Photos and review by Raven Divito
In the heart of San Francisco’s live music scene, the Regency Ballroom witnessed an explosion of hard rock on the evening of September 26, 2023. The stage belonged to Wolfmother, the Grammy Award-winning rock powerhouse fronted by the enigmatic Andrew Stockdale, with the percussive backbone provided by Nate Wagner on drums and Nick Vogelphol handling bass. Together, this trio radiated a palpable camaraderie, both musically and personally, that set the tone for an unforgettable night.
Wolfmother’s journey has been nothing short of a rock ‘n’ roll odyssey, marked by a revolving door of band members. Through it all, Stockdale has remained the unwavering constant, leading the charge. The current formation, featuring Wagner and Vogelphol, showcased a synergy that breathed new life into the Wolfmother legacy.
From the moment the first chord resonated, it was clear that this wasn’t just another rock show. The band roared to life, launching into their classic hits like “Dimension,” “Feelin Love,” and “Vagabond.” It was a musical tapestry that celebrated the genre’s rich heritage and highlighted Wolfmother’s ability to fuse it into something uniquely their own. The pinnacle came during a one-song electrifying encore of Led Zeppelin’s timeless “Rock and Roll.” It was a fitting climax to a night that reignited the torch of classic rock for a new generation.
Wolfmother’s ability to traverse the annals of rock history and emerge with a sound that is unmistakably their own solidified their status as contemporary rock legends. It was a night that transcended mere performance; it was a testament to the enduring power of rock ‘n’ roll. Wolfmother had once again proven why they stand as torchbearers of the genre, and left an indelible mark on the ears and minds of everyone at the Regency Ballroom.