Jethro Tull 25th Anniversary Tour

by Joseph Terrazas

It was 93 degrees at 11:30 at night, but what an cool incredible time to see this progressive blues Jethro-Tull-Ticketband. (Procol Harum ) opened up for them. Always known for their theatricality and long medleys, the whole band developed their own personal flamboyant costumes.

A manic Anderson with  bushy hair and beard, dressed in ragged clothes, they surely came through, with their old classics – A new day yesterday,Teacher, Thick as a brick, Crossed Eye’d Mary, Aqualung (written when Anderson and his wife were walking through a park, when a vagrant man sleeping on a park bench was hacking and coughing” sounded like he had water in his lungs)  & Locomotive Breath.

Anderson putting his flute between his legs and pointing it out, then standing on one leg while accompanying a song running around the stage like a lunatic !!!  This 25th anniversary show was fantastic, they didn’t think they would last that long that’s why they titled their 1st album “This  Jethro-TullWas” cause they thought that was it. I saw him in Miami doing the “Thick As A Brick” tour, then in Virginia doing the “Bursting out” tour. But this anniversary show was the best.

Known at first as The Blades, Anderson’s band had trouble getting repeat bookings and they took to changing their name frequently to continue playing the London Club circuit. A friend, a history enthusiast, eventually christened them “Jethro Tull” after an 18th Century agrigulcurist.The name stuck because they happened to be using it the first time a club manager liked their show enough to keep booking them. 1993 was marked as the 25th Anniversary of Jethro Tull . It was around 1967 that Anderson purchased a flute after becoming frustrated with his inability to play guitar like Eric Clapton.

They were sure a big part of rock history they put the folk and wood winds into rock music.

Thank you. Joseph Terrazas


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