Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson has never been shy about his negative feelings towards the name of his band. After all, it was just one of the many names the prog-rockers used in order to get repeat club bookings during their early days; a name their agent – also a historian – came up with in reference to the 18th century British agriculturalist and inventor. But the week the band used that name, back in 1968, things started going right for them, and so they decided to ride it out.
Now, nearly five decades later, Anderson is coming to terms with it, paying tribute to Jethro Tull’s namesake with his latest solo tour concept.
Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera is the story of an inventor and pioneer in food production, set some time in the not-too-distant future. Based on the life of the real Jethro Tull, the re-imagined dramatization is accompanied by both new and existing songs from the Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull catalog.
Anderson will perform two more shows in the U.S. on November 10th and 11th, before taking the rock opera to Spain, Italy and Turkey.
Click here for a full list of dates.
November 10 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
November 11 – Newark, NJ – Prudential hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center