Big- name rock­ers join V8s

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Bar­bara Lynch Townsville Bul­letin Wed­nes­day, March 30, 2011

AUSSIE rock band Wolf­mother will be named as part of the en­ter­tain­ment lineup for the Townsville 400 V8 Su­per­car event.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for Sport Phil Reeves and V8 Supercars chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Shane Howard will meet in Townsville to­day and are set to name the Syd­ney band.

The rock­ers last played in Townsville in Novem­ber, with front­man and gui­tarist Andrew Stock­dale say­ing at the time the band wanted to play North Queens­land gigs.

Last year, INXS played its first show in nearly three years at the Townsville 400.

Wolf­mother formed more than a decade ago with Stock­dale, Chris Ross on bass and key­board and Myles Hes­kett on drums.

In 2008, Ross and Hes­kett left the band due to ‘‘ per­sonal and mu­si­cal dif­fer­ences’’ and af­ter a brief hia­tus, Stock­dale re­turned to the mu­sic scene in 2009 with Ian Peres on bass and key­board, Ai­dan Nemeth on rhythm guitara nd drum­mer Dave Atkin­son.

Woman, re­leased in 2005, re­mains one of the band’s big­gest hits as well as Joker And The Thief, Di­men­sion and White Uni­corn.

Townsville MP Mandy John­stone said the Townsville 400 would be a mas­sive boost for the re­gion.

‘‘ It will be good for fans, good for tourism and will be great for the lo­cal econ­omy and will send out the mes­sage noth­ing beats a visit to North Queens­land,’’ she said.

The Townsville 400 is at Reid Park from July 8-10.

Pre-sale week­end gen­eral ad­mis­sion adult passes start at $ 110 and three-day GA adult passes start at $ 115. To book, phone Tick­etek on 132 849 or visit www. tick­etek. com. au.

LIVE AND LOUD: Wolf­mother and big-haired front­man Andrew Stock­dale are hit­ting the North for the Townsville 400

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