I had the opportunity to see Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) in concert this past summer, and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen – impeccably choreographed, masterfully performed, surreal and often downright hilarious. Most artists Ian Anderson’s age may slot in a couple of new songs into their act, but mostly keep to a “greatest hits” setlist. But he managed to get his audience to sit through an entire hour of new material by the rather clever stratagem of writing an album-length sequel to Thick as a Brick (entitled, creatively, Thick as a Brick 2 ) and then performing the two records back-to-back.
The great thing is, it’s not a half-bad album. No, better than that: it’s an excellent album, a worthy follow-up to one of the all-time prog classics. “Banker Bets, Banker Wins” is one of the album’s highlights, and has been on constant repeat the last couple of days. It hits a solid triple: 1) classic electric/acoustic prog with a killer riff; 2) rock flute (you can never have enough); and 3) a clever take-down of the bastards who’ve made it their professional calling to wreck the economy every decade or so (again, you can never have too many such songs). Check it out.
- Homo Erraticus – The New Studio Album from Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson (jethrotull.com)
- Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Talks with Dr. Music (www.positivelynaperville.com)
Audio: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson on humorless prog-rock genre, “Thick As A Brick” sequel (www.tacomaweekly.com)