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JETHRO TULL 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

JETHRO TULL 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR

London, August 2017: It was on the February 2nd 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way. To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 (including London's Royal Albert Hall) as part of the worldwide touring schedule.

Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson
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Jethro Tull in 1968
Jethro Tull in 1968
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Formed in early 968, Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year. Founder, frontman and flautist Anderson is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece! Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling prog-rock acts of all time and their immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock.

The original Tull band  eatured Ian Anderson (vocals & flute), Mick Abrahams (guitar), Glen Cornick (bass) and Clive Bunker (drums), the line-up who SongLink editor David Stark first saw supporting The Who at the Marquee Club in April 1968. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the "heavy hitters" of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.

Anderson says: "I'm 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. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years."

Anderson will be accompanied by current Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests. Pre-sale tickets are available from 30th August, with tour dates are as follows:

Jethro Tull - April 2018
Tuesday 3rd - Manchester, O2 Apollo
Thursday 5th - Newcastle, City Hall
Friday 6th - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Saturday 7th - Liverpool, Auditorium
Monday 9th - Bristol, Colston Hall
Tuesday 10th - Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Wednesday 11th - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Tuesday 17th - London, Royal Albert Hall

LINKS:

www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets-presale-1051

www.gigantic.com

www.jethrotull.com

www.facebook.com/officialjethrotull

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