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18th April 2017


Airbourne have sprung a surprise in the form of a line-up change.

Their longtime staunch mate Matt 'Harri' Harrison has now joined their ranks as guitarist as longstanding band member David Roads has decided to depart the world of rock'n'roll.

Harrison was been a part of the ever-growing Airbourne story across four studio albums and extensive global touring, helping to establish the band that was formed by brothers Joel and Ryan O'Keeffe in Warrnambool, Regional Victoria, Australia in 2003 and completed by bassist Justin Street.

A statement from the band reads:

"Roadsy has always loved rural Australia, his second passion being his family farm, and now he has decided to return to his roots to work alongside his father in the family business. We wish him well on his future endeavors.

"As the old saying goes, 'you can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy'. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!

"Now to the future, and it's all guns blazing foot to the floor! In the coming months, we look forward to introducing you to our new Airbourne Brother, he's our long time staunch mate Harri 'The Riff Doctor' Harrison. Possessing a gifted rock'n'roll right hand motor he already fits in like a well-greased piston into a V8 and we are all pumped to be bringing his powerful locomotive-like rhythm with us to rock the summer festivals!

"Cheers and see ya soon rockers!"

David Harrison commented:

"Many thanks to all the fans. It has been an absolute pleasure rocking out with you guys over the years. It was great to be a part of this wild Airbourne ride! Cheers!"

The new Airbourne line-up will be unveiled this summer when the band return to European touring action for a run of selected headline and major festival appearances, including Rock Im Park/Rock Am Ring and Full Force in Germany, Download in the UK, Nova Rock in Austria, Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium, Copenhell in Denmark and Provinssirock in Finland.

The following headline dates are also confirmed with more to follow.

10th October: Olympia, Paris, France
13th October: Melkweg, Amsterdam, Holland
25th October: Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany
27th October: Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
29th October: Barba Negra Music Club, Budapest, Hungary
31st October: Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany
2nd November: Backstage Werk, Munich, Germany
4th November: Rathaussaal, Telf/Innsbruck, Austria
6th November: Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany
7th November: Samsung Hall, Zurich, Switzerland
8th November: Batschkapp, Frankfurt, Germany

Airbourne's latest single, 'It's All For Rock N' Roll', taken from the 'Breakin' Outta Hell' album, will be available as a special 12" vinyl release for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 22nd.

This limited edition package will come complete with gatefold sleeve, bronze vinyl, plus fold-out poster, and is dedicated to Lemmy and Motörhead, as is the accompanying video which was released earlier this year and features Motörhead's legendary Bomber lighting rig.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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