Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

Like Wow! He must be wiped out!

Dave Faulkner announced via the Hoodoo Gurus Facebook page, that drummer for thirty years, Mark Kingsmill will be leaving the iconic Australian rock band at the end of March. They even contemplated breaking up but they have decided to continue on performing and recording with a new drummer. They have a few more shows coming up with Mark behind the drumkit, including the Red Hot Summer Tour in Tasmania on Saturday the 31st of January.

Mark Kingsmill was a member of early Sydney punk band The Hellcats, way back in 1977 when Ron Peno was going under the Iggy Pop inspired moniker of Ronnie Pop. He was also a member of The Hitmen, New Christs and The Screaming Tribesmen, as well as a few other bands. Mark's younger brother Richard is well known as triple j's Music Director.

Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

Here is the complete message posted by Dave via social media.

Good morning.

We in the Gurus have been sitting on some very significant news for a couple of months now but, as we have no gigs this weekend, now's as good time as any to break the news:

Mark Kingsmill, our drummer for the last 30 years, is retiring from the band at the end of March.

Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

I won't invade Mark's privacy by going into elaborate detail about his reasons other than to say he feels he's had enough of this vagabond rock 'n' roll lifestyle we all lead. Though he still enjoys playing drums, Mark has completely lost his appetite for the endless travelling and the many hours of hotel room boredom. The physical demands of playing the drums as energetically as he does are also exacting a higher toll on his body than ever before. Really, who can blame him for wanting a change?

None of us want to see him go and, to be honest, we even contemplated breaking up the band rather than try to replace him. Apart from all the personal upheaval that his retirement entails (yeah, we're gonna really miss him!) there will also be a significant change to the band's musical personality. Mark, like James Baker before him, has a unique style of drumming and no-one else will ever be able to replicate it. Inevitably our sound will change - it's up to Brad, Rick and I to make sure that the next person is as inspirational a player as Mark has always been, and that we don't diminish as a band. That will be no mean feat but, trust us, we will not settle for anything less than someone we feel is a perfect fit.

Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

Most of Mark's adult life has been dedicated completely to music and it's easy to understand that he wants to begin a new phase. We're just grateful we've had the opportunity to work together for as long as we have. Thanks for everything, Mr. Kingsmill, it's been amazing!

Meanwhile, we still have a few shows left to enjoy working with Mark. Next weekend (Sat 31st) we'll be in Launceston with the Red Hot Summer Tour (that concert has been sold out for a while) and we have a few more in March that I'll talk about as they get nearer. The Gurus have no concerts in February but Brad and I are doing a run of solo shows in NSW (mostly around Sydney) which I've posted about previously. Also, The Television Addicts, which is James Baker and I "covering" our old Perth punk band The Victims (assisted by Rah Ahn from The Hard Ons) will be doing a run of shows in mid-Feb, playing for one night only in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. I'll post more about that soon.

So there you have it. Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but, really, there's also a lot to celebrate in our having had Mark play with the Gurus for so long. Three decades together is an incredible achievement and I'll have a lot more to say about this over the coming weeks.


Hoodoo Guru Drummer Mark Kingsmill Announced Retirement

Some recent photographs of Mark Kingsmill from One Electric Day at Werribee Park (9th Nov 2014) by Carbie Warbie.

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