IAN ANDERSON Celebrates JETHRO TULL with New Show – UK Dates Announced

JETHRO TULL Written And Performed By Ian Anderson Tours the U.S April 2016

Progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson has announced 6 dates of a 2015 UK tour, titled Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera. The shows will take place in September, with tickets on general sale from 9th March.

Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera honours that 18th century English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.

The shows tell the story of the original Jethro Tull‘s life, reimagined as if in the near future and illustrated with Anderson‘s best-known material from the repertoire of the rock band Jethro Tull.

The set list will include many songs that Anderson found to be natural parallels with Tull’s life story: Wind Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs from the Wood to name a few. Some songs have been incorporated with slightly revised lyrics and five newly written songs have also been added to the mix.

Performing with Ian Anderson will be David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums plus some ‘virtual guests’ on a big HD video screen.

Anderson explains: “Instead of spoken introductions to the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device, the “recitative”, where the links are made by short sung vocal segments in a usually-simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.

Full dates are:

8th                   Basingstoke              Anvil                                                          0125 684 424

10th                 London                      O2 Shepherds Bush Empire                    0844 477 2000

11th                 Birmingham               Symphony Hall                                         0121 345 0493

12th                 York                           Barbican                                                   0844 854 2757

13th                 Gateshead                 Sage Theatre                                           0191 443 4661

14th                 Salford                       Lowry Theatre                                          0843 208 6000

Jethro Tull - The Rock Opera

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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