Ian Anderson Adds 6 Dates to Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull Tour

Ian Anderson Adds 6 Dates to Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull Tour

Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull TourFans of ‘prog rock’ icons Ian Anderson and the Jethro Tull band, have a treat in store with two special events announced for 2020: Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull (extra dates in May now added) and The Prog Years Tour 2020 with 11 dates during September and October by one of the world’s most successful and enduring ‘progressive rock’ bands.

Ian Anderson will be visiting a number of England’s slightly smaller venues, in April and May, for Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull, an intimate evening of performance and chat with archive video footage covering his career and the history of Jethro Tull. 

Ian will be accompanied by guitarist Joe Parrish. The audience will be invited to pose interesting and challenging questions, a format following that of the successful Rubbing Elbows with… tours in America in 2002/3.

Ian Anderson said: “I’m looking forward to visiting some lesser played Tull songs and receiving some tricky questions from the audience!”

For the ardent Jethro Tull fan, this is an event not to be missed.

Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull dates:

Mon 20 April                         Yeovil                         Westlands

Tues 21 April                        Bristol                         St George’s

Wed 22 April                         Cheltenham              Town Hall

Sun 3 May                             Lincoln                       Drill Hall

Mo 4 May                              Leeds                         City Varieties

Tues 5 May                           Buxton                        Opera House

Sun17 May                            London                      Blackheath Halls

Mon 18 May                          Southend on Sea     Palace Theatre

Tues 19 May                         Guildford                    G Live

Tickets available direct from venues on 23rd November .

The Prog Years Tour 2020 tour, 11 dates across the UK in September and October, will draw heavily on material from Jethro Tull’s more ‘prog’ albums, much of it focussing on the early ‘heavy hitters’ of the Tull catalogue, classic albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Passion Play and even a touch of Thick As A Brick 2 from 2012.

From the outset, Tull’s frontman Ian Anderson created the distinctive persona of the tousled flute-playing minstrel, balanced on one leg and playing music with an historical slant. Jethro Tull continues to hold a unique place in the hearts of progressive music fans and these albums are  the focus of that passion.

Ian says: “Dusting off many older “progressive” songs amongst my earliest attempts to experiment outside the blues repertoire we began with has proved hugely enjoyable.  Along the way, over the last 50 years, there have been a good few pieces that still strongly resonate with me today on either a musical or lyrical level. Hopefully both. Some are really tricky to play; some might sound that way but fall under the fingers quite naturally although the overall arrangements require feats of memory! Test my marbles; come to the party!”

Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), guitarist Joe Parrish and Scott Hammond on drums. The show will be enhanced by full scale video projection.

The Prog Years Tour 2020 dates are:

 

Wednesday 30 September             Aylesbury                  The Waterside

Thursday 1 October                         Leicester                    De Montfort Hall

Saturday 3 October                         Blackburn                  St George’s Hall

Sunday 4 October                            Perth                          Concert Hall 

Monday 5 October                           Glasgow                    Pavilion Theatre

Tuesday 6 October                          Stoke-On-Trent        Victoria Hall

Thursday 8 October                        London                      Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 9 October                              Brighton                     Dome

Saturday 10 October                       Poole                          Lighthouse

Monday 12 October                         Reading                     Hexagon

Tuesday 13 October                        Bath                            The Forum

Tickets available from:  https://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets  or from the venues direct.

 

About Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson formed a blues and jazz fusion band in the mid-60s and the name changed frequently until an agent, with an interest in history, booked them as Jethro Tull, and the name stuck. Ian took up the flute, as he felt he would never match Eric Clapton as a guitarist as and, with a coat purchased to keep out the cold in a draughty bedsit, the image of the tousled, flute-wielding minstrel was born.

Tull’s debut album This Was received favourable reviews and sold well upon its release in 1968. The commercial break though came the following year when Living In The Past, with it’s unusual 5/4 time signature, reached number 11 in the singles chart and an appearance on Top Of The Pops, performing the number 4 hit The Witch’s Promise brought Tull to a much wider audience.

Musically, an historical theme was developing which Anderson exploited as the creative force behind a series of critically acclaimed albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick and Passion Play.

Jethro Tull became one of the most distinctive and original bands to fall under the ‘progressive rock’ umbrella and that still sets them apart as one of the best-loved bands of the genre.

Over 50 years on, Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull continue perform some 70 to 100 shows each year around the world. Anderson’s energy and enthusiasm for his music still makes Jethro Tull concerts an experience to savour.

http://jethrotull.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialjethrotull/

Jethro Tull Announce The Prog Years Tour 2020

Jethro Tull Announce The Prog Years Tour 2020

1. Jethro Tull The Prog Years 2020 PosterIan Anderson and the Jethro Tull band, one of the world’s most successful and enduring ‘progressive rock’ bands, have announced that they will return to the road with The Prog Years Tour 2020 with 11 dates across the UK in September and October.

This tour will draw heavily on material from Jethro Tull’s more ‘prog’ albums, much of it focussing on the early ‘heavy hitters’ of the Tull catalogue, classic albums including Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Passion Play and even a touch of Thick As A Brick 2 from 2012.

From the outset, Tull’s frontman Ian Anderson created the distinctive persona of the tousled flute-playing minstrel, balanced on one leg and playing music with an historical slant. Jethro Tull continues to hold a unique place in the hearts of progressive music fans and these albums are  the focus of that passion.

Ian says: “Dusting off many older “progressive” songs amongst my earliest attempts to experiment outside the blues repertoire we began with has proved hugely enjoyable.  Along the way, over the last 50 years, there have been a good few pieces that still strongly resonate with me today on either a musical or lyrical level. Hopefully both. Some are really tricky to play; some might sound that way but fall under the fingers quite naturally although the overall arrangements require feats of memory! Test my marbles; come to the party!”

Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), guitarist Joe Parrish and Scott Hammond on drums. The show will be enhanced by full scale video projection.

Tour dates are:

Wednesday 30 September            Aylesbury                  The Waterside

Thursday 1 October                         Leicester                    De Montfort Hall

Saturday 3 October                         Blackburn                  St George’s Hall

Sunday 4 October                            Perth                          Concert Hall 

Monday 5 October                           Glasgow                    Pavilion Theatre

Tuesday 6 October                          Stoke-On-Trent        Victoria Hall

Thursday 8 October                        London                      Shepherd’s Bush Empire

Friday 9 October                              Brighton                     Dome

Saturday 10 October                       Poole                          Lighthouse

Monday 12 October                         Reading                     Hexagon

Tuesday 13 October                        Bath                            The Forum

Tickets go on sale at 9am on 6th November buy them from:  https://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets  or from the venues direct.

Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull UK tour

Ian Anderson will also be appearing at a number of smaller venues for a more intimate evening of chat and archive video footage about his career and the history of Jethro Tull.

Ian will be accompanied by guitarist Joe Parrish to play a few songs. The audience will be invited to pose interesting and challenging questions.

For the ardent Jethro Tull fan, this is an event not to be missed.

Dates confirmed so far with more to be added:

Monday 20 April                               Yeovil                         Westlands

Tuesday 21 April                              Bristol                         St George’s

Wednesday 22 April                        Cheltenham              Town Hall

Tickets to go on sale in late November 2019. Check www.jethrotull.com for more info

PROG JETHRO TULL COVER FEATURE

PROG JETHRO TULL COVER FEATURE

Cjethro tull cover Progheck out the new issue of PROG Magazine with Jethro Tull on the cover.
Out now and our 2nd Cover in 2 months. Thanks to Editor Jerry Ewing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROG Magazine – Cover Feature – Jethro Tull

PROG Magazine – Cover Feature – Jethro Tull

Prog-85-cover@72dpiWonderful 16-page cover feature on Jethro Tull – 50th Anniversary in the new issue of PROG Magazine out on Thursday 1st March.    Don’t miss it.   

The 50th Anniversary tour which starts on 3rd April is mostly sold out.    There will be some production tickets available over the next week or two, please check with local venues to buy them.

JETHRO TULL Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

JETHRO TULL Announce 50th Anniversary Tour

Photography - Nick HarrisonIt was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.

To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule.

The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year.  Founder, frontman and flautist, Ian Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece! 
 
Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time and their immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock.  The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.
 
Anderson says: “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks – musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.”
 
Tour dates are as follows:

April 2018

Tuesday 3rd               Manchester   O2 Apollo
Thursday 5th                 Newcastle  City Hall
Friday 6th          Edinburgh Usher Hall
Saturday 7th                     Liverpool  Auditorium
Monday 9th                            Bristol  Colston Hall
Tuesday 10th                Birmingham Symphony Hall
Wednesday 11th           Cambridge Corn Exchange
Tuesday 17th                       London Royal Albert Hall

 
Presale Tickets available on 30th August: http://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets-presale-1051 and venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. There is no support – please see ticket for start time.
 
Ian Anderson is accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests
 
About Jethro Tull
 
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year.

http://jethrotull.com/

https://www.facebook.com/officialjethrotull/

JETHRO TULL TOP BILLBOARD CHART

JETHRO TULL TOP BILLBOARD CHART

Jethro Tull ‘The String Quartets’ has entered the Billboard Chart at Number 1 and  is at Number 2 in the iTunes Classical Chart this week.