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Ice Work If You Can Get It
Ireland's The Answer have pulled off a major coup by bagging the support slot on the American leg of AC/DC's Black Ice tour. Cormac Neeson talks us through their first fortnight on the road.
, 24 Nov 2008
Allstate Arena, Chicago
We did our first Rolling Stone photo shoot before the show, which was one of those ‘pinch me am I dreaming?’ moments.
We went to Soldier Field for our first American Football game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. The stadium’s like Croke Park minus Hill 16. Our crewmen Trey and Van Buren explained the rules. The Bears came from behind to win 27-23 and we had a great day.
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
There’s a trap-door on stage for Angus to come through and I’ve spotted Brian there several times listening to us. It’s a bit unnerving, but nice too! Our set is a mix of songs from our first album Rise and the next one Everyday Demons, which is a bit more edgy and going down really well.
We watch the election results on the tour bus. We’re all Obama fans, and I think most music people wanted him to win. It’ll be great to tell the grandchildren that I was in the USA when the first black man was elected president. It felt like a truly historic moment.
Palace Of Auburn Hills, Michigan
We had a good chat with Angus and Malcolm Young today. They’re really down-to-earth. We’ve been talking to Brian quite a bit as well. This tour is generally a day on/day off, so we can do a little partying but not too much, maybe a few beers. With 38 gigs still to go, we’ll save the real bad behaviour ‘til nearer the end.
Rogers Centre, Toronto
AC/DC’s show really is amazing – they have this big smoking train engine sticking out above the drums, which gets replaced by a super-sized, busty inflatable woman for ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’. They’ve also got the giant bell, which Brian hangs off at one point, and the cannons at the end which are insanely loud.
Banknorth Garden, Boston
We’re learning so much about stagecraft from watching AC/DC, like we did last year when we toured with the Stones. Angus is a complete fucking legend – he did a solo tonight that lasted for about seven minutes, and the excitement level didn’t dip once. The AC/DC crew have done ten or eleven tours and they reckon there’s never as many people in to see the support act as there is for The Answer, and the reaction we get is better than any of them. At the start of our gig everybody’s sitting down very polite, but before long they’re on their feet clapping along. We couldn’t ask for more.