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Airbourne

Formed: 2001
From: Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Airbourne News

Below is our complete Airbourne news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Motorhead Announces U.S. Tour

Rock legends Motorhead have announced a huge headlining U.S. tour scheduled to kick off in September. The rock gods will be joinined by a host of support acts including Misfits, Airbourne, Valient Thorr and Year Long Disaster.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 3 - San Diego, California @ House of Blues
September 4 - Las Vegas, Nevada @ House of Blues
September 6 - Denver, Colorado @ The Fillmore Auditorium
September 7 - Kansas City, Missouri @ Harrah’s
September 9 - St. Louis, Missouri @ The Pageant
September 10 - Madison, Wisconsin @ Orpheum Theatre
September 12 - St. Paul, Minnesota @ Myth
September 13 - Grand Rapids, Michigan @ The Orbit Room
September 18 - Baltimore, Maryland @ Rams Head Live
September 19 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ The Electric Factory
September 20 - New York, New York @ Roseland Ballroom
September 21 - Asbury Park, New Jersey @ Stone Pony Parking Lot

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Rockstar Mayhem Tour Cancels Sacremento Show

The promoters of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem tour have posted the following message:

"Due to Northern California wild-fires, July 11th (Sacramento) Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Performance Rescheduled to Monday July 14th

"Concerned for the health and safety of our patrons, performers and employees, Live Nation announces a date change for Sacramento's scheduled Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival at The Sleep Train Amphitheater. The air quality and temperature are expected to improve by end of weekend, allowing for the event to be moved to Monday, July 14th and show time will remain 1:30pm. Tickets purchased for Friday, July 11th will be honored.

"As we enter the second week of wild fires, and the recent 100+ degree temperatures, it is in the best interest of all involved that the tour date be rescheduled as conditions are expected to improve over the weekend. A variety of city and county officials have urged area residents to avoid long-term exposure to the outdoors and limit outdoor recreational activities."

"We sincerely regret this unavoidable cancellation and apologize to fans for any disappointment caused," says tour co-founder John Reese. "And while we're thankful that the show can take place on Monday, our thoughts are with the families in this area during this difficult time. Refunds will be available at original point of purchase." More...

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Archer Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Archer has performed with some of the biggest names in rock including, Heaven and Hell, Heart and Sevendust. The band is looking forward to sharing the stage at the Sweden Rock Festival (www.swedenrock.com) this summer alongside such metal giants as Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Poison, RATT, Triumph, Saxon, Disturbed and many more as they return to Europe.

The Santa Cruz, CA-based power trio, who won "Best Local Band 2008" in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, takes the stage on Saturday, June 7th, opening for some of the biggest names in the metal music genre. The Sweden Rock Festival is held in Norjeboke, in the tiny village of Norje which is situated in Sölvesborg in the western part of southern Sweden.

Archer’s debut album "Doom$day Profit$" is a "genuine tour-de-force, rich with powerful songs imbued with that essential combination of brain-burrowing melodies, ripping riffs, pulsing basslines, tsunami drums and grab-by-the-throat vocals." The band cites influences that include Ozzy and Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica and other legendary names.

Here is the current lineup for the Sweden Rock Fest 2008, which takes place June 4th - 7th: More...

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Lemmy Appears In New Airbourne Video

Aussie rockers Airbourne have recently posted their new video for the song "Running Wild" online. The song is also the title track from the bands latest album. In the video, Motorhead mainman and rock God Lemmy makes a brief cameo appearance. Check it out at this location.

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More Acts Confirmed For Download Festival 2008

A posting on the official Download festival website has confirmed that six more bands have been announced. Legendary former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is one of the acts confirmed who has been away from the UK for many years. Aussie rockers Airbourne have been added to the bill aswell as have southern rock favourites Black Stone Cherry. Irish Indie band Ash are also announced as have Elliot Minor. Finally, drum and bass act Pendulum are scheduled to perform.

This year's lineup has been the most controversial one yet. Many fans in the UK have been complaining of its choice of headliners and other acts with more British metal festival goers deciding to attend foreign festivals than before. More...

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Airbourne Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

In a posting on the official Wacken Open Air website, it has been revealed that Aussie rockers Airbourne will join the festivities at the German event. They will join a bill which already features such big names in metal as Iron Maiden, Kreator and Exodus.

Unfortunately for many Europeans and beyond, the festival is sold out but there will be more festival announcements to come.

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More Rock Star Mayhem Tour Dates Revealed

The following dates have been released for the “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival” tour, which is set to feature SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, MACHINE HEAD, MASTODON, DRAGONFORCE, SEVENDUST, THE RED CHORD, 36 CRAZYFISTS, SUICIDE SILENCE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, WALLS OF JERICHO, BLACK TIDE, and AIRBOURNE:

July 9 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 11 - Marysville, CA @Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 12 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 15 - Fresno, CA @ Selland Arena
July 16 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 18 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
July 19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 20 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
July 22 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 23 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
July 25 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Centre
July 26 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 27 - The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 29 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre at State Fairgrds.
July 30 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 1 - Atlanta, GA @ HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
August 2 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
August 3 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 6 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Molson Amphitheatre
August 9 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post-Gazette Pavilion
August 10 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 13 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
August 15 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 16 - Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
August 17 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 21 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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Airbourne Announce More Dates

Australian rock band AIRBOURNE has scheduled the following dates:

Feb. 21 - Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 23 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Feb. 26 - Roxy - West Hollywood, CA
Feb. 27 - Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
Feb. 29 - Bluebird – Denver, CO
Mar. 01 - Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
Mar. 04 - Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
Mar. 05 - Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
Mar. 06 - Pop’s – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
Mar. 08 - Diamond Ballroom - Oklahoma City, OK
Mar. 09 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 10 - House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
Mar. 11 - Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX
Mar. 12 - Meridian – Houston, TX
Mar. 14 - Midnite Rodeo – Abiline, TX
Mar. 17 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 18 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
Mar. 19 - The Social – Orlando, FL
Mar. 20 - Studio A – Miami, FL
Mar. 21 - Fuel Coffeehouse – Jacksonville, FL
Mar. 23 - Poor House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
Mar. 24 - Cattle Annie's - Lynchburg, VA
Mar. 25 - The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
Mar. 26 - Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
Mar. 28 - Middle East Upstairs - Cambridge, MA
Mar. 29 - Jack Rabbit Slims - Albany, NY
Mar. 30 - Maxwell's - Hoboken, NJ
Mar. 31 - Northstar - Philadelphia, PA
Apr. 02 - Imperial De Quebec - Saint-Romuald, QC
Apr. 03 - Les Saints - Montreal, QC
Apr. 04 - Zaphod Beeblebrox - Ottawa, ON
Apr. 05 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Apr. 06 - Small's - Hamtramck, MI
Apr. 08 - A1A Entertainment Complex - Lexington, KY
Apr. 09 - The Machine Shop - Flint, MI
Apr. 10 - Subterranean - Chicago, IL
Apr. 11 - The Annex - Madison, WI
Apr. 12 - The Rock Nightclub - Maplewood, MN
Apr. 17 - Rock On The Range - Colombus, OH

Support at the shows will come from ENDEVERAFTER and STONE RIDER.

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Airbourne Announce US Tour Dates

AIRBOURNE have just moved from Australia to New Jersey, and on return from their sold out tour of the UK, the boys will be doing a select run of shows across the USA throughout February and March. Confirmed dates are listed below.

The band's debut album, Runnin' Wild, was released this week in the US, Canada and the UK.

February
21 - Urban - Salt Lake City, UT
23 - The Boardwalk - Sacramento, CA
26 - Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
27 - Beauty Bar – Las Vegas, NV
29 - Bluebird – Denver, CO

March
1 - Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
4 - Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
5 - Outland Ballroom – Springfield, MO
6 - Pop’s Nightclub – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
9 - White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
10 - House Of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
11 - Lola’s – Ft. Worth, TX
12 - Scout Bar – Houston, TX
14 - Midnite Rodeo 3 – Abiline, TX
18 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
19 - Social – Orlando, FL
20 - Studio A – Miami, FL
21 - Fuel – Jacksonville, FL
23 - Poor House Music Hall - Raleigh, NC
25 - The Handlebar – Greenville, SC
26 - Recher Theatre – Baltimore, MD

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Airbourne Land WWE Official Theme Song

Australian hard rockers Airbourne's crowd-starter "Stand Up For Rock n' Roll" has been announced to be the official theme song for the WWE's RoyalRumble event taking place on Sunday the 27th of January at Madison Square Garden. The event airs live on Pay-Per-View at 8pm EST so if wrestling and wild music is your thing, tune in! Airbourne's new album, "Runnin' Wild", will hit store shelves everywhere on Monday. WWE even conducted an interview with Joel O'Keeffe, vocalist and lead guitarist of the band. Excerpts follow:

Joel: “There’s a bit of aggression in the song. It’s also a good-time, rock ‘n’ roll song, and WWE is also a good time, as well. It’s entertainment, so the Royal Rumble really fits with this song. Wrestling is one of the best forms of entertainment in the world. And ‘Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is just one of those rockin’ tracks that seems to go well with people getting their heads smashed in!"

Describing "Stand Up For Rock n' Roll" as a call to arms, Joel said "Back in Australia – I don’t know if it’s like this over there, too – they closed a lot of pubs down where a lot of good rock ‘n’ roll bands could play or where bands could play in general. It’s about that, and also neighbours now, for some reason, have the ability to shut pubs down when they’re moving, and then the consulate comes around and gives them a government bill kind of thing that says you can’t have bands anymore, it’s too loud, the neighbours aren’t happy. So ‘Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll’, that’s what it’s about. Rock ‘n’ roll is meant to be loud – that’s what it is – and you have to stand up for it!"

As for Airbourne’s favorite WWE Superstar, the Aussies are big fans of the Texas Rattlesnake. “‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, he’s the best. His persona is exactly what we’re like as people, as well,” O’Keeffe explained. “We love getting pissed, we love breaking shit, we like swearing and all those kinds of things. He just comes out and kicks ass, it’s great!”

U.S. fans can expect to see more of the band in the near future because they’re heading to New Jersey. “We’re flying to the United States on January 29 and we’re doing four days of promo. Then we go straight to the U.K. for about three or four weeks, and then we fly back and start our U.S. tour around the end of February,” O’Keeffe said. “I know there are New York dates and that kind of thing coming up.”

You can listen to 'Stand Up For Rock n' Roll' at this location, or check out the band's MySpace.

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Airbourne Post New eCard Online

Aussie rockers AIRBOURNE - who release their debut album, Runnin' Wild, in North America on January 29th via Roadrunner - have launched a new eCard at this location. In it, you'll find music and video, tour dates, band photos, wallpapers, and IM icons as well as the option to pre-order the album.

As previously reported, Airbourne has booked the following UK tour dates:

February
5 - Oxford, England - Jericho Tavern
6 - Birmingham, England - Bar Academy
7 - Exeter, England - Cavern Club
8 - Manchester, England - Roadhouse
9 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Hive
10 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
11 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
12 - Bristol, England - Louisiana
16 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
17 - Stoke, England - Sugarmill
18 - London, England - Borderline More...

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Airbourne Post New Song Online For Streaming

The title track of AIRBOURNE's debut album, Runnin' Wild, is currently available for download at this location.

As previously reported, Runnin' Wild, hits store shelves on January 29th and AIRBOURNE has booked the following UK tour dates:

February
5 - Oxford, England - Jericho Tavern
6 - Birmingham, England - Bar Academy
7 - Exeter, England - Cavern Club
8 - Manchester, England - Roadhouse
9 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Hive
10 - Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts
11 - Nottingham, England - Rock City
12 - Bristol, England - Louisiana
16 - Sheffield, England - Corporation
17 - Stoke, England - Sugarmill
18 - London, England - Borderline More...

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Airbourne Announce UK Dates

Australian rock 'n' rollers AIRBOURNE are all set to bring the party to the UK in February 2008, announcing a string of headline shows. Tickets will go on sale shortly; special guests are yet to be announced. The dates are as follows:

Feb. 05 - Oxford - Jericho Tavern
Feb. 06 - Birmingham - Bar Academy
Feb. 07 - Exeter - Cavern Club
Feb. 08 - Manchester - Roadhouse
Feb. 09 - Edinburgh - Hive
Feb. 10 - Glasgow - King Tuts
Feb. 11 - Nottingham - Rock City
Feb. 12 - Bristol - Louisiana
Feb. 16 - Sheffield - Corporation
Feb. 17 - Stoke - Sugarmill
Feb. 18 - London - Borderline

AIRBOURNE will be touring in support of its hotly anticipated album "Runnin' Wild", set for release on January 28 with bonus OpenDisc content.

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Airbourne Frontman Slams Jet And Wolfmother

Joel O'Keefe, lead singer and guitarist for Australian "pub rockers" AIRBOURNE, recently explained to ChartAttack.com exactly what separates his band from the rest of the Aussie pack.

"JET and WOLFMOTHER are not for real. We are," he said. "That's the difference. They're not for real. They're doing it to be cool, and you can tell. They're starting to lose their fire. They're not Aussie pub rock. You can tell an Aussie pub rock band from a mile away. Like ROSE TATTOO, for example, that's an Aussie pub rock band. AC/DC were an Aussie pub rock band with Bon Scott. WOLFMOTHER and JET are a bad example of rock that comes out of Australia. They're just carbon copies of something they want... they're wannabes. They're like 'American Idol' or something like that. They're not legit."

Roadrunner Records will release AIRBOURNE's "Runnin' Wild" debut in North America on January 29, and O'Keefe is confident that his band will be able to translate the success they've enjoyed in Australia, where the record was released in the summer. That's something that other Aussie rockers like POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR haven't been fully able to do.

"Well, POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR, one important thing, they're both not rock 'n' roll bands," O'Keefe said. "Two, they're not concentrating on those markets enough.

"They got families back home in Australia and they don't get out over there as much as we intend to. We intend to move [to the U.S.] for good. Australia will become a tourist destination for us. We're all going to live in a house together. We've been living in Melbourne together as a band for three years. Our production manager is coming with us, so there's going to be five of us in the house."

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