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15th August 2017

jethro tull

Jethro Tull first performed under the name on 2nd February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London and would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over sixty million albums worldwide.

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

Tull's debut album, 'This Was', was released later that same year and founder and frontman Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a frontline instrument. The inventor of Folk Metal? Maybe...

The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the heavier numbers of the Tull catalogue from '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.

Ian 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 the 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 thirty-three 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:

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

Tickets are available right here. There is no support.

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.


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