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Ian Anderson Says 1967 Beatles & Pink Floyd Albums Inspired Jethro Tull

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson says that it was the Beatles and Pink Floyd’s classic 1967 albums that shaped his vision for recording. Anderson will front Tull on their 50th anniversary tour, which kicks off on May 30th at Phoenix’s Comerica Theatre before winding down on September 11th at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.

Anderson spoke to Classic Rock magazine and recalled how he came to view the structure of an album: “(Our 1977 album) Songs From The Wood is a collection of songs, nothing more, except for the most part they seems to belong together on the same record. The Beatles did that admirably with Sgt. Pepper’s (Lonely Hearts Club Band), and the same with Pink Floyd’s first album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. Those records were intact, whole, and severe as examples to me when I started to write music. That would be evident in what I’ve done from Aqualung onwards.”

He explained how Tull always allowed its musical themes to live within the rural past: “I think British, and more particularly, English folk music is always better when it doesn’t get caught up in its own very stylized past. I was a fan of the more English, Scottish, and Irish folk people. . . There were one or two members of the band who were rather infatuated with the idea of gathering in barley by hand. That was something I found difficult to grasp, because I was driving a big old tractor and combine harvester. My world in terms of the rural English tradition was about smoking diesels.”

Ian Anderson tells us that his concert setlists have always been peppered with the classics everyone loves: “Generally speaking, I suppose we do because there are certain pieces — most obviously ‘Aqualung’ and “Locomotive Breath’ — I think feature pretty much in nearly every Jethro Tull concert. And there are a few others that are frequent visitors. We’ll often play a bit of ‘Thick As A Brick’ and the instrumental ‘Bouree.’ A few frequent travelers.”

May 30 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
June 2 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre
June 3 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater
June 5 – Visalia, CA – Visalia Fox Theatre
June 6 – Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Community Theater
June 8 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater
June 9 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
June 10 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
June 29 – Saint Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
June 30 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Casino Resort – Silver Creek Event Center
July 1 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 3 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
August 31 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theater
September 1 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
September 3 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival
September 5 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at the Heights
September 7 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
September 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
September 9 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
September 11 – New York City, NY – Beacon Theatre

Photo Courtesy of JethroTull.com

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