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ASK THE ARTIST WITH JOEL O’KEEFFE (AIRBOURNE) PART 2

Posted on June 13, 2008

Here we continue the Q&A (with questions lovingly supplied by yourselves) with Joel O’Keeffe of AIRBOURNE we started yesterday…

Any chance of your 2004 album that was independently released in Australia being reissued? Or the songs being re-recorded and released in some other way? – Charles Cannon
Gday Charles. Yeah hopefully one day we’ll either re-record it or actually release the old one. When we recorded it we used our saved up money from gigs and used to sell it at shows, it was never actually officially released on a label. But if ya know someone who’s got a copy of it, get them to burn one for ya.

What is your favourite song on your new album and why? – Jimmy Strong
Gday Jimmy. Well I love playing them all live but this week it’s Hellfire, coz it’s about touring and playing live and we’ve just started the first UK/USA tour for 2008.

How does it feel being compared to AC/DC all the time and were they an influence? – Owen
Gday Owen. We’re honoured to be compared to AC/DC, they’re the best Rock’n’Roll band in the world. The first time I seen them live was in melbourne when I was a kid and they absolutley blew me away with their power of Rock’n’Roll. Yeah AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, The Poor, Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs are our main Aussie Pub Rock’n’Roll influences.

How has the success from the UK and America affected the band? – Lozza
Gday Lozza. We are still the same as always, we’ll never change we’re country boys from Warrnambool and we’ve even still got the same jeans and chesty bonds we bought whilst working at the pub 6 years ago.

Have you ever had any outrageous incidents of fans coming up on stage in the past? – Lauren
Gday Lauren. Every time someone jumps up on stage it’s great, we love rockin out with them and fightin’ off the security guards.

How important is rock n roll to you and the band? – AJay
Gday Ajay. Rock’n’Roll to us is like sex to a nymphomaniac, we need it every second of every day.

If you could choose any big band or famous singer as your support act, who would you like to choose? – Aki
Gday Aki. Well we’d like to have been on the bill at one of the legendary Sunbury festivals.

Did you boys meet in high school? Did you always know you wanted to play professionally? – Gemma-Kate
Gday Gemma. I met my brother Ryan when he was born and then met Dave when we worked at the pub and Ryan met Justin at a drinking session in the Thunder Point sand dunes. But yeah we’ve always loved Rock’n’Roll and always knew it was gonna be our path.

Airbourne have recently confirmed a full UK tour for November. Tickets are on sale NOW and you can catch them at the following venues:

Sat 1st Nov – Cardiff University
Sun 2nd Nov – Bristol Academy
Wed 5th Nov – Birmingham Academy
Thu 6th Nov – Sheffield Octagon
Fri 7th Nov – Liverpool Academy
Sat 8th Nov – Manchester Academy
Mon 10th Nov – Dublin Vicar Street
Tue 11th Nov – Belfast Limelight
Thu 13th Nov – Inverness Ironworks
Fri 14th Nov – Dundee Fat Sams
Sat 15th Nov – Glasgow Barrowlands
Mon 17th Nov – Newcastle Academy
Tue 18th Nov – Leeds Metropolitan University
Wed 19th Nov – Stoke Victoria Hall
Thu 20th Nov – Nottingham Rock City
Sat 22nd Nov – Oxford Academy
Sun 23rd Nov – Norwich UEA
Mon 24th Nov – Cambridge Junction
Wed 26th Nov – Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall
Thu 27th Nov – London Astoria

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