Jethro Tull Releasing 4 DVD Set
... (Gibson) Jethro Tull
are set to release a career-spanning four DVD set on June 25 featuring 35 years of the group's live shows, from a gig at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 to a 2005 performance at the Estival in Lugano, Switzerland. The collection, named Around the World Live, offers a bevy of fan favorites, including "Thick as a Brick," "Nothing Is Easy," "Budapest," "Life Is A Long Song," "Aqualung," "Too Old to Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young to Die" and more. The majority of the performances will be released for the first time in the set. The offering also includes a 32-page hard cover book with frontman Ian Anderson's personal photo archive, an interview with Anderson from a Hilversum, Holland gig in 1999 and more goodies. More live performances featured in the set include stops in Tampa, Fla. (1976); Munich, Germany (1980); Santiago, Chile (1996); Montreux, Switzerland (2003); and beyond. more on this story Gibson.com is an official news provider for the antiMusic.com. Copyright Gibson.com - Excerpted here with permission. Jethro Tull
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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson lays it on 'Thick' again
... pastoral acoustic passages and belching riff-rock that wouldn't have been out of place on Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple albums of the era. Anderson may have tried to a pull a fast one with "Thick As a Brick," but the joke turned out to be on him. His attempt to mock the "prog-rock" aesthetic became the only Tull
LP to reach the top of the Billboard album chart in the group's 40-year-plus history. It also established Tull
as one of the giants of the age (they're one of just a handful of acts who have sold out Madison Square Garden for five successive nights). Which brings us to 2012 and the recent release of "Thick ... [ read more ]
Jethro Tull's Anderson "Thick As A Brick" and dapper
... the film "Anchorman" when the character Ron Burgundy jumps on a stage and does a crazy flute solo. Proudly, he also talks about how U.S. astronaut Catherine Coleman took his flute to the International Space Station with her - a third of her personal allowance. Anderson and Coleman played a duet via video link on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first-man-in-space flight last year. The Space Flute, as it is dubbed, is now safely on Earth. (Reporting by Jeremy Gaunt, editing by Paul Casciato) @yahoonews on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Jethro Tull
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Jethro Tull (1967-)
Ian Anderson (vocals, flute, guitar) 1967-
Mick Abrahams (guitar) 1967-1968
Glenn Cornick (bass) 1967-1971
Clive Bunker (drums) 1967-1971
Martin Barre (guitar) 1968
John Evan (keyboards) 1970-
Jeffrey Hammond (bass) 1971-1976
Barriemore Barlow (drums) 1971-
John Glascock (bass) 1976-1979
David Palmer (keyboards) 1976-
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They are named after an 18th century English agriculturalist. He invented a seed drill which planted seeds in rows. Before they adopted the name, they were known as "The Blades."
Along with David Bowie and Alice Cooper, Tull popularized "Theatrical Rock" during the 1970s. (thanks, Chester - St. Catharines, Canada)
They won the first ever Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance in 1989 for Crest Of A Knave. Many Tull fans felt they did not belong in this category. When Metallica won the Grammy in that category in 1990, they were so upset for losing to Tull the year before that during their acceptance speech, one of them sarcastically said: "We would like to thank Jethro Tull for not being nominated this year."
Tony Iommi, one of the founders of Black Sabbath, was a member of Jethro Tull for two weeks in 1968. He played with them on The Rolling Stones' Rock 'n' Roll Circus special, which did not air because of poor performances, but was released on video in 1995.
They opened for Led Zeppelin on Zeppelin's first American tour. They also once opened for Pink Floyd.
For their 25th anniversary tour, they would select a member of the audience and seat them on a sofa onstage to watch the show.
Anderson owned a salmon farm in Scotland, which helped defray some of the massive taxes levied in the UK on high earners. One of his clients is London's department store, Harrod's.
Their first single, "Sunshine Day," mistakenly credited the band as "Jethro Toe."
When they released their first album in 1968, critics called them "the new Cream."
Abrahams left the band to form Blodwyn Pig.
In 2004, David Palmer announced he had undergone a sex change operation and is now a woman known as Dee Palmer.
The London Symphony Orchestra covered many classic Tull tunes in the 1985 album A Classic Case: Music Of Jethro Tull. (thanks, Charlie - Thomaston, CT)
In 1969, readers of the British magazine Melody Maker voted Jethro Tull the third best band - behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Because of the overwhelming critical lambasting that the album A Passion Play took, Ian Anderson announced in 1973 that he was going to retire as a musical performer.
Tull's second bassist,Jeffrey Hammond, took only a month to learn how to play the bass guitar before he joined the band.
Even though Tull did not play at 1969's Woodstock Festival, in the movie version of this event, one of their songs from This Was can be heard blasting from the speakers.
In 1968, Tull's manager thought that they should take a different musical direction - he believed that Mick Abrahams should be the focus of the band and become it's frontman instead of Ian Anderson.
For several years in the 1970s, Led Zeppelin, ELP and Jethro Tull were voted the best instrumental bands in Playboy magazine's annual reader's music poll.
In the mid-'80s, Ian Anderson praised Thomas Dolby as an up-and-coming new musician and criticized the band Genesis for changing their style and, thus, "selling-out."
Bassist John Glascock died during open heart surgery. Ian Anderson would joke onstage that John's nickname was "Old brittle dick." (thanks, Chester - St. Catharines, Canada, for above 8)
In 1973, they sold out three dates at the Los Angeles Forum in 1 1/2 hours, the fastest any show had sold out there. Another show was added.
Anderson learned to play the flute by listening to and imitating the music performed by jazz artist Roland Kirk. (thanks, Chester - St.Catharines, Canada)
Ian Anderson is a morning person. He said in our 2013 interview
: "I wake up early in the morning. It's always good. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night; in the middle of a period of sleep I'll suddenly wake up with an idea for a song or a line of music and run to the bathroom, scribble it down on a piece of paper, and leave it next to the toothpaste so I find it in the morning. But other times I just get up earlyish - 7 o'clock, whatever it might be - and try to be creative before the household awakes."