Rock guitarist for the band Airbourne, Joel O’Keeffe, didn’t mince words when he got to perform live on stage with the man, the myth, the legend Alice Cooper.
Joel O’Keeffe said, “If The Coop asked me to guillotine my own head off for him, I would.” The dedication is pure, but it didn’t come out of left field. O’Keeffe being a huge fan of Alice Cooper, had a bit of nerves when the Coop asked him to jump up.
“I’m in awe of him every night just trying to learn as much as I can from his rock ‘n’ roll Masterclass he’s been slaying Australia with. So when he asked me to jump up, naturally I said, ‘Hell bloody yes. I’d be honoured, mate!”
No pressure, right? While Alice Cooper more than likely would’ve been forgiving if O’Keeffe missed a note or chord, the Airbourne guitarist held himself to a higher standard.
“I just said to myself ‘Joel, if you fuck up even just one note, your head’s coming off in his guillotine,'” O’Keeffe said.
Wicked. Gnarly. But for what it’s worth, his head didn’t come off after the show. The guillotine stayed back in the French Revolution, out of sight from the Melbourne performance where O’Keeffe shredded the night away with his celebrity hero, dealing out a guitar performance like no other.
O’Keeffe and his band Airbourne are set for an American tour this spring in support of their fifth album Boneshaker. Airbourne will hit big name destinations like Sonic Temple, as well as cities like Chicago and New York.
The full tour dates can be found below:
4/30 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
5/1 — Philadelphia, PA — Underground Arts
5/2 — Washington, DC — Rock & Roll Hotel
5/3 — Concord, NC — Epicenter Festival*
5/6 — Houston, TX — Bronze Peacock/House of Blues
5/7 — Dallas, TX — Three Links Deep Ellum
5/9 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
5/10 — Daytona Beach, FL — Welcome To Rockville*
5/11 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
5/12 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East
5/14 — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
5/16 — Columbus, OH — Sonic Temple*
5/18 — Buffalo, NY — Rec Room
5/19 — London, ON — London Music Hall
5/20 — Toronto, ON — Lee’s Palace
5/22 — Quebec City, QC — Imperial Bell
5/23 — Montreal, QC — Corona Theatre
Pensacola? I expect to see you there, Airbourne!
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