How does a band from Northern Ireland get attention for its first album release in the U.S.?
The Answer found, well, the answer — opening for AC/DC on most of its “Black Ice” world tour.
“The music we play is very well-suited to the kind of fans AC/DC attract,” frontman Cormac Neeson, says of The Answer’s blend of classic influences such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Free and even AC/DC. “So far, we haven’t had a single bottle thrown our way yet, and the crowd seems to get into what we do, which is great.”
The Answer — which also has opened for the Stones, the Who and Aerosmith since forming nine years ago in County Down — also has seen increased sales for its sophomore album, “Everyday Demons,” in each city it plays with AC/DC. And Neeson, 28, is pleased to report his group also has developed a rapport with its hard-rocking headliner.
“We’ve gotten to be quite friendly with them,” Neeson says. “You can’t really help it; you bump into them every night at some point backstage. They’re very good guys, very down to earth. They don’t believe in setting the headline band apart from everyone else.
“Brian (Johnson, AC/DC’s singer) is the one we see most. He often jumps into our dressing room for a bit of banter and a drink. And the other guys will talk to you for as long as you want. I don’t have a bad word to say about those guys; they’re surprisingly grounded for as successful as they’ve been.”
The Answer performs with AC/DC at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 16) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $92.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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