Is Ian Anderson Too Old to Prog Rock & Roll? Never! Anderson decided in April that Jethro Tull was too old to rock & roll and retired the band to the musical archives of history but the front man himself, at 66, is way too young to die...
He simply decided to stick his balding head up and be known by his own name and this year has him nominated for three awards at the upcoming British Prog Rock Awards plus his solo album, Homo Erraticus, proving to be a winner. He is touring as Ian Anderson and his Band and they will play Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on December 15.
Of course, Mr Anderson will be delivering renditions of some of the Tull favourites like Thick as a Brick, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath, albeit perhaps with a fresh twist or six and his concerts are selling out quite quickly. If you are travelling from out of town to see the concert, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston can look after your accommodation needs.
And, if I may indulge for a wee bit – one of my favourite tracks from the 1972 Jethro Tull album Living in the Past is Life is a Long Song… here is a clip of Anderson giving it a more recent treatment. Lovely!