Airbourne’s Joel O’Keeffe: 5 Guitar Solos That Changed the Way I Play

Airbourne guitarist and vocalist Joel O'Keefe presented Music Radar with a string of 5 guitar solos that basically changed his life.


Hardly surprising, three of the tracks are from AC/DC. You can check out the rundown below.

1. AC/DC – Let There Be Rock

“It’s one of those things where when you hear it it makes you want to be better at playing guitar. Live on that one he goes all over the place, right around the stadium. It’s fuckin’ rockin’.”

2. AC/DC – Whole Lotta Rosie

“It’s steaming all the way to the end when he brings it right out and finishes it. Angus is one of those guys that is right on the edge all of the time. There could be a bum note coming but he just skates through. He’s like Indiana Jones where he rolls under and reaches back under and gets his hat.”

3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird

“I remember as a kid trying to learn to play it. I don’t know if I have ADD, but I have trouble focusing on things and I have trouble trying to read something to learn it; I’m much better listening and learning and that’s what I tried to do with that solo.”

4. AC/DC – Thunderstruck

“Let me see, anything guitar solo that I love… fuck, they’re all AC/DC!”

5. Metallica – The Unforgiven

“For a slow, ballad-y song, it is a real ripper, especially having seen the videos on the making of the ‘Black Album.’ Kirk gets some of the respect he deserves as a guitarist because he’s the lead guitarist, but James Hetfield doesn’t.”


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