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The Answer: ‘It felt like the time was right to make music together again’

Frontman Cormac Neeson on the hard rock band’s purposeful seventh album, how Covid changed the group’s way of working, and why his recent solo endeavours give him a chance to ‘get weird’

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A welcome return: The Answer (l-r); Micky Waters, Cormac Neeson, Paul Mahon and James Heatley. Photo by Rob Blackham.

A welcome return: The Answer (l-r); Micky Waters, Cormac Neeson, Paul Mahon and James Heatley. Photo by Rob Blackham.

Sundowners by the Answer

Sundowners by the Answer

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A welcome return: The Answer (l-r); Micky Waters, Cormac Neeson, Paul Mahon and James Heatley. Photo by Rob Blackham.

There have been plenty of pinch-me moments in Cormac Neeson’s music career, but none come more supersized than the day he performed in front of 110,000 people at the Hockenheim Formula 1 circuit in Germany.

It was the summer of 2009 and his hard rock band, the Answer, were supporting AC/DC on their marathon world tour. By the time they rolled into the Hockenheimring, Neeson and his fellow Co Down bandmates were no longer intimidated by massive audiences. They had already played Munich’s Olympic stadium and the tour would take then on a whistle-stop journey around some of Europe’s biggest football grounds.


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