Wolfmother’s performance at The Observatory North Park on September 14th, 2023, was a testament to the enduring power of rock ‘n’ roll. Their sold-out show on the inaugural night of their Fall US tour, Stockdale’s genuine appreciation for the crowd, and the band’s electrifying performance made a powerful mark on everyone present. Wolfmother proved that their music and live show is still very much a celebration of the essence of rock ‘n’ roll.
Wild -haired front man Andrew Stockdale wore a genuine smile throughout the raucous performance, clearly delighted by the enthusiastic San Diego turnout. He took several moments to express his gratitude, addressing the packed venue with heartfelt thanks and appreciation for selling out the first night of the tour and starting things on a high note.
As the lights dimmed and the crowd roared in anticipation, Wolfmother took the stage. From the very first chord of “Dimension,” it was evident that this was going to be a crazy night. The atmosphere of the packed audience sparked with electricity as Wolfmother dished out song after song from albums across their expansive career.
Classics “Woman” and “Apple Tree” transported the audience back to the band’s first album, reminding everyone of the raw power that catapulted Wolfmother to fame, recalling a time when San Diego fans may recall seeing Wolfmother perform here at Street Scene back in 2006.
Stockdale’s soaring vocals and blistering guitar solos at The Observatory were as spellbinding as ever. In the midst of it all, the band’s camaraderie shone through, despite several new faces on stage. The chemistry of the band was undeniable, and it was clear that they were feeding directly off the energy of the audience. The venue’s lighting and production values enhanced the spectacle, transforming the stage into a mesmerizing visual canvas.
The climax of the night came during the closing songs and encore, with Wolfmother’s thunderous rendition of “Joker & the Thief” and a cover of Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll.” The audience erupted in a chorus of cheers, their voices uniting with Stockdale’s in an electrifying crescendo. It was the perfect conclusion to a night filled with heavy rock classics and tons of breathtaking musicianship.