Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull

Beacon Theater, NY, NY

Ian Anderson
Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour
Beacon Theater
New York, NY,  September 11 2018
Article By Dennis Morgillo​
Photos By Rebecca Wolf

It’s been 50 years gone since Jethro Tull first formed in England. “This Was” released in 1968, kicked off a musical journey that featured more than 20 albums and even more musicians than that. What started out as pure British blues rock outfit, later experimented with Folk, Olde English and eventually Progressive Rock. 

It has been an amazing career, and I consider Jethro Tull one of the greatest, most original and influential bands of all time. 

Jethro Tull released 10 iconic albums between 1968 & 1978. “This Was”, “Stand Up”, “Benefit”, “Aqualung”, “Thick as a Brick”, “A Passion Play”, “War Child”, “Minstrel in the Gallery”, “Too Old to Rock n Roll” and “Songs From the Wood”. Many consider “Aqualung” to be one of the greatest albums ever recorded and the song is always at the top of the greatest songs list. Everyone knows that riff!

As a small child, I was afraid of Jethro Tull. My older siblings had posters on their walls of these long haired, wild eyed, crazy Brits. I grew to love the band, I have seen them in concert quite a few times, and actually got to interview Ian Anderson for this tour. 
The 50th Anniversary tour took us on a beautiful musical and multimedia journey of the band’s history. The current band consists of Ian Anderson and a tight group of talented musicians. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the video interviews and messages of former band mates and celebrity fans. Messages came from “Jeffrey Hammond”, “Slash” and “Tony Iommi” to name a few. 

It was a who’s who in the VIP waiting area as I was chatting with Bruce Wilis and Hank Azaria. WIllis is apparently a big fan who slipped in and out of the theater unnoticed, but seemed to enjoy the show immensely. 

Ian Anderson is charming and witty, his voice is in fine form as he sings, plays his flute and roams the stage. Even doing his signature 1 leg pose with great energy and vigor. 

The music was incredible of course. Some new arrangements and true to the record versions of the band’s greatest songs and deep tracks. “A Song for Jeffrey”, “Bouree in E Minor”, “My God”, “Thick as a Brick”, “A Passion Play”, “Too Old to Rock n Roll”, and even a beautiful Christmas song in September “Ring Out the Solstice Bells”. 

They closed the show out with an incredible version of “Aqualung” and then for the encore it was “Locomotive Breath”. Man what a great show. I thoroughly enjoyed this night of nostalgia, history and old friends. Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson and all the musicians who have shared that stage are legends. Thank You for the music and the memories. 
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