Guitarist/vocalist Joel O'Keeffe of Australian hard rockers AIRBOURNE has revealed to Sonic Perspectives that there are tentative plans for the band to tour the U.S. in early 2020. "Just two days ago, I was on a call with our management and talking about the U.S. and how we plan to get there," he said. "It's looking like it's going to be next year around May. It would be so great to get back there again. It's such a fun country to tour. I still remember all the times we would be on the road and pull into Walmart to take a break at 4:00 a.m. before getting to our hotel. We would go inside and ride around on children's bicycles and kick balls around the store. You can get whiskey and the little things you need. It's great to see the American countryside too; I love it. Everybody in America wants to do shots; wherever we go, they say, 'Let's do a shot!' even before I get on stage. They tell me, 'Fuck all that shit. Have a shot!' [Laughs] I'm, like, 'Okay, then I can really tear it up.' [Laughs]"
Asked if AIRBOURNE is thinking of touring America as a headlining act or as a support act, Joel said: "We are discussing a bit of both at the moment. It's mainly to go out as a headliner, but there will be shows where we are a support. We are still putting everything together. Whichever way it is, I just can't wait."
AIRBOURNE's new studio album, "Boneshaker", will be released on October 25 via Spinefarm Records. The cover artwork for the disc is a collaboration between Matt Read of Combustion Ltd., and Sean Tidy of Design House Studio Ltd.
With the creation of "Boneshaker", AIRBOURNE decided to take the bolder path; to align with Nashville producer Dave Cobb, whose credits include both Chris Stapleton and "A Star Is Born" soundtrack.
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