Airbourne: That Time We Accidentally Exited the Venue Instead of Going Onstage & Couldn't Get Back In

"I don't know what country we were in at the time."

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Airbourne: That Time We Accidentally Exited the Venue Instead of Going Onstage & Couldn't Get Back In
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Airbourne frontman Joel O'Keeffe was asked by Guitarist Magazine whether the band ever had any Spinal Tap moments during tours, to which he replied:

"It actually happened!

"I don't know what country we were in at the time, but we were about five or 10 minutes late to the stage.

"We ended up accidentally going out an exit door backstage and we couldn't figure out how to get back.

"We ended up going back in through the ticket stalls with the guitars and we walked through the crowd and got back on the stage.

"We couldn't work how to get to the stage from the backstage area - and they almost didn't let us in.

"They were like, 'Have you got tickets?' I'm like, 'We're going to play a gig... We haven't got guitars and no shirts on because we're just into the high life!'

"But I think our guitar tech had his triple A and then they went, 'Ah cool, no worries.'"

Asked to single out a "non-musical item could you not do without on tour," Joel replied:

"I've got a couple of those Bose speakers that I set up and I've also got one of those Marshall things that you plug into like a dock - it's more of a speaker thing.

"I couldn't really do without my hotel room sound. I take it everywhere I go to get the tunes going. Touring would be hell without that!"

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Jenrac
    I know people hate on this band for sounding like AC/DC, but I can't help liking them. They're just fun rock & roll.
    beggar__
    People who hate on them should burn in some progressive-math-metal-nonsense hell. This band is what rock n´roll is about. I can listen to them all the time and it always pumps me up. We need more bands like them! Like if sounding like AC/DC was something bad!! They just carry the torch.
    Spinnerweb
    Yep. I was listening to Airbourne's debut album on the bus today and was thinking, it's stupid how some people hate this, if a band can serve up crunchy three-chord rock n roll well, and they're good at it, then it's all good.
    seanbodkin
    You will never see a better show in a theatre venue than Airbourne! A fist-pumping, sweat-drenching rock and roll good time!
    ben_hall_x2
    I've never bought one of their albums, but good goddamn I've gone to their concerts. They make even a 10am festival slot a highlight
    mattmaki89
    I thought this artical was going to be " the time we accidently started the show with an acdc song and no one in the crowd noticed"