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    "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson" Spring 2017 USA Tour

    ***We are pleased to announce the first batch of USA tour dates for 2017. The material this year is a collection of best-known Tull classics with a few rarely-played pieces. Some of the concerts are with full production – video screen and special effects – and some are straight-ahead best of compilation shows where video screens are not possible. Also, a very special show with the Colorado Symphony is scheduled for the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, CO.***

    26th May 2017 – Red Rocks Amphitheater (w/ Colorado Symphony), Morrison, Denver, CO
    27th May 2017 – Route 66 Casino – Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
    28th May 2017 – Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center, El Paso, TX
    30th May 2017 – Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX
    31st May 2017 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX
    1st June 2017 – Grand Theater at Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK

    *** "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson” shows with David Goodier on bass, John O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums. The first of those gigs is in Albuquerque, N.M., on May 27 and that run continues for four more nights, concluding June 1 in Durant, Okla. Another May date is still being teased.
    The shows are being described as "Best of Jethro Tull multimedia performances."
    Jethro Tull is scheduled to appear at Australia’s Bluesfest Byron Bay on April 16. A press release states that “’Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson’ will play in Australia and New Zealand during April with further tours and concerts throughout Europe, USA and South America later in the year.” So basically, expect more announcements soon.
    Ian Anderson’s most recent project is Jethro Tull – The String Quartets, twelve Tull songs in classical arrangements. The LP will hit U.S. shelves March 24 and is available for pre-order now. ***

    Press Release-



    Ian Anderson, John O’Hara, and the Carducci Quartet are set to release “Jethro Tull - The String Quartets,” a collection of 12 re-imagined Tull classics, allowing Tull fans and classical music connoisseurs to enjoy the band’s vast catalog in a new way.

    "Aquafugue (Aqualung)" for example, starts with the recognizable six note theme before continuing to follow the rules of a fugue. A subject, counter subject, and an accompanying counterpoint all alternate between the tonic and dominant keys. "Loco (Locomotive Breath)" begins with a cello cadenza inspired by the writing of J.S. Bach, an influential composer in Jethro Tull history. Other Tull favorites round out the tracklisting, such as "Farm, the Fourway (Farm on the Freeway),” which starts with a violin cadenza drawn from the recognizable harmonic progression of the song, and "In the Past (Living in the Past)," which opens with the famous 5/4 time riff that helped make the song successful.

    Says Anderson: “There were some songs rather special to me which featured the string quartet such as ‘A Christmas Song,’ ‘Reasons For Waiting’ and ‘Wond'ring Aloud.’ These were my first experiences of working with a quartet. John [O'Hara, keyboardist for Ian] came up with a few suggestions of his own which presented challenges. All had an intimacy and presence which I looked forward to recapturing...."
    O'Hara “felt a responsibility to delve deeper and offer a new imagining of each piece. An orchestrator’s job is to arrange and compose a new version of an existing work. However, I also felt a responsibility to the Jethro Tull listeners who cherish this material and may not welcome a radical rendition of a beloved song. My ambition was to create a thought-provoking album that remains true to Ian's compositions.”

    Jethro Tull - The String Quartets will be available in the USA on March 24th, 2017 via The End Records/BMG. The album is now available for pre-order on Pledge Music at,
    Official Tracklist
    01. In the Past (Living In The Past)
    02. Sossity Waiting (Sossity: You’re a Woman / Reasons For Waiting)
    03. Bungle (Bungle In The Jungle)
    04. We Used to Bach (We Used to Know / Bach Prelude C Major)
    05. Farm, the Fourway (Farm On The Freeway)
    06. Songs and Horses (Songs From The Wood / Heavy Horses)
    07. Only the Giving (Wond’ring Aloud)
    08. Loco (Locomotive Breath)
    09. Pass the Bottle (A Christmas Song)
    10. Velvet Gold (Velvet Green)
    11. Ring Out These Bells (Ring Out, Solstice Bells)
    12. Aquafugue (Aqualung)

    About The Carducci Quartet:
    Winners of international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition, this Anglo-Irish quartet has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe including the Wigmore Hall, London; National Concert Hall, Dublin; Tivoli Concert Hall, Copenhagen; Carnegie Hall, New York and Library of Congress and John F Kennedy Center, Washington DC. Festival appearances include Cheltenham Music Festival, Festival Messiaen au pays Meije, West Cork Chamber Music festival, Kuhmo Festival and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland. The Carducci Quartet are highly celebrated for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire, and are regularly invited to perform new works.

    JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson
    In addition, Ian Anderson is returning to the United States for three rock tours in 2017; firstly, during this May and June in the Mountain States, Texas, and Oklahoma. These concerts are Best of Jethro Tull multimedia performances billed as "Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson" and feature the regular rock band. They will take place in Albuquerque, El Paso, Sugar Land (Houston), Austin, and Durant OK. Tickets for Albuquerque, El Paso, Austin and Durant go on sale Friday, February 3. Sugar Land tickets go on sale Friday, February 24. Stay tuned for an announcement for one more show for the May tour.
    There will be a special concert of JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks Amphitheater, in Morrison, Colorado, on May 26.

    These are the tour dates with ticket links:
    MAY 26: Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
    Ticket Link:
    MAY 27: Route 66 Casino, Legends Theatre, Albuquerque, NM

    MAY 28: Plaza Theatre PAC, El Paso, TX
    MAY 30: Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land (Houston), TX
    MAY 31: ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX
    JUNE 1: Choctaw Casino, Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant, OK
    In 2017, JETHRO TULL by Ian Anderson will play in Australia and New Zealand during April with further tours and concerts throughout Europe, USA and South America later in the year.

    Ian is accompanied by Tull members David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums).
    Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. With nearly 50 years’ history, the band has performed more than 3,000 concerts in 40 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year.

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    Sadly it seems IA has given up on recording new material. What about a UK tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Sadly it seems IA has given up on recording new material.
    His last update said he's writing a studio album for release next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve983 View Post
    Sadly it seems IA has given up on recording new material.
    Negative, sir. This from the horses mouth in January, 2017:

    "My fingers are sore from a lot of relatively rare guitar playing as I finish up writing the final elements of the next studio album. And my brain is sore from marrying up the lyrics – many written over the last months – with the intricacies of the music while remembering to keep the keys, time signatures and tempos varied for interest and contrast."

    Of course this is assuming its not fake news.


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