Jethro Tull’s front man Ian Anderson not only wields the flute like a modern day pied piper, but he also can play acoustic guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, bouzouki, saxophone, harmonica, mandolin, and a variety of whistles. In 1980, Jethro Tull suffered many setbacks, which resulted in John Evan, Barrie Barlow and David Palmer leave the band: the death of bassist John Glascock caused drummer Barrie Barlow to suffer from a deep depression and both Evan and David Palmer were unsure of the band’s future, as well as their roles in it after Ian Anderson announced his intent to release a solo album.
In 1983, Ian Anderson’s first solo album, Walk into the Light, was released with bandmate and keyboardist Peter-John Vettese collaborating on the effort as well as co-writing half of the songs on the album. This created two different avenues for Anderson to showcase his music; the first in Jethro Tull, which tended to lean towards a more folk rock sound and the second through his solo efforts, which featured his more conceptual work. In 1995, Ian Anderson released his second album Divinities: Twelve Dances with God, a mostly instrumental endeavor with the aid of keyboardist and bandmate Andrew Giddings and several orchestral musicians, which highlighted his flute playing and had varying themes. In 2000, Anderson released his third album titled The Secret Language of Birds, named after the dawn chorus, a springtime occurrence that happens at dawn when the birds all start to sing and wake up. Each track has an introduction by Ian Anderson, who provides the inspiration behind each track. In 2003, Rupi’s Dance was released, which included “Griminelli's Lament”, a tribute to his friend and fellow Italian flautist Andrea Griminelli as well as the opening track to Jethro Tull’s Christmas album, aptly titled, The Jethro Tull Christmas Album. Ian Anderson’s next album Thick as a Brick 2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock?, released in 2012 was billed as Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson, instead of either Jethro Tull or Ian Anderson. This album was a sequel to Jethro Tull’s critically acclaimed album Thick as a Brick, which told a tale of a fictitious boy genius who wrote and composed the album. Thick as a Brick 2 takes the listener on several hypothetical journeys, each highlighting possible outcomes of the boy’s life, eventually culminating into a clear picture of the life and times of Gerald Bostock.
Ian Anderson The Rock Opera Tour
The Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera Tour is a perfect blend of both Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull work and his solo endeavors and highlights an overall representation of Anderson’s work, making it a perfect show to introduce listeners to or to savor all of Anderson’s works. Shows in the US start on November 1, lasting only 11 days; with stops in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Mashantucket, Newark, New York locations Port Chester, and Brooklyn.