So far all the dates are in April and in the UK and don’t expect any reunions with past Tull members however including longtime guitarist Martin Barre who was with the band the longest, after leader and singer Ian Anderson, from 1968 – 2014. That’s a long residency for any member of a band and it certainly leaves some fans saying on Facebook, “I won’t see them with Barre.” His guitar playing was certainly a huge part of the band’s sound but so was Anderson’s voice and flute.
Anderson said, “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! Adding, “I treasure the memories of the earlier years of 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 33 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.”
At least three members of Jethro Tull have died including two of their bass players. Founding member Glenn Cornick who was with them for the first 3 years died in 2014. John Glascock passed in 1979. He was on “Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! (1976), plus folk trilogy albums, ‘Songs from the Wood’ (1977), ‘Heavy Horses’ (1978) and part of ‘Stormwatch’ (1979). Glascock was also on their first live album, ‘Bursting Out.’ (1978). We also lost drummer Mark Craney in 2005. He was only wit them for a year. He actually replaced a very well know Tull drummer Barriemore Barlow who left in 1980 over the death of Glascock.
I would of loved to have former bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond recite “The Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles” from 1973’s ‘Passion Play.’ which I first bought on cassette. Hammond was also on Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Living in the Past, War Child and Minstrel in the Gallery.
It wouldn’t hurt to see bassist David Pegg with them again. He replaced Glasock when he was sick in the late 70’s..he stayed until 1985. Keyboardist John Evan was on 10 studio albums from 1970 – 1979.
Anderson’s current band is bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’ Hara, guitarist Florian Opahle, (Opalay)drummer Scott Hammond and “surprise virtual guests.”…and these shows are not being billed as Ian Anderson solo gigs but Jethro Tull. Links are below in the description. Tickets at Gigantic.com
Not bad for a 343 year-old inventor of the seed drill. – by John Beaudin
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull 50th anniversary UK tour 2018
Apr 03: Manchester O2 Apollo
Apr 05: Newcastle City Hall
Apr 06: Edinburgh Usher Hall
Apr 07: Liverpool Auditorium
Apr 09: Bristol Colston Hall
Apr 10: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Apr 11: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Apr 17: London Royal Albert Hall
John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.