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Just how metal is Airbourne's Joel O’Keeffe?

"I just lay in the bath puking and pissing on myself" – Airbourne's Joel O'Keeffe takes on Hammer's brand new Metal Test

What's the most illegal thing you've ever done?

“I do a lot of shit that I don’t know if it’s illegal or not. I tried to steal a mate’s car when I was drunk once. But I started driving backwards and before I had the chance to drive away with it I was thrown out of the car.”

What's the most metal album you own?

“The most metal album I own is Kill ’Em All by Metallica. I bought it on cassette tape when I was a kid and I must’ve played it over and over again. We used to have a cabin in the backyard of the house we grew up in Warrnambool and I climbed up on the roof one day with my parents’ record player and speakers. When Jump In The Fire came on, I jumped off the roof and fucked up my ankle. It’s still fucked to this day.”

What's the worst injury you've ever had?

“I’ve never broken any bones, touch wood. The worst thing I’ve ever done was in Amsterdam. We went to the Hard Rock Café and the guys behind the bar recognised us, so they said we could have any drinks we wanted for free. We ended up drinking pints of beer with double shots of Jack in each one and I walked out of there pissed as a maggot. Then I went to cross the road and somehow tore all the ligaments in my foot – the same foot that I fucked up jumping off the roof to Jump In The Fire. And this was at the start of the tour. I would’ve loved to have done an Axl Rose or a Dave Grohl but we didn’t have time to make a chair, so I just took a load of painkillers every day and hopped on one leg at every show. It got to the point where I started shitting blood. Bad times.”


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