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The Tangent's Andy Tillison on life and death, punk and prog

After a break from music following a heart attack, Andy Tillison found his prog muse again thanks to the politics and polemics of Brexit. The Tangent man tells us all

They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But for a while, Andy Tillison had cause to wonder if that statement always holds true.

“We were doing well,” he says, casting his mind back to the summer of 2015. “The last album [_A Spark In The Aether_] had just come out, I was feeling pretty positive, and the next thing I knew, I’d had a heart attack and I was in hospital. And it was a big heart attack – this one nearly shut the door. And obviously it came as a shock.”

Tillison had only just celebrated his 56th birthday, and certainly wasn’t expecting to join the ever-expanding line-up of prog musicians who have passed away in recent years. And initially at least, this near-knockout blow drove our hero back into action as soon as humanly possible, as if he’d been reminded of the limited time we all have to express ourselves on this earth.

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