- Entertainment and Media»
Classic Rock Music
Ian Anderson 1979
Classic Rock: Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull....
I am a diehard Tull fan and I thought it would be a cold day in hell before I saw Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull in the middle of the desert. Instead it was a cold night in the desert in August no less. In fact it was freezing but no one seemed to care. The British rockers took the stage and rocked the house.
Ian Anderson is no spring chicken, but then none of us are any more. He still dances and prances across the stage holding his flute, while holding one leg up like the minstrel man. Ian Anderson is amazing and awesome, he mixes up hard rock with lyrical minstrel music with a little classical mixed in.
The audience was great. I think it was the first time I had ever seen people bring their children to see Tull. I had brought my Artist who was only a teenager at the time. Why? I brought my Artist so he could experience what I had so many times in the past. A Tull concert had been my first date with my husband, his Father. A lot of people were talking about the last time we had seen Tull since the late 1970s, we all had vivid memories of our last Concert with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull.
Tull played to a full house with the crowd going crazy every time he launched into a classic such as "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath." My Artist for the first time saw his Mother as he had never seen me before; up on my seat dancing and rocking out just like I had done so many times before he was born. The last time I had seen Tull Ian Anderson's hair had been long and in a ponytail, on this night it was short with a bandana on his head.
Back in the 1980s Ian Anderson had to give up his art for three years due a throat problem. You never would have known it from his performance on this cold desert night. In the past I had always seen Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull in large arenas. However, seeing he and the band in a smaller forum was an opportunity of a lifetime.
The band played some new material and it was great, done with the same awesome musical style as his old material. He threw beach balls into the crowd and we all went crazy, as he played his flute with frenetic notes and sang his heart out. Two hours of Tull is never enough.
A beautiful memory with my Artist......