Legendary Prog Rock icon Ian Anderson has announced a 2014 UK tour, following the release of his new concept album to be recorded early next year and released around Easter.
Anderson will also be recognised as one of the foremost influencers of rock at this years Progressive Music Awards, by being honoured with the Prog God Award.
Anderson will be touring throughout 2014, starting in the UK late April; the show will feature a selection from his new 2014-release concept album - which he defines as 'Folk-Prog-Metal' - in its more theatrical setting, together with a selection of Jethro Tull highlights. The upcoming record release will feature heavier, less acoustic guitar sounds and more of Anderson's trademark flute.
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He says: "After winning the Grammy for best Hard Rock/Metal album back in 1988, this seems like an opportunity to justify that strange and misplaced accolade with a new album to celebrate the more forceful, full-on rock credentials which are found in many of my songs over the last 45 years. It's not an end to the acoustic and gentler moments but more of an emphasis on the louder aggressive flute style which marked me out from the earliest days of Jethro Tull."
The Prog God Award celebrates the innovators of rock. The people who have inspired generations and have 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.
On winning the award, Anderson continued: "The innocent voyage of restless souls: that's prog rock. Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of pop and rock.
"It is, indeed, an honour to receive this illustrious Prog award and dwell in such lofty heights amongst the good and the great of the last forty-plus years. I remain very happy to inhabit the progressive rock world, as both performer and listener.
"And where else could a self-taught, mediocre but extremely loud flute player make a decent living? Not in country and western, I would suppose. But, hey: if the boots fit and the buckskin-fringed coyote crooner calls, then count me in Cowboy! Brokeback Mountain could never sound sweeter."
Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine says: "For 45 years Ian has been playing live, and I don't think I have ever seen two shows the same! It doesn't matter if its Jethro Tull or Ian on his own – its always magnificent, groundbreaking and captivating. Without him rock would be a very different and lesser place, so to announce him as our Prog God at the same time as he announces a UK tour seems hugely fitting."
Following the great success of his current 'Thick As A Brick' tour – including a one-off performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall – tickets for the 2014 shows are expected to go fast when they go on sale on 4th September.
Full dates are:
28th Brighton Dome
29th Southampton Guildhall
01st Salisbury City Hall
02nd Liverpool Philharmonic
03rd Birmingham Symphony Hall
04th Oxford New Theatre
06th Bristol Colston Hall
07th High Wycombe Swan Theatre
08th Guildford G Live
09th Cambridge Corn Exchange
10th Ipswich Regent Theatre
11th Leicester De Montfort Hall
13th Derby Assembly Rooms
14th Manchester Palace Theatre
15th York Royal Opera House
16th Newcastle Sage Theatre
18th Edinburgh Festival Theatre
19th Perth Concert Hall
20th Aberdeen Music Hall
21st Inverness Eden Court
24th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
25th London 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets go on sale on 4th September at 9.00am 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.
This is the second year of the Orange Amplification presented the Progressive Music Awards. They take place at Kew Gardens on Tuesday September 3rd and will be hosted by Gavin Esler.
Voting is open now and a full list of all the categories and nominees can be found at www.progrockmag.com/awards where readers can have their say by voting in the various categories. Readers who register to vote will have the chance to win a bumper prize of prog goodies compiled from nominated acts.
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 recognised as the one who introduced the flute to rock music. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Tull have been characterised 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.
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