MUSIC NEWS - Jethro Tull's IAN ANDERSON has announced that he will perform both his composition THICK AS A BRICK in its entirety for the first time since 1972, and his new album, THICK AS A BRICK 2 for an upcoming world tour.
This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video and additional musicians, including Ian's band: bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O'Hara, drummer Scott Hammond, and guitarist Florian Opahle; all of whom have performed with Ian on his solo dates over the years as well as having performed at various times as members of Jethro Tull.
Thick As A Brick is recognized as Jethro Tull's definitive progressive rock classic album. The record features one continuous song lasting nearly 45 minutes which broadened rock beyond the limitations of the short song format. It hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and enjoyed huge worldwide success.
Since 1972, the original Thick As A Brick has never been performed in its entirety although a few minutes of the material have been a regular repertoire staple in both Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson solo shows over the years.
Ian's new album, Thick As A Brick 2 (TAAB2) answers the question 40 years later, whatever happened to Gerald Bostock (the ficticious person credited with writing the lyrics for Thick As A Brick). Ian Anderson says "Part two" gave him a chance to wonder, "How we baby-boomers look back on our own lives, and often feel an occasional 'what-if' moment. Might we, like Gerald, have become instead preacher, soldier, down-and-out shopkeeper or finance tycoon?"
TAAB2 also features David, John, Scott, and Florian. It was produced by Ian Anderson
and mixed by Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson (who also re-mixed Jethro Tull's AQUALUNG-Special Edition, released this past fall).
After 44 years of leading Tull to 54 countries worldwide and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates these true progressive rock classics with old and new fans across the world. Ian is known as the flute, voice and composer of the legendary Jethro Tull which formed in England in 1968. Since their first performance at London's famous Marquee Club in 1968, the band has released 30 studio and live albums and earned a prominent place in rock history.