Progressive rock icon Ian Anderson rose to fame in the late '60's as the frontman of legendary prog outfit Jethro Tull, and he continues to carry on the band's legacy today. The eccentric singer and all-around musical talent elevated the flute to rock and roll prominence with his prodigious playing on classic hits like "The Witch's Promise" and "Living in the Past", and he continues to delight fans with virtuosic flute-playing at his mesmerizing live shows. Although Jethro Tull officially retired their name in 2011, fans can still catch Anderson on a highly anticipated tour that features the late great band's biggest hits as well as cuts from his 2014 album Homo Erraticus.
Scottish-born, British-raised Ian Anderson was exposed to music at an early age through his father's big band and jazz records. He formed his first band Blades in 1962, and a few years later he took up the flute as a way to set his sound apart from a musical landscape already saturated with hallowed guitarists. In 1967 he moved to London with the band, which underwent numerous name changes before finally settling on the name Jethro Tull, which had been suggested by a booking agent. The band's 1968 debut album This Was fared relatively well, but their 1969 sophomore album Stand Up launched them to international superstardom, topping the UK Albums Chart and establishing them as pioneers of the budding progressive rock movement. A string of critically and commercially successful albums followed over the next three decades, including a number of popular solo albums by Anderson. In 2012 Anderson released TAAB2: Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock, a sequel to Jethro Tull's epochal 1972 album Thick as a Brick, and in 2014 he thrilled fans with the announcement of a tour featuring the legendary band's greatest hits performed alongside his album Homo Erraticus.
FANS WHO BOUGHT TICKETS SAY:
" Great show. Being a Jethro Tull fan this was a real treat to see. Brought me back in time. This was a show all would enjoy.
" This was a great show. Ian Anderson is a world class musician who's showmanship is on full display. Ian is agile and puts on the full show!"
" I wasn't sure what to expect at his age. But dang this show was such an unexpected surprise. I could not get enough of Ian's flute playing. It gave me goose bumps. The show lasted at least 2 hours with one encore, another unexpected surprise."