped through tons of guitar solos and stalked the stage throughout the night. Playing with him on this occasion were new Wolfmother members Katie McGurl on keyboards, Brad Herald on bass guitar, and returning touring drummer Hamish Rosser. Sadly missing from the band’s lineup is Stockdale’s frequent collaborator keyboardist Ian Peres who played on Wolfmother’s last three albums.
The band’s most recent record Victorius was released in 2016 and in concert the band tore through renditions of “Gypsy Caravan,” “The Love That You Give” and title track “Victorious.” In addition a few of Stockdale’s solo tracks that he blended into the set seemed to fit perfectly with the Wolfmother vibe. Classic rocker “Lazy” complete with tons of cowbell and a full on 70’s vibe is from his 2018 solo release Slipstream. However, many of the evenings highlights were of course versions of the legendary songs from Wolfmother’s eponymous first album from 2005. “Dimension,” “Woman,” and encore song “Joker and The Thief” really got the crowd going and drew the night’s biggest singalongs.
Wolfmother is a fantastic festival act with tons of recognizable songs, and its very cool to see Stockdale still putting out new music that he’s clearly passionate about. Catching the band in a beautiful small venue like The Observatory is always a treat for the fans. Here’s hoping it won’t be too long before Stockdale brings his talents back to Southern California.
Wolfmother Set List:
Dimension | New Moon Rising | Woman | Slipstream (Andrew Stockdale song) | Apple Tree | Gypsy Caravan | White Feather | Vagabond | California Queen | Lazy | (Andrew Stockdale song) | Pyramid | The Love That You Give | Victorious | Colossal
Encore: Joker And The Thief