To mark the landmark in the history of one of the biggest Progressive Rock artists of all time Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule.

It was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.
 
The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year.  Founder, frontman and flautist, Ian Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece! 
 
The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the ?heavy hitters? of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.
 
Ian Anderson will be accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests.
 
On the subject of the tour Anderson says: ?I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks – musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.?
 
Tour dates are as follows:
 
April 2018
 
Tuesday 3rd               Manchester   O2 Apollo
Thursday 5th             Newcastle     City Hall
Friday 6th                  Edinburgh      Usher Hall
Saturday 7th              Liverpool        Auditorium
Monday 9th               Bristol             Colston Hall
Tuesday 10th            Birmingham   Symphony Hall
Wednesday 11th      Cambridge    Corn Exchange
Tuesday 17th            London           Royal Albert Hall
 
Pre-sale Tickets available on 30th August: http://www.gigantic.com/jethro-tull-tickets-presale-1051 and venue box offices. Tickets are subject to booking fee. There is no support – please see ticket for start time.
 
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