Jethro Tull Tour is Cranking
In 2018 Jethro Tull celebrated their 50th anniversary with a series of concerts in North America that brought to fans songs from the entire career of the band. The good news is the band decided to extend this tour to 2019. As Ian Anderson explained, 2019 is actually the year that marks 50 years since the first visit of the band in the U.S., so extending the tour came as a natural decision. If you are ready to get tickets you can go here now.
With a playlist set to include songs released between 1968 and 2012, the first show of the 2019 tour will be performed on 09th of March in Atlantic City, New Jersey and the last will be played on 15th of September in Uncasville, Connecticut. You can find the full list of dates and venues at the end of this article. For this extended tour, the fans will get the chance to see, alongside Ian Anderson, Florian Opahle on guitar, David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards and Scott Hammond on drums.
The band prepares even more goodies for its fans – in October last year it has been announced that in 2019 the history of Jethro Tull will be revealed in the first official book about the band. The book will be called “The Ballad of Jethro Tull” and the publishing date is still to be confirmed.
The 50th anniversary of the band had been celebrated also in another way: with the release, on 25th of May 2018, of a three-disc compilation featuring the band’s greatest hits. The band’s frontman, Ian Anderson, has selected the 50 songs included on “50 for 50” and arranged them in a chronically order, so they reflect the band’s musical evolution in time. On this compilation, you can find tracks from the early period of the band, like “Nothing Is Easy”, classics such as “Skating Away”, hard-rock songs like “Aqualung” and folk songs such as “Songs From the Wood”.
Jethro Tull had built a unique identity among fans and critics, thanks to its musical style that combines heavy rock with jazz and folk with blues. Their deep lyrics and overall profoundness have brought them 11 gold and 5 platinum albums and the stores across US made sure, especially at the end of the ‘70s, that they have one or more of the band’s albums in stock.
Jethro Tull came to life when vocalist and guitarist Ian Anderson, guitarist Mick Abrahams, bassist Glenn Cornick and drummer Clive Bunker decided, in December 1967, to form a new group, after they had previously been part of different bands. They started to play twice a week, under various band titles, such as “Bag of Blues” or “Navy Blue”. The title that stuck with them – Jethro Tull – is the name of an inventor and farmer from the 18th century. After they got a permanent gig at the famous “Marquee Club” in London, they began to become very popular among the public. One of the reasons for which the audience liked this band was Anderson’s unique performing style: he played the flute while standing on one foot or jumping around the scene and was not afraid to use in the band’s musical influences from blues, folk, and jazz.
They opened for “Pink Floyd” at the rock festival that took place in “Hyde Park” in June 1968 and two months later they delighted the audience gathered at the “Sunbury Jazz & Blues Festival”. The summer of ‘68 brought Jethro Tull their first contract with a record company and their first album was released in November in the U.K. and in April 1969 in the U.S. In July 1970, Jethro Tull performed at the “Atlanta Pop Festival” in Byron, Georgia, in front of 200,000 people, alongside B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter. Ian Anderson, who had written most of the songs from the band’s first albums, offered the album “Aqualung” a profoundness the fans didn’t expect. The lyrics of this album spoke about the relationship between man and God and about how separated they become once organized religion enters the scene.
The album was a successful blend of folk, hard rock and blues influences, giving the fans the belief they had been listening, in this album, something different than what the musical landscape from that time was providing. The theme of man-God relationship found echo in the hearts and minds of adult listeners, college rock fans and high-school kids, which assimilated that relationship to the various forms of alienations they were experimenting.
The first 20 years of the band’s existence have been marked by often changes in the initial line-up. A lot of musicians joined and the left the band: guitarist Martin Barre, bassists Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, Dave Pegg and John Glascock, drummer Doane Perry are just a few of the names that were a part of Jethro Tull for a longer or a shorter period of time. In 1983, the guitarist, flutist, writer and vocalist Ian Anderson – which was the actual frontman of the band – released his first solo album called “Walk Into Light”. The album’s lack of high success determined Anderson to revive the band and to release, in September 1984, the album “Under Wraps”. But the album could not be promoted through the tour the band had planned, because Anderson developed a throat infection.
This infection, that came and went, was also the cause for which the band didn’t release any new studio material until 1987, when “Crest of a Knave” album was issued. The album brought the band the Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” in 1989. The award put the band in the spotlight once again, with critics and fans praising their musical achievements and performance.
The next big success of the band came in 2003, with the release of a collection of old and new holiday songs. The “Christmas Album” exceeded the sales of the “Crest of a Knave” album and was the last official album of the band. But that didn’t mean the band’s success had ended. In 2011, Steven Wilson remixed the “Aqualung” album and a deluxe multiple-disc edition of that album was released to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary. Since that remix was highly successful, other reissues were released, for “Heavy Horses”, “Too Old to Rock ‘n Roll”, “Stand Up”, “War Child” and others. And the band’s history continues, with the tour started last year and extended this year, in celebration of 50 years of musical performance.
Without a doubt, Jethro Tull holds an important position in the history of music and their unique style continues to add fans to their base. If you want to catch them perform live a collection of their biggest hits in a 50 years period, get your tickets from one of the best sites around.
Here is the list of the dates and venues of the tour.
March 9 – Ocean Resort Casino Atlantic City, New Jersey
March 11 – The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland
March 12 – Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, New Jersey
July 5 – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
July 6 – Five Point Amphitheatre, Irvine, California
July 7 – San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego, California
July 9 – The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, California
September 11 – Chevalier Theatre, Medford, Massachusetts
September 14 – Forest Hills Stadium, Queens, New York
September 15 – Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut`