Rocker Andrew Stockdale has cancelled a solo tour of his native Australia just a day before his first scheduled performance.
The former Wolfmother frontman was due to perform a number of concerts Down Under, starting with a show in Newcastle, New South Wales on Thursday (06Jun13), but has decided to axe 12 shows due to scheduling clashes.
However, Stockdale will still perform at the launch of his first solo album Keep Moving at Sydney's Metro Theatre on Friday (07Jun13) and future tour dates for Europe and the U.S. remain unchanged.
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This Week In Albums... There was only album anyone was really talking about wasn't there? Daft Punk's much anticipated fourth LP Random Access Memories was streamed early after it leaked on the internet allowing the world's media their chance to get in quick with their gut-check reactions. Our man Joe Wilde was a little more reflective in his assessments though, and found much to love about the French duo's comeback - even if hasn't ended up being the classic that so many people were hoping for. He wrote: "Guy-Manuel and Thomas are perfectionists in every sense, and whilst the album itself isn't a perfect listen, it is still a thoroughly rewarding and worthwhile one; and what more could we and the robots have asked for?"
There were some other much-vaunted French types releasing their comeback album this Spring too; it's a case of if it ain't broke don't fix it for Phoenix. Hoewever that means we once again get an LP of intelligent pop that's as catchy as it is inventive. Jim Pusey found it to be an enjoyable listen, although he felt it lacked something that its mainstream-breaking predecessor Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix had; he commented "There's much here to like, but it lacks some of the charm that made Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix quite so endearing."
The rocker was arrested following a boozy night at the city's Archive Bar, where he caused trouble by jumping on stage and singing Beatles hit Let It Be, before sitting on the floor and refusing to vacate the premises.
He was charged with being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and resisting removal of licensed premises.
Stockdale did not appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday (22Jul11), but his lawyer entered guilty pleas on his behalf. He was fined $377 (£236).
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Rockers Wolfmother will play at Asia's largest music festival next month (Oct10) even though frontman Andrew Stockdale "freaked out" and threatened a cancellation when he discovered the gig is sponsored by a cigarette company.
A statement attributed to the singer and posted on a fan site claimed the band had scrapped plans to perform at the Java Rockin' Land festival in Jakarta, Indonesia over their opposition to an endorsement deal with tobacco firm Gudang Garam.
The Australian group's agent Joe Segreto has confirmed Stockdale wasn't happy when he found out about the sponsorship agreement, but they have decided to go ahead with the gig for the sake of their fans.
He tells Australia's Triple J radio show, "(The band's management) have pretty much confirmed Wolfmother will be performing. Andrew was freaked out but then having thought about his job as a performer... He does not endorse any tobacco company, any alcohol company, that's none of his business.
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The band was due to play a series of gigs over the summer (10) including several shows with veteran rockers Kiss and sets at Germany's Rock Am Ring this week (beg31May10) and Britain's famous Download music festival on 11 June (10).
They were also set to support Pearl Jam at London's Hard Rock Calling event on 25 June (10).
But the group has now scrapped all its European dates for June and July (10) because singer Stockdale has fallen sick.
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A coalition of record label chiefs, led by Marc Marot, former head of Island Records, want to place a legal clause in artists' contracts denying them wages if they are unable to perform due to substance abuse or self harm.
Musicians could also face suspension from their record label if they are deemed to have broken the agreement.
Marot claims the clause will only be implemented to protect vulnerable musicians.
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The pair quit the Aussie trio earlier this week (beg04Aug08), blaming "longstanding frictions" for the decision.
But Stockdale refuses to give up on the cult act and plans to retain the name while building a new band around him.
The Grammy Award winners split after performing at last weekend's (02Aug08) Splendour in the Grass festival in Australia.
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The group played at music festival Splendour In The Grass in their native Australia at the weekend (02-03Aug08), where revellers picked up on tensions between the bandmates.
Wolfmother's manager John Watson has also failed to dispel rumours of a break-up, telling Australian website Undercover.com.au: "Unfortunately, I can't make any comment other than to say that as soon as the band has clear future plans they will issue a statement and we hope to be able to do that in the next week or two."
The band won a Grammy Award in 2007 for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song Woman.
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Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale has been involved in a fight over 'compromising' photos taken on a mobile phone, according to Australian reports.
The rocker was photographed by a fan at a bar in Brisbane, Australia, at the weekend (18-19Aug07), before getting involved in a drunken brawl while attempting to erase the picture.
According to the Sydney Daily Telegraph, Stockdale became determined to erase the offending image, and got into a fight with a male friend of the owner of the phone used to take his photo.
Staff at the Emporium Hotel intervened in the argument, with Stockdale asked to return his room on the premises.