March 28, 2011

Jethro Tull: "Aqualung" 40th anniversary tour

UK prog folk pioneers Jethro Tull celebrates the 40th anniversary of Aqualung with North American tour. They will lperform the album in full. Oh, and it's not a concept album about a dirty old man and/or religion. Band leader Ian Anderson in a 2005 interview:

I always said at the time that this is not a concept album; this is just an album of varied songs of varied instrumentation and intensity in which three or four are the kind of keynote pieces for the album but it doesn't make it a concept album. In my mind when it came to writing the next album, Thick as a Brick, was done very much in the sense of: 'Whuh, if they thought Aqualung was a concept album, O-O-K, we'll show you a concept album.' And it was done as a kind of spoof, a send-up, of the concept album genre. ... But Aqualung itself, in my mind was never a concept album. Just a bunch of songs.

The current line-up of the group features longtime members Ian Anderson (flute, vocals, acoustic guitar) and Martin Barre (guitars) and Doane Perry (drums). The newer members are David Goodier (bass) and pianist John O'Hara.

Live dates:
  • 06/08 Red Rock Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
  • 06/10 Comerica Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
  • 06/11 The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/12 TBA, Valley Center, CA
  • 06/13 The Grove, Anaheim, CA
  • 06/14 TBA, Saratoga, CA
  • 06/16 Cuthbert Amphitheater, Eugene, OR
  • 06/17 McMenamins Edgefield Concerts On The Lawn, Troutdale, OR
  • 06/18 TBA, Woodinville, WA
  • 06/19 Centre for the Performing Arts, Vancouver, BC
  • 06/21 Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
  • 06/22 Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
  • 06/23 Casino Regina, Regina, SK
  • 06/25 Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
  • 06/26 Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • 06/27 Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL


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