IAN ANDERSON ANNOUNCES NEW CD HOMO ERRATICUS AND UK TOUR

IAN ANDERSON ANNOUNCES NEW CD HOMO ERRATICUS AND UK TOUR

HomoErraticusSleeveSLegendary prog pioneer Ian Anderson has announced the imminent release of new studio album Homo Erraticus. The record will be out on 14th April on the artist’s own label imprint Calliandra Records in conjunction with Kscope, to coincide with Anderson’s 2014 UK tour.

In 1972 Jethro Tull released iconic concept album Thick As A Brick, based on a poem by child prodigy Gerald Bostock; in 2012, as fans wondered what happened to Bostock, Ian Anderson explored the different paths his life might have taken in Thick As A Brick 2. With Homo Erraticus enfant prodigy Gerald is back for real.

Following a 40 years’ political career, Bostock reunited with Anderson taking the role of tour manager on a string of shows. ‘Homo Erraticus’ marks his return to songwriting, and it’s based on an unpublished manuscript by amateur historian Ernest T. Parritt (1865-1928). 

In Homo Erraticus Parritt examines key events of British history with a string of prophecies stretching to the current day and the future; visions of past lives caused by the delirium of malaria generate the characters through whose eyes the stories are told, including a nomadic Neolithic settler, an iron Age blacksmith, a Christian monk, a turnpike innkeeper and even Prince Albert.

Track listing is: 

PART ONE: CHRONICLES

Chapter 1 Doggerland
Chapter 2 Heavy Metals
Chapter 3 Enter The Uninvited
Chapter 4 Puer Ferox Adventus (Wild Child Coming)
Chapter 5 Meliora Sequamur (Let Us Follow Better Things) 
Chapter 6 The Turnpike Inn
Chapter 7 The Engineer 
Chapter 8 The Pax Britannica

PART TWO: PROPHECIES

Chapter 9 Tripudium Ad Bellum (Instrumental)
Chapter 10 After These Wars
Chapter 11 New Blood, Old Veins

PART THREE: REVELATIONS

Chapter 12 In For A Pound 
Chapter 13 The Browning of the Green
Chapter 14 Per Errationes Ad Astra 
Chapter 15 Cold Dead Reckoning

The album release will be followed by an extensive UK tour, where Homo Erraticus will be performed in its entirety followed by a selection of Tull classics updated with video and theatrics.

Tour Dates are:

Date City Venue Box Office Ticket Price
APRIL        
28th Brighton Dome 01273 709 709 £26 + £30
29th Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £26 + £30
MAY        
01st Salisbury City Hall 01722 434 434 £26 + £30
02nd Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £26 + £30
03rd Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 345 0600 £27.50 + £32.50
04th Oxford New Theatre 0844 871 3020 £28 + £32
06th Bristol Colston Hall 0844 887 1500 £28 + £32
07th High Wycombe Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £28 + £32
08th Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28 + £32
09th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 851 £26 + £30
10th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433 100 £26 + £30
11th Leicester De Montfort Hall 0116 233 3111 £26 + £30
13th Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800 £26 + £30
14th Manchester Palace Theatre 0844 871 3019 £28 + £32
15th York Royal Opera House 0844 871 3024 £28 + £32
16th Gateshead Sage Theatre 0191 443 4661 £26 + £30
18th Edinburgh Festival Theatre 0131 529 6000 £26 + £30
19th Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £26 + £30
20th Aberdeen Music Hall 01224 632 080 £26 + £30
21st Inverness Eden Court 01463 234 234 £26 + £30
24th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32
25th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 0844 477 2000 £28 + £32

Tickets – online booking: www.gigantic.com/artist/ian-anderson or from venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. Ian Anderson will be onstage at 7.30pm. There is no support.

Ian Anderson recently won The Prog God Award from Prog Magazine, celebrating the innovators of rock who have inspired generations and carved a way for others to be at their creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.

Fronting seminal Prog outfit Jethro Tull and as a solo artist, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years; he is widely considered an icon of the genre and he’s recognized as the one who introduced the flute to rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Tull have been characterized by Anderson’s trademark acoustic textures, created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In his most recent solo shows, Anderson has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists. His eclectic acoustic performances are also a hit with fans of the genre.

IAN ANDERSON: 2014 TOUR AND PROG AWARDS HONOUR

IAN ANDERSON: 2014 TOUR AND PROG AWARDS HONOUR

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson will be touring the UK for a month, starting from Brighton on 28th April 2014.

The prog pioneer will be honoured this year with the Prog God Award, celebrating the innovators of rock.

IAN ANDERSON TO BRING HIS THICK AS A BRICK TOUR TO THE LEGENDARY ROYAL ALBERT HALL

IAN ANDERSON TO BRING HIS THICK AS A BRICK TOUR TO THE LEGENDARY ROYAL ALBERT HALL

After the enormous success of his 2012 UK tour, Ian Anderson is back for a very special one-off show at the Royal Albert Hall on 30th June; Thick as a Brick returns ‘home’ to the prestigious London venue after 41 years since it was first performed there. The gig is part of an extensive world tour taking the Jethro Tull’ icon to Europe, USA, Japan and South America; This will be the only production Thick As A Brick UK date in 2013 and tickets are expected to go fast. 

Tickets go on sale on Friday 1st February at 9.00am. Ticket prices are £30 and £35 for Circle, £42.50 Front Circle, £47.50 for Arena floor, stalls and second tier – £55 for Boxes and there are 30 special VIP Arena Floor tickets available at £150 each. www.royalalberthall.com Box Office – 0207 589 8212. Online bookings fromwww.ticketline.co.uk, credit card bookings 0844 888 9991. Doors open at 6.45pm and show time will be 7.30pm.

Ian Anderson says “So – bugger me, but it’s back to the Albert for a recreation of the 1972 performance. If only Victoria could be there too. She might have rather liked it. In a funny sort of way. I might try to get a few guests in too if they are not washing their hair. But I will have shampoo at the ready and a hot Fray Bentos pie at backstage catering. That might do it. At least I get to sleep in my own bed afterwards.

Hope to see you there. Bostock rules. Kiss, kiss.” Brick’ show is a two part Prog bonanza where Anderson and his band will be performing his Jethro Tull’ 1972 classic in its entirety, followed by recent material from its 2012′ sequel. Both albums will be performed as recorded, seamless 55 minutes long tracks with a 20 minute intermission. Video projections and theatrical elements will offer a sumptuous background for this unforgettable milestone in the history of rock.

‘Thick as a Brick’ was a concept album based on a poem written by fictitious 10 year old boy Gerald Bostock, behind which hides Anderson himself. ‘Thick as a Brick 2’ was written and released by Anderson as a celebration of the original’s 40th anniversary, and examines the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy might have taken later in life; alter-ego characters are used to illustrate the infinite potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity.

Anderson has been leading Jethro Tull for 44 years; they toured 54 countries worldwide and recorded 30 studio albums, selling over 60 million albums in their career. Widely recognised as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire and his solo material. In his most recent solo concerts, Ian has been accompanied by orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists; his eclectic acoustic shows are also a hit with fans of the genre. 

IAN ANDERSON “THICK AS A BRICK” 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR UPDATE AND “THICK AS A BRICK 2″‘

IAN ANDERSON “THICK AS A BRICK” 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR UPDATE AND “THICK AS A BRICK 2″‘

Ian Anderson will hit the road in April 2012 for a 19 date UK tour commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull’s 1972 Billboard No. 1 ‘Thick As A Brick’; it can now be revealed that, to coincide with the release of the groundbreaking album sequel ‘Thick As A Brick 2’ on 2nd April, there will be a second part to the show where Anderson and the band will also perform the new material.

‘Thick as a Brick’ was a concept album based on a poem written by a fictitious 10 year old boy Gerald Bostock – in reality Anderson himself, who wrote both music and lyrics. The anniversary “part two” album will examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy might have taken later in life through alter-ego characters with song-section identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity.

The band’s chart-topping record will be played in its entirety – as initially recorded – for the first time since its original tour in 1972. The original only featured one seamless 45 minutes long track, although it was split to accommodate the album on vinyl and cassette. It reached number 5 in the UK charts.

‘Thick As A Brick – Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock’ promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience, rediscovering a timeless milestone of progressive rock. The performances will also incorporate video projection and other theatrical elements. Ian Anderson performs some of his finest work with the added maturity and skill acquired across a 44 year-long career.

Anderson says: “I really look forward to this opportunity to bring the wee Gerald Bostock into the new millennium and to explore the ups and downs of his possible life journey.”

Widely recognised as the man who introduced the flute to rock music, Ian also plays ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments, providing the acoustic textures which have been an integral part of most of the Tull repertoire and his solo material. In recent years, he has toured more and more under his own name in solo concerts with orchestras, string quartets, featured soloists and in his other eclectic acoustic shows.

During the ‘Thick As a Brick’ tour Anderson will be joined by John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums as well as a guest performer.

Full details are: –

Date   City Venue Box Office Ticket Price
APRIL          
14th   Perth Concert Hall 01738 621 031 £22.50/£25.50/£28.50
15th The Publicity Connection Glasgow Theatre Royal 0844 871 7627 £25.50/£28.50
17th   Newcastle City Hall 0191 261 2606 £25.50/£28.50
18th   Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789 £25.50/£28.50
19th   Sheffield City Hall 0114 2 789 789 £25.50/£28.50
20th   Blackburn St George’s Hall 0844 847 1664 £26.50
21st   Harrogate Royal Hall 0845 130 8840 £25.50/£28.50
22nd   Manchester Opera House 0844 847 2484£25.50/£28.50
24th   Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800£25.50/£28.50
25th   Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100 £25.50/£28.50
27th   London Hammersmith Apollo 0843 221 0100 £25/£28.50/£32.50
28th   Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3686 £25.50/£28.50
29th   High Wycombe The Swan Theatre 01494 512 000 £26.50/£29.50
30th   Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333 £26.50/£29.50
MAY          
2nd   Oxford Apollo 0844 847 1588 £25.50/£28.50
3rd   Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060 £25.50/£28.50
4th   Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797 £28.50/£31.50
5th   Cardiff St David’s Hall 029 2087 8444 £25.50/£28.50
6th   Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601 £25.50/£28.50

Doors open at 7.30pm except for Southampton – 7pm.
Tickets are onsale from www.gigantic.com and are subject to booking fee.

IAN ANDERSON PLAYS CHRISTMAS CHARITY SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRUCE DICKINSON

IAN ANDERSON PLAYS CHRISTMAS CHARITY SHOW WITH SPECIAL GUEST BRUCE DICKINSON

Ian Anderson played a Christmas Charity Show at Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday night with Special guests Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues).

Dickinson guested on 2 songs, Revelations and Jerusalem, while Hayward appeared on  Moody Blues tracks Forever Autumn‘ and Nights in White Satin. All three performed the encore Locomotive Breath from Tull’s Aqualung album. 

Anderson will play 2 other Charity Shows at Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 16th with special guest Greg Lake and Manchester Cathedral on Monday 19th December. Both shows are sold out.