Airbourne

Sunday 17th November

O2 Academy, Newcastle

As soon as Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown's equipment had been removed and you got to see Airbourne's hoard of Marshall amps stacked up, this was going to be loud.... very loud.... and it was. They quoted Motorhead as being the loudest band ever, but this can't have been far behind that. On the plus side, when I got home the wife was trying to say something to me and I had to try and read her lips. It was deafeningly good and Ryan O'Keeffe has to sit in the middle of these, night in night out.

What can you say about Airbourne that hasn't been said already? Probably nothing to be honest, they just continue to give and give epic performances, like they did tonight and it's not just about the music, it's becoming a full show laced with Aussie based humour, a bar on stage, Joel being the bartender, mixing the drinks, passing them around the band, pouring beers and hurling them in plastic containers into the crowd like the 'Golden Over' in the Ashes, and for one lucky lady who caught one, Howzat! Maybe it's a way of taking a breather, as they bloody earned it, but it works. Four lads making music, having a ball doing the kind of stuff some of us dream of.

The Warrnambool madmen have put on yet another master class show to the delight of the Geordies, the Makems and the Smoggie faithful. That's Newcastle, Sunderland and Teessiders to you. Blasting out relentless hit after hit with a good blend of old and only a few new. A few I was surprised to hear amongst them. You could argue that, as measure of a bands success, comes with some of the tracks that they leave out from the setlist, tracks such as 'Diamond in the Rough', 'Blackjack', Cheap Wine and Cheaper Women', 'No Way But The Hard Way', 'It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over', 'Chewin The Fat', 'Overdrive', 'Back On The Bottle' and Back In The Game'. None of which made the cut for this gig or maybe even the tour.​ Hopefully when they headline a festival (And they will one day, mark my words), we will be treated to a full setlist. Oh how I long for that day.

If you are wondering whether to attend this 'Boneshaker' tour, then go for it, it is 100% pure enjoyment and superb value for money. If you miss them, Download Festival has just announced them as attending in 2020. Excellent news for me as I have already booked my early bird ticket.

Full set list (I think)!! As I lost my pad.

Raise the Flag
Too Much, Too Young.
Burnout the Nitro
Girls in Black.
Backseat Boogie.
Bottom of the Well​
Breakin' Outta Hell.
It's All for Rock 'n' Roll
Boneshaker
Live It Up.
Stand Up for Rock 'n' Roll
Ready to Rock.
Runnin' Wild.(With an extended beer throwing session)

Tony Burgum (including photos)

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