While busy with a string of highly anticipated UK acoustic shows, Ian Anderson announces he will hit the road again 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'.
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. '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. It 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.
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Tickets for the 2012 tour go on sale from 7th September.
'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 40 years strong career.
Anderson says: "I never thought I would do this music again in its entirety but, over the last couple of years, I have grown to rather like the idea and the prospect of a Prog moment of profound excess. Question is: will I now become filled with some dark and nefarious need to take this murky, anal business further? You never know..."
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 guest performers.
Full details are: -
St George's Hall
The Swan Theatre
St David's Hall
Doors open at 7.30pm except for Southampton - 7pm. Tickets are subject to booking fee.
Tickets go on sale from September 7th on http://www.gigantic.com. There's a special pre-sale through Planet Rock from Monday 5th September at 9.00am http://www.planetrock.com.
After 44 years of leading Tull to 54 countries worldwide and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates a true progressive rock classic with old and new fans across the UK for a whole three weeks. Anderson is known as the flute and voice of the legendary Jethro Tull, formed in the North of England in 1968 from the amalgamation of blues-based John Evan Band and McGregor's Engine. Since their first performance at London's famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.
As well as releasing Aqualung (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition) through EMI Records on 31st October, Anderson is also planning 3 Charity Cathedral Christmas shows in December:
10th Canterbury Cathedral (with Bruce Dickinson and Justin Hayward)
16th Salisbury Cathedral
19th Manchester Cathedral
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