O’Keeffe grounded by Airbourne game
Airbourne frontman Joel O’Keefe admits he can’t play his own song in Guitar Hero – and he was bested by his four-year-old nephew when he tried.
His band released new album Black Dog Barking this week, and O’Keefe has taken the opportunity to discuss what his instrument means to him.
Asked to name the worst guitarist he’s ever heard, he tells GuitarTV: “It’s me on Guitar Hero. I can’t fucking play that thing. I’m the shittest at it. I couldn’t play my own song on the thing.
“I went home for Christmas ages ago and one of my cousins was there. He was only four, and he could play not only my song, but all the Guns n’Roses ones, the Metallica ones – and I couldn’t even play my own, which is the easiest of all.”
When it comes to his top influence O’Keeffe cites Rolling Stones icon Keith Richards. “I watch Keith play guitar and there’s something about his playing, I don’t know what it is, but it’s so cool,” he says. “The notes he picks, the feel, the way he goes down low and his over-the-shoulder thing.
“When I was young it was Angus Young and Keith Richards and I didn’t know which way to go. The riffs like Satisfaction and Jumpin’ Jack Flash – so cool.”
And asked which axe hero he’d most like to meet, the Australian replies: “If I could have a conversation with Hendrix I’d really love to do that. I’d love to figure out what he’s thinking. I know he’s on another planet doing what he does, but I’d like to have a jam with him. I’d do the rhythm – I’d be too nervous to fuck up in front of Hendrix.
“I’d love to talk to him about rock’n'roll – he knew something that none of did, and none of us can figure out.”