Ian Anderson tour
Posted: 16 Mar 2015
Ian Anderson rocks his band’s namesake
Progressive rock pioneer Ian Anderson is bringing ‘Jethro
Tull – The Rock Opera’ to the Sage Gateshead on 13 September.
The show honours the 18th century
English agriculturalist after which the band was named back in 1968.
It tells the
story of the original Jethro Tull's life, reimagined as if in the near future
and illustrated with Anderson's best-known material from the band’s repertoire.
The set-list will include many songs that
Anderson found to be natural parallels with Tull’s life story including Wind
Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs
from the Wood.
Some songs have been incorporated with slightly
revised lyrics, and five newly written songs have also been added to the mix.
Performing with Ian will be David Goodier on bass, John
O’Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Scott Hammond on drums plus some
‘virtual guests’ on a big HD video screen.
Ian said: “Instead of spoken introductions to
the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device the
‘recitative’ where the links are made by short, sung, vocal segments in a
usually simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more
entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.”