JETHRO TULL Announce 2020 “The Prog Years” Tour

JETHRO TULL Announce 2020 "The Prog Years" Tour

Ian Anderson and the Jethro Tull band, one of the world’s most successful and enduring progressive rock acts, have announced that they will return to the road with ”The Prog Years Tour 2020″ with 11 dates across the U.K. in September and October.

This tour will draw heavily on material from Jethro Tull‘s more “prog” albums, much of it focussing on the early “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue, classic albums including Stand UpBenefitAqualungThick As A BrickPassion Play and even a touch of Thick As A Brick 2 from 2012.

From the outset, Tull‘s frontman Ian Anderson created the distinctive persona of the tousled flute-playing minstrel, balanced on one leg and playing music with an historical slant. Jethro Tull continues to hold a unique place in the hearts of progressive music fans and these albums are the focus of that passion.

Ian says: “Dusting off many older ‘progressive’ songs amongst my earliest attempts to experiment outside the blues repertoire we began with has proved hugely enjoyable. Along the way, over the last 50 years, there have been a good few pieces that still strongly resonate with me today on either a musical or lyrical level. Hopefully both. Some are really tricky to play; some might sound that way but fall under the fingers quite naturally although the overall arrangements require feats of memory! Test my marbles; come to the party!

Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), guitarist Joe Parrish and Scott Hammond on drums. The show will be enhanced by full scale video projection.

Tour dates are:

Sep. 30 – Aylesbury The Waterside
Oct. 01 – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Oct. 03 – Blackburn St George’s Hall
Oct. 04 – Perth Concert Hall

Oct. 05 – Glasgow Pavilion Theatre
Oct. 06 – Stoke-On-Trent Victoria Hall
Oct. 08 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Oct. 09 – Brighton Dome
Oct. 10 – Poole Lighthouse
Oct. 12 – Reading Hexagon
Oct. 13 – Bath The Forum

Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on November 6.

Ian Anderson will also be appearing at a number of smaller venues for a more intimate evening of chat and archive video footage about his career and the history of Jehtro TullIan will be accompanied by guitarist Joe Parrish to play a few songs. The audience will be invited to pose interesting and challenging questions.

Dates confirmed so far, with more to be added:

Apr. 20 – Yeovil Westlands
Apr. 21 – Bristol St George’s
Apr. 22 – Cheltenham Town Hall

Tickets to go on sale in late November.

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