AIRBOURNE + support: Supersuckers at Rockefeller, Oslo –
It’s not that Airbourne is my main cup of tea either, musically speaking. It gets me dancing a bit and moving around, but I don’t actively listen to them, nor do I skip their songs if they popup in a random playlist. But I must give them the thumbs up for the fact that if at the beginning of the show they get some modest cheers from the crowd, some clapping and some smiles, by the end of it, half of the audience is soaked in beer and sweat and is probably leaving the venue thinking this was the best thing that happened to them this year.
The moments I just mentioned wouldn’t really make sense if they had been the only things that are worth watching during the show. The guys know how to get the crowd going. I say the guys, as I am pretty sure the other band members contribute somehow to the whole atmosphere and the overall good musical performance – afterall, there’s quite a good dose of riffs and crazy stunts in the band’s music – but one must admit that the energy is given by the singer Joel O’Keeffe, who must have Duracell in his DNA. He sings (rather well), runs around, headbands, jump, goes on his knees, makes jokes, sweats, plays guitar and so much more and he does it with a certain charisma that just makes the whole evening intense and gets the crowd go bananas towards the end of the setlist.
The band’s 2019 album, Boneshaker, also gave the name of the tour and is about to be released October 25th. But this hasn’t stopped the band from delivering a couple of tunes from it, showing that Airbourne sticks to the rock’n’roll that made them famous and loved among fans. I saw a guy holding a sign asking to be allowed to sing on ‘Running wild’, but sadly that didn’t happen. I’m sure it’s still a memorable evening for the guy wishing for that. At least for me it will be one and I’ll gladly witness Airbourne live again if I’m given the chance.