As prog rock legends Jethro Tull gear up to for an 50th anniversary celebration UK tour, Getintothis’ Amaan Khan brings the details.
Now headed by only Ian Anderson from the original lineup, Jethro Tull celebrates the wealth that the many musicians brought to their music over the 50 years of their career.
Jethro Tull first performed with the name on February 2, 1968 at London’s world famous Marquee Club before embarking on a journey that included several classic records like This Was, Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Songs from the Wood and participation from several talented musicians.
Though many fans do get put off by the fact only Ian Anderson remains from the original lineup, the group as currently set up still does 80 to 100 shows a year. The 50th anniversary UK tour, which is a part of a larger number of worldwide shows, also stops by Liverpool’s Echo Arena and will see the seasoned band celebrate the music from throughout the band’s career and touching many hard hitters from the aforementioned albums.
In the words of frontman Ian Anderson himself: “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks – musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio.”
- Jethro Tull perform at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 7, 2018.
The UK tour dates for Jethro Tull are:
April 03: O2 Apollo, Manchester
April 05: City Hall, Newcastle
April 06: The Usher, Edinburgh
April 07: Echo Arena, Liverpool
April 09: Colston Hall, Bristol
April 10: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
April 11: Corn Exchange, Cambridge
April 17: Royal Albert Hall, London