"Thick As A Brick" Back To Royal Albert Hall

Ian Anderson will bring his Thick As A Brick live show to London for a one-off performance at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30.

He’ll perform the classic Jethro Tull album in full, followed by his 2012 anniversary follow-up, Thick As A Brick 2, on the stage where its story began 41 years ago.

Anderson says: “So – bugger me, but it’s back to the Albert for a recreation of the 1972 performance. If only Victoria could be there too; she might have rather liked it, in a funny sort of way.”

Planned as a bombastic prog rock extravaganza, TAAB was claimed to have been inspired by the poems of an eight-year-old genius, Gerald Bostock. The original album came with a spoof newspaper extending the joke. Last year Anderson released TAAB2, examining the potential directions Bostock’s life could have taken over the previous four decades.

The recent record is an Anderson solo work rather than a Tull release. The concert will also be a solo show, but the mainman comments: “I might try to get a few guests in too if they’re not washing their hair. I’ll have shampoo at the ready, and a hot Fray Bentos pie at backstage catering. That might do it.”

He finishes: “At last I get to sleep in my own bed afterwards. Bostock rules. Kiss, kiss.”

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, February 1 via Ticketline, priced between £30 and £55, with 30 VIP packages costing £150.

(via Prog)

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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