Wolfmother Members Depart

Wolfmother Members Depart

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's self titled debut album is one of the most successful Australian rock releases this century. It has sold over 1.3 million copies and received multiple ARIA Awards and a Grammy – making them the first Aussie band to receive such an award in 25 years. Other highlights for the group have included appearances at just about every major music festival in the world, sharing stages with Pearl Jam, The Who and The Strokes, and a special performance inducting the legendary Led Zeppelin into the U.K.'s Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross will make no public statements at this time except to say that they are each really looking forward to making their new music over the years ahead.

In the meantime they simply ask all Wolfmother fans to please understand that in spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not find a harmonious way to work together and that has lead to the decisions announced today. http://www.wolfmother.com


[Published on: 8/7/08]

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BGsteveBG Thu 8/7/2008 09:52AM
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Jbsgroove Thu 8/7/2008 10:00AM
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so that leaves 1 guy in the band? SO....name your new band something else. I'm not down with everyone leaving the band and still keeping the name. I.E. Guns N Axl. and yeah, BIG SIGH: DONT' CARE

Woody Thu 8/7/2008 10:01AM
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if you have 3 people in a band and 2 of them leave, then remaining member shouldnt keep the band name: common sence

and too bad, these guys were pretty good

SpreadRed87 Thu 8/7/2008 10:17AM
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It always sucks to see a good band go at least I got to see them!!

WidespreadMule3 Thu 8/7/2008 10:34AM
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wolfmother were my favorite band for a really long time and to hear this news really makes me sad. andrew is amazing guitarist and singer so he'll still carry the awessomeness but it wont be the same without myles and chris..

johnnygoff Thu 8/7/2008 10:36AM
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You gotta love this youtube offering where Faith No More's Mike Patton disses 'the mother of wolves' @ Lollapalooza...


BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 11:20AM
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What's with the thumbs down??

Besides, it's not surprising that the other 2 dudes left the band, if the singer is gonna keep the band name it shows how much of a douche he must be

gmoo Thu 8/7/2008 11:50AM
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^^^ That youtube clip is hilarious. General Patton looks genuinely sick to his stomach.

allthink Thu 8/7/2008 11:52AM
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guess they couldnt connect with their 'minds eye'

Death Cube K Thu 8/7/2008 12:20PM
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Death Cube K

out with the old. in with the new.

Smittea Thu 8/7/2008 12:34PM
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Let me guess... the only one left is the psycho looking guy in the middle....

FATTY64 starstarstar Thu 8/7/2008 12:52PM
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Sucks the drummer left, but if you have ever seen the band live you will agree that losing Chris Ross is not a big lose or even a loss at all. Hope that The Wolf well return or Stockdale comes out with some sick project!!

ScIFreak Thu 8/7/2008 01:21PM
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acomma Thu 8/7/2008 01:33PM
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I have a Wolfmother cd literally laying by my feet... Is it worth listening to?

Muffinman1 Thu 8/7/2008 01:35PM
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Wolfmother rules! or ruled I guess I should say. Sorry to this happen.

bigchris starstar Thu 8/7/2008 03:14PM
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Lame news! These guys put the "power" in power trio. Too bad they couldn't get over their own shit to bring the rock. White Unicorn was epic live. They will be missed.

Jeff Kash Thu 8/7/2008 05:02PM
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Jeff Kash

Mother wolf is leaving the pack? Cry me a fucking river.

rainydaywomen420 Thu 8/7/2008 10:16PM
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Cola21 Thu 8/7/2008 11:03PM
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I'm not going to make assumptions, but if anyone thinks Wolfmother sucks just because they had a song on the radio and decided "i'm not listening to these guys," then your opinion is invalid.

Wolfmother was a quality rock band. I saw them live and they tore it up. Stockdale knows how to handle a guitar. I was going to say that they were a "solid" rock band, but they've fallen apart so obviously that's not the case.

If Stockdale brings the heat with two other guys, he can name his band "Ima Big Twatbag" and I'll still listen.

And should I bother running down the list of asshole band members who you may or may not think is a god? Nah, I won't.

briank67 Fri 8/8/2008 02:34AM
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Muffinman1 Fri 8/8/2008 05:37AM
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briank67, Thank you so much for making me realize that I should never take a suggestion on music from you. Sorry that your so insecure that you can't listen to a band that had a song on TV or the radio. Pop formats, come on bro, these guys shred and Dead Meadow is a joke compared to Wolfmother.

AmshMisfit starstar Fri 8/8/2008 07:06AM
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I love how that Patton clip is labeled 'jealous prick disses wolfmother'. I enjoyed their album, but they are a bit generic. Rose Hill Drive is better. www.rosehilldrive.com

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Fri 8/8/2008 08:35AM
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jackstraw1984 Fri 8/8/2008 08:45AM
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BGsteveBG Fri 8/8/2008 10:08AM
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Jackstraw... Thank goodness you stopped after 30 seconds.... the beginning is the least worst part.

briank67 Fri 8/8/2008 10:31AM
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briank67 Fri 8/8/2008 10:34AM
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Jesterlee Fri 8/8/2008 11:17AM
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"common sence" nice one Woody

briank67 Fri 8/8/2008 01:02PM
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acomma Sat 8/9/2008 12:24AM
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briank, what a joke of a song!!! haha!! A third-grader could have written better lyrics for a song. I agree completely.

Jeff Kash Sat 8/9/2008 12:59PM
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Jeff Kash

briank67 - I will continue to thumbs-down every comment you make. You have yet to contribute anything worthwhile to any of these discussions. You are clearly uptight and have shitty taste in music and values. Thanks.

keithrichardsforpres Sun 8/10/2008 09:10AM
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briank67 I'll back you up here, Dead Meadow are the real deal. Wolfmother is ok. Pretty much an Ozzy/Sabbath ripoff as far as I'm concerned, and fairly boring as all their songs sound the same. Dead Meadow is awesome though!

Jack Straw Berry starstarstar Tue 8/12/2008 09:49PM
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Jack Straw Berry

wolfmother = hype...Grow up and write some songs to go with those riffs...

Jack Straw Berry Tue 8/12/2008 09:53PM
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Jack Straw Berry

oops...Dead meadow mo betta...but kinda different music subgenres, don't you think?