Whitfield Crane

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Whitfield Crane
Crane at the 2017 Wacken Open Air
Crane at the 2017 Wacken Open Air
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Whitfield Crane IV
Born (1968-01-19) January 19, 1968 (age 54)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
GenresRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1987–present

William Whitfield Crane IV (born January 19, 1968) is an American singer and founding member and lead vocalist of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, which was formed in 1989. He has also worked in music outside his band, from performing guest vocals on numerous songs to contributing to musical efforts with other rock bands such as Life of Agony, Another Animal, and Richards/Crane.

Early life[edit]

Crane was born on January 19, 1968, in Palo Alto, California. His father left the family when Crane was little. After his father's departure, Crane started to be interested in rock music.[1]

Work outside Ugly Kid Joe[edit]

During Ugly Kid Joe's inactivity, Crane went on a year-long tour with New York hard rock band Life of Agony before forming Medication with ex-Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader. Due to a series of internal issues, Medication disbanded in February 2003.

Over the years, Crane has performed guest vocals on several songs, including "Reaching Out" with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (from the Lynn Strait tribute album Strait Up), "Born to Raise Hell" by Motörhead (also featuring rapper Ice-T) and "Voodoo Brother" by Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest.

Crane's filmography includes Ellie Parker, in which he has a cameo appearance as an acting student, and Motörhead's 25 & Alive Boneshaker, where he appears as himself.

In 2006, former Ugly Kid Joe bandmate Shannon Larkin asked Crane to join a side project he formed with members of Godsmack (minus Sully Erna) called Another Animal, as primary vocalist. Crane accepted, and the band released its self-titled debut album in 2007. In support of their debut, the band went out on tour, opening for labelmates Alter Bridge. However, they have suffered poor record sales, and the future of the band is currently unknown.

Crane performing in 2002

In 2011, he performed with metal tribute band Hail! in Istanbul, Turkey. He made regular appearances with Motörhead – the last being at the O2 Academy Glasgow on November 9, 2012, singing "Killed by Death".

In 2016, Crane collaborated with Lee Richards, formerly of Godsmack, to form a band called Richards/Crane. The band released an album titled World Stands Still.[2]

Orchestra of Doom[edit]

On July 29, 2016, at the Teatro Ristori Theatre in Verona, Crane unveiled his new classical music project Orchestra of Doom. Fronting the Machivelli 32-piece Orchestra, Crane sang classics by Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, as well as tracks from Ugly Kid Joe and his acoustic based project Richards/Crane. The Orchestra was conducted by Andrea Battistoni and featured only acoustic instruments.[3]

In June 2019, it was announced that Crane along with executive producer Pat Cash[4] would be bringing Orchestra of Doom to Australia in December for two shows in Melbourne and Sydney.[5] Following the same format, Whitfield will be fronting the 35-piece Philharmonia Orchestra.

Possible replacement for Rob Halford in Judas Priest[edit]

In an August 2019 interview with Metal Rules, Crane said that he was once offered to be the vocalist for Judas Priest while the band was in search for a new vocalist after Rob Halford's departure in 1992. He said that guitarist Glenn Tipton offered him and drummer Shannon Larkin the gig if they wanted it during the recording sessions of Tipton's solo album Baptizm of Fire. Crane explained that he couldn't accept the offer, "because you can't be Rob Halford. You can't be David Lee Roth. It'd be cool, and considering my love for Priest, which is immense, that would have been cool to do it, but not really. It's not a good move. But to jam with Tipton and to know those guys — I mean, those are my fucking heroes. Judas Priest, I mean, fuck. But man, old-school Priest, Jesus, God. So, yeah, I got offered Priest, back in the day. I never said that to anyone."[6]

Compilation credits[edit]


  1. ^ "I was raised by rock n' roll says Whitfield Crane — New Rock Times". Archived from the original on April 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "UGLY KID JOE Frontman's RICHARDS/CRANE To Release Debut Album In May". Blabbermouth. February 23, 2016.
  3. ^ "UGLY KID JOE Frontman WHITFIELD CRANE to Perform One-Off Show of BLACK SABBATH, OZZY OSBOURNE Classics with 32-Piece Orchestra".
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1134238081589137412[bare URL]
  5. ^ "Orchestra of Doom featuring Ugly Kid Joe's Whitfield Crane! Coming soon to Sydney and Melbourne". YouTube.
  6. ^ Syrjala, Marko (August 25, 2019). "UGLY KID JOE – Vocalist Whitfield Crane discusses the past, present, and the future of his career, and more". Metal Rules. Retrieved August 25, 2019.

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