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Jethro Tull in Concert November 8, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan

Updated on June 1, 2014

Jethro Tull Detroit, Michigan A Great Concert

Jethro Tull in Concert November 8, 1972. Jethro Tull was scheduled to play a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan on November 8, 1972. I was in my second year of college and since I lived in an apartment in Ann Arbor, Michigan with friends it was the beginning of my first taste of adult freedom. I had recently become intrigued with Jethro Tull a band which produced music with true musical genius. The led musician Ian Anderson was the most amazing performer and musician I had ever seen. It was the fall semester of 1972 and I had tickets to a Jethro Tull concert at Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit, Michigan. I was on top of the world.

This was the first time in my life I would go to a concert without being chaperoned by my parents. In fact I didn't ever let mhy parents know that I planned to go to the concert. I'm certain they would have told me to stay home and study.

I was so excited the day of the concert since it was the first time I ever had full charge of my entertainment. That fall was my sophomore year of college, I was 19 years old and ready to take charge of my life. I discovered Jethro Tull at a friends house when I was asked to change the phonograph record. I thumb through the selection and the cover of Aqualung struck me as something I needed to listen to then. I placed it on the player and it was love at first listen. I had mostly listened to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Motown. This was something unique and since I played the flute I was taken aback at the amazing fingering and tonguing of Ian Andersons flute. It was nothing like any other music I ever listened to or played myself.

Aqualung and the Concert in Detroit, Michigan - Jethro Tull was Amazing

The excitement of being on my own to experience something of my choosing was exciting enough to keep my mind occupied. The ride from Ann Arbor to Detroit, Michigan was about a 50 minute trip. I had been to Cobo Hall for a few events in the past with my parents who watched over me so I wouldn't be kidnapped or killed in the big city of Detroit. They had warned me how dangerous it was in the city and had keep me in the country and the suburbs most of my life. There had been the Detroit Riots several summers before and the city had been off limits ever since then.

The ride to the concert was filled with talk and wonder and my friends who had a much less sheltered life were much more experienced than I was then. We arrived early and found out seats and waited in anticipation for the concert to begin. When the moment arrive a crack and puff of smoke produce Ian Anderson and his flute. This was real and the music sounded just like the sounds I heard on that Aqualung album. He had a microphone adapted to his flute and it rang out in perfect pitches and Ian's fingering on his flute was quite unlike my own.

The sounds that came from that flute brought me to a time when I was learning to play the flute and how difficult it really was to produce the sounds he so effortlessly made. I was sure that if I practiced I too could be that precise. Well needless to say it didn't happen at least not yet.

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After the concert ended it was like something had gone off in my head that I really needed to practice that flute. I soon discovered another album called "Thick as a Brick". I became more determined to learn these new songs with word that seemed to reflect a side of life I had only heard of in song. I witnessed sounds that I never knew the flute could produce. I went home that weekend and brought my flute back with me and was determined to learn to make those sounds.

Unfortunately, life has it's priorities and the flute has always been part of it, but not a major part. College required most of my time and I worked as a Nursing Assistant in two of the local Nursing Homes to met my tuition payments, pay the rent. by gas for my car, and of course eat.

Throughout the next decade or so I managed to attended several more Jethro Tull Concerts. The flute playing of Ian Anderson only got better and the showmanship of the band was very professionally choreographed. Every time I attended a concert the music was better and the performance more entertaining. Just like I matured over that time so did Jethro Tull and the flute music of Ian Anderson. Overtime their was marriage and children to attended to and of course my career. The time slipped away and now when I feel nostalgic I pop a CD of Jethro Tull into the player of my car singing at the top of my lungs along with the band. A concert by me and for me and all of the times I wished I could play as well.

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      5 years ago

      first single I ever have had bought for me as a birthday gift was Living in The Past

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      5 years ago

      Love Tull. My first concert was Rory Gallagher in Glasgow.

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      5 years ago

      Beatles, Denver 1964, Red Rocks Amphitheater......I remember that the ticket prices were 3 times the going rate in those days. They were charging the unheard of price of $6.60/ticket. One full Saturday's wages from working as a box boy at Safeway. But I considered the money well spent in those days, much to the chagrin of my folks who had never let me go to a concert before and could not understand what all the hoo-haw was about over the Beatles. But they drove myself and two friends to the concert anyway. Many other concerts were to follow over the years but that was my first and the best. Thanks for a fun read today, as I also was a fan of Ian Anderson.

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      5 years ago

      Hey. Am big on JethroTull and huge on Ian Anderson but never watched them live. You put on a good lens. My first concert was like 25 years back, an Indian Rock band called Rock Machine and it just blew me away & guess what couple months they played in Goa & I was blown again. Cheers.


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