By STEVE MASCORD
AFTER a spectacular comeback highlighted by Hot Metal‘s album of 2013 and an appearance at Sweden Rock, Kings Of The Sun are once again defunct.
Drummer Clifford Hoad has announced he is retiring the name, which he says he owns, citing personal reasons. At the same time, his brother – and the band’s original frontman – Jeffrey Hoad, is relaunching his career.
The two have had a falling out which is well documented. The band had been gone for 12 years by the time Cliff Hoad resurrected the brand.
But Clifford posted on the band’s Facebook page on January 13: “I won’t be posting anything from this page from here on as of today. Kings Of The Sun are over for me. If you would like to stay in touch & support me in my new direction & new band, you are most welcome to come over to my FB personal page, link here below. I thank you for all your loyalty & support, you guys & gals truly rock and are all legends in my heart. “May the music continue” All the best, Clifford Hoad, Rock Til Ya Die !”
Jeffrey was not involved in the Mk II version of the band, who recorded the album Rock Til Ya Die – rated by us as the best anywhere in 2013.
Jeffery Hoad, meanwhile, has announced a Sunday residency at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Gold Coast and plans to revive the subsequent project he shared with his brother, The Rich & Famous.
But he plans to do it without Clifford.
He told us, via Facebook: ” I play a mix of Kings of the Sun songs, The Rich & Famous songs, some of my all time favourites and also some numbers that I have recently written, all acoustic versions as a solo performer.
“I have been performing recently with my current line up as The Rich & Famous and have several dates booked for the future.”