People who don’t know Airbourne need to turn up their hearing aids or crawl back out from under their rocks. The Australian quartet doesn’t come over to the States very often, but after releasing their 4th stellar album, Breakin’ Outta Hell, it looks like they are going to become very in-demand.
By opening up with “Ready to Rock” and “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast” the set started off very aggressively. Front man and guitarist Joel O’Keeffe was on another level of hyper. Joel running all over the stage was a sight to see. “Chewin’ The Fat,” “Rivalry,” and “Girls in Black” kept the plane in flight. Ryan O’Keeffe absolutely crushed it on the drums while bassist Justin Street rounded out the powerful rhythm section.
“Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women” and “Breakin’ Outta Hell” really allowed rhythm guitarist David Roads to shine. Those tunes were killer and featured a very noticeable duel guitar attack. Again, Joel is a star, but a team is only as good as all the members and David’s quality playing is not to be ignored. He is a valuable part of Airbourne’s sound. “No Way but the Hard Way” and “Stand Up for Rock N’ Roll” closed out the main set.
The encore featured “Live It Up” and “Runnin’ Wild.” Those two songs left the crowd with nothing in their tanks. Heavy and fast is the way to end a show, which Airbourne totally delivered. Their name fits because their set is just like a plane dropping a bomb. Upon dispatch, it builds and builds until the impact, finally exploding. They are the top dogs of the new hard rock bands, take notice.