Wolfmother, Druid Fluids @ The Gov, Adelaide 24/11/2022

Put the word out and they will come! That’s what Wolfmother did a week ago announcing that they would be playing The Gov seven days or so later. Incredible to think that with such a short lead time they’d sell the gig out, but they did. This was a cracking gig and watch out for local band Druid Fluids who were impressive. There’s no doubt we will be hearing a lot more from this band in 2023 and after a couple of singles it will be great to hands on an official release.

Wolfmother are a class outfit and mainstay Andrew Stockdale knows how to play a killer show. As the lights dimmed the band walked out to Europe’s The Final Countdown to thunderous applause from the sold-out Adelaide crowd. The crowd were right in to it from the get go with Dimension which was followed by New Moon Rising which morphed in to a stellar teaser of Hotel California which prompted Stockdale to thank the crowd for entertaining that idea and that they better get on with playing Wolfmother. Set staples Woman and White Unicorn were there. No one could disagree with Stockdale saying they were bringing the heat ploughing through Apple Tree and Rock Out. They certainly did bring the heat with Stockdale removing his shirt and jacket and waving it above his head as if he was victorious. This served as the perfect intro in to Victorious with Stockdale saying they still had plenty up their sleeve.

“Back in ancient time there was a land…” Stockdale remarked as they band built up their lead in to Mind’s Eye. Feelin Love could sum up what they were getting from the crowd lifting the band a couple of gears. Wolfmother classics Gypsy Caravan and Pyramid were brilliant and The Doors cover Love Me Two Times seemed unplanned but a nice bonus for fans to hear. Keeping the unplanned impromptu vibe going in Vagabond included covers Eagle Rock and Champagne Supernova was unreal. By this stage the band was buoyant and up and about playing Sweet Home Alabama and a teaser of Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold. Wowsers! Getting back on track with Love Train there was another awesome cover of Black Sabbath’s Paranoid with plenty of power riffs. This was one of those Wolfmother gigs not to have missed.

With the main set finishing on California Queen, i and Joker and the Thief the crowd started the chant for one more song. Bassist Bobby Poulton gestured with the crowd with one finger, two fingers then three fingers indicating how many songs they would play. Stockdale said new single Midnight Train was recorded in the front bedroom of his house. Rock ‘n Roll Survivor was superb with the band pulling out Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll to finish an absolute rocking Thursday night.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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