Jethro Tull was a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially, the band played blues rock and jazz fusion. The group later incorporated elements of hard rock and folk to forge a unique progressive rock signature.
Led by vocalist/flutist/guitarist Ian Anderson, over the years Jethro Tull has featured a revolving door of lineups through the years including significant members such as guitarists Mick Abrahams and Martin Barre, keyboardist John Evan, drummers Clive Bunker, Barriemore Barlow, and Doane Perry, and bassists Glenn Cornick, Jeffrey Hammond, John Glascock, and Dave Pegg.
Such great songs as Locomotive Breath, Aqualung, Bungle in the Jungle, Hymn 43, and Thick as a Brick are still favorites of mine.
Aqualung was Jethro Tull’s best -selling album, selling over 7 million worldwide. This album produced two great singles, Hymn 43 and Locomotive Breath, and was well-received by the music critics. It has been included on several different music “best-of” lists.
Locomotive Breath (1982)
Comments from Tull fans!
“Mom, I want to be a rock star.”
“No Ian, your dad and I prefer that you take flute lessons.”
“Okay, have it your way, Mom”
Ian Anderson always looked to me like a refugee from a Tolkien novel or a 1400s Renaissance Man who somehow transported himself through time to join a rock band!
The band always looked like a group of insane yet highly talented homeless people who somehow got access to a stage. Hilarious and awesome!
Aqualung (London, 1977)
Aqualung by Jethro Tull, live in Golders Green Hippodrome, London, England on February 10, 1977. Covered live by BBC, it was later released on various bootleg DVD versions by fans.
This version is the best quality one, produced by “Room 101”.
Thick as a Brick (Madison Square Garden, 1978)
I see and hear a lot of comments about Anderson being high on drugs. However, I have never seen anyone on drugs balance on one foot and play rock flute! Have you? Nope! I didn’t think so.
Ian Anderson didn’t drink or use drugs. His one vice was smoking cigarettes. The man was a musical genius, writing the lyrics, the music, playing the guitar and the flute, singing, and giving a great performance.
Freddie Mercury often gets credit for being the most dynamic front-man in rock. Not to take anything away from Freddie Mercury, but no one was as amazing as Ian Anderson.