Partying: Joel O'Keeffe

Where are the best aftershows?

On the bus, cos we’ve got a bar downstairs. And everyone in the band and the crew gets on really well.

You seem open to partying with fans.

Yeah, that happens a lot. On the last tour through Europe, we were in Sweden I think, and we went drinking in this bar in town. There was a bunch of fans and they had Trooper ale [Iron Maiden’s branded beer] there, so it was lots of fans all on the piss together. Awesome!

How do you play gigs with a hangover?

As soon as the intro tape rolls it’s just like: one, two, three, go! It doesn’t matter if you’re hungover, you’re healed for the next ninety minutes.

When did it first seem like a good idea to open a can of beer with your head?

I used to bash it with my hand. One time I split my wrist open. It was bleeding. So I thought: “Fuck it, I’ll just use my head.”

Ever tried to befriend wildlife while drunk?

I did sort of try to befriend a kangaroo once. We’d been driving, and it had been hit by something, so we stopped and tried to push it off the road. It jumped up, and I was like, “Fucking hell, it’s huge!”

What do your parents make of all this?

It’s kind of a Warrnambool attitude to life. When you grow up there, there’s nothing to do other than play footie, be in a band, and everything in between is just drinking.

Would you say that true happiness is an A chord or a beer with friends?

True happiness is when you’ve been drinking with friends and then you pick up a guitar and hit an A chord.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.