Joel O’Keefe, frontman for Australian hard rockers Airbourne, cuts a buff, shirtless figure on the cover of the group’s sophomore album, “No Guts, No Glory.” But he’s quick to give credit to the artist and designer for putting his best pecs forward.
“It’s like an action movie cover or something,” O’Keefe says. “We did some live shots in the middle of a tour, back in 2008, and then these guys in Australia drew what they saw. And at first, they ripped me up too much, so we said, ‘You need to tone that down a bit, please.’ I looked like Conan the Barbarian or something.
“In mid-tour, when the lighting’s right, you can look pretty good. Otherwise the burger and the beer take their toll.”
O’Keefe and company are enjoying plenty of that now that they’re back for a fourth tour of North America. The road work paid off for 2007’s “Runnin’ Wild,” which launched a pair of Top 20 rock radio hits in the U.S. — “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast” and the title track — and also made it to No. 21 on the band’s homeland charts.
Consequently, O’Keefe says, “there’s more people that know about the band this time around.” But what Airbourne knows, and loves, about the U.S. has not changed too much.
“The burgers are still good, the beer’s still good, the women are still fine,” he says, “and it’s all good out there.”
Bullet For My Valentine, Airbourne, Chiodos and Arcanium perform Sunday, May 30, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $29.50 and $19.50. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com.
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