Jethro Tull’s “Thick As A Brick 2” and UK Tour Dates

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Jethro Tull has toured 54 countries, released 30 studio and live albums, and sold over 60 million albums.  It’s pretty safe to say this band has made a solid spot in rock and roll history.

Back in 1972 Ian Anderson wrote and recorded Thick As A Brick yet it was penned under the name Gerald Bostock. Gerald is a character Ian created. Thick As A Brick didn’t take long to peak at the #1 spot on the charts around the globe once released. It took Ian, or shall I say Gerald, 40 years to complete the follow-up to the successful album. Today Thick As A Brick 2 hits the digital shelves, as well as, Ian and the band embarking on a 3 week tour in the UK.  The setlist for the tour will consist of Thick As a Brick played in its entirety as well the newly released sequel.

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Tour dates and tracklisting for Thick As A Brick are below.


Date   City Venue Box Office  
18th   Liverpool Philharmonic 0151 709 3789
19th   Sheffield City Hall 0114 2 789 789
20th   Blackburn St George’s Hall 0844 847 1664
21th   Harrogate Royal Hall 0845 130 8840
22th   Manchester Opera House 0844 847 2484
24th Derby Assembly Rooms 01332 255 800
25th Ipswich Regent Theatre 01473 433100
27th London Hammersmith Apollo 0843 221 0100
28th Bristol Colston Hall 0117 922 3686
29th High Wycombe The Swan Theatre 01494 512 000
30th Birmingham Symphony Hall 0121 780 3333


Oxford Apollo 0844 847 1588
3rd   Reading Hexagon 0118 960 6060
4th   Guildford G Live 0844 7701 797
5th   Cardiff St David’s Hall 029 2087 8444
6th   Southampton Guildhall 023 8063 2601

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Thick As A Brick 2 (‘TAAB2’) tracklist [CD, digital]

1. From A Pebble Thrown
2. Pebbles Instrumental
3. Might-have-beens
4. Upper Sixth Loan Shark
5. Banker Bets, Banker Wins
6. Swing It Far
7. Adrift And Dumfounded
8. Old School Song
9. Wootton Bassett Town
10. Power And Spirit
11. Give Till It Hurts
12. Cosy Corner
13. Shunt And Shuffle
14. A Change Of Horses
15. Confessional
16. Kismet In Suburbia
17. What-ifs, Maybes And Might-have-beens

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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

Going to see Procol Harum was a leap of faith for me. Growing up and being so heavily influenced by lead vocalist Gary Brooker was one thing – seeing him and the band playing songs that are four decades old was another.

When he and the band strode out on stage in polo shirts and dress slacks – I thought it was someone’s grandpa got lost and wandered up onto the stage.

When he opened his mouth to sing; I was sure I was in the right place – maybe not the right time. His voice was flawless. How can this be 2010? This guy – this 65 year old man sang like it was 1972. The band worked their way through the old catalog and the new and about the time they got to “Conquistador” was I was in fits. At “Whiter Shade of Pale” you could have knocked me over with a feather.

Next – classic rock’s favorite leaping gnome took the stage at the breezy out door arena.

For the youngsters who are looking to expand into true “alternative’ music, the best place to start is Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull.

They were the original “alternative” band back in 1968.

While the rest of the rock music scene was screaming guitars and ripping off Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon, Tull was doing covers written by the likes of King Henry the 8th (you know the guy – fat, royal, cuts off heads…)

Anderson and company found a way to blend rock and roll with folk music – dashed with a little medieval-prog rock. Then they centered it all around Anderson and his flute.

With hits such as “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” and “Songs of the Wood” the group has sold over 60,000,000 records.

Tonight – despite all the years – all the tours – they played with the enthusiasm and humor of kids on a lark.

Anderson’s cod piece is gone (thankfully) but his trademark quasi-yoga poses and his urgent flute playing carried the night.

Martin Barre – guitar virtuoso and long time Anderson compadre – is 64-years old and I put his playing up against any of the younger players out there. He had been doing what he does on that Paul Reed Smith 513 for a long time – but his power and his passion come through on every note.

They blended the old hits with the newer cuts and gave the audience exactly what they came for – a rousing set of incredible music played by outstanding musicians.

This will likely be the highlight of the summer for live music. Not too many bands can span as many generations as these two bands. Even less bands out there could put on a show like I witnessed.

If you get a chance to see either of these bands – by all means – this is no nostalgia act. This is real rock and roll.

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It is no surprise that Ian Anderson – Jethro Tull’s iconic flue player – is as eclectic and unpredictable as the music he has been playing since around 1968.  The soft-spoken musician is as much at ease talking about his early days as a blues musician as he is talking about being a grandfather in “barbecue shorts.”

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