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