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News : Airbourne – Long-time guitarist leaves the band

By on April 8, 2017

David Roads, the long-time rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for Aussie hard rock staple, Airbourne, has decided to hang up the guitar after all these years. Having served with the band as a part of their founding lineup and featuring on every album to date since Airbourne’s debut full-length record, Running Wild, this news come as a heavy hit to fans of the band.

It also comes as a new start. Taking over from Roads will be a long-time friend of the band, Harri ‘The Riff Doctor’ Harrison.

You can see the band’s full statement below,

To all Airbourne fans and friends we’ve got one Hell of an update for you!

David Roads has decided to leave the band to work in his family business. As the old saying goes, ‘you can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the boy’. We say, good on ya mate, well-played and good luck!

Now to the future, and its all guns blazing foot to the floor! 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! – Joel, Ryan & Streety

David Roads would like to say “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!”

Airbourne’s latest outing, Breakin’ Outta Hell, is out now via Spinefarm Records.


Jonathon is an aspiring fantasy/sci-fi novelist and music journalist. Thanks to the influence of the music he grew up with, he has always possessed a keen interest in metal and rock. He is also a huge fan of mythology, legend, and folklore from all across the world. You should follow him on Twitter.