Andrew Stockdale, the lead singer and guitarist of Wolfmother, told the crowd in the middle of his performance that when someone asked him the previous night what his Halloween costume was, he responded, tongue-in-cheek, “Carrot Top.” However, unlike the comedian Carrot Top, Wolfmother’s performance didn’t go stale after 10 minutes, but rather it continued building in energy until the climactic encore performance of their most famous song, “The Joker and the Thief.”
Wolfmother put on quite a show at the Observatory North Park on November 1st, and like the rock stars of the 1970s that Stockdale has drawn so much influence from, their performance was energetic and psychedelic enough to be worthy of a slot at Woodstock.
Furthermore, I noticed was the older demographics of the audience. Many fans appeared to be in their 50s and 60s, the same people who grew up listening to bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, effectively giving Wolfmother a stamp of approval from the fans of the greats.
Looking at the crowd, it was obvious that the high octane music was fueling the fans, at one point resulting in a sizable mosh pit developing in the middle of the floor.
The strongest song of the night was their performance of the song “White Unicorn” which resulted not only in the massive mosh pit and half of the crowd head banging, but also included an over 2 minute break of psychedelic sounds flooded in reverb and delay coming mainly from Stockdale’s guitar.
Apart from the older hits, Wolfmother performed much of the music from Stockdale’s most recent album “Slipstream”with numbers such as the eponymous track and Lazy proving Stockdale and the rest of Wolfmother still has a lot energy left in them.
Written by: Alex Vasquez
Photos by: Alex Vasquez