Anderson Simon and Sting sounds like a law firm or an advertising agency but this trio refers to three legendary musicians heading to Sydney.
Sydney’s aging rockers are in for a Christmas and New Year treat with Ian Anderson (and band) performing at the Sydney Opera House on December 11 and Sting and Paul Simon together on stage at the old Ent Centre (now the Qantas Credit Union Arena) on February 16.
Ian Anderson announced in April that his old band, Jethro Tull, had been despatched to the historical musical archive shelves and that he wants to be known, in his twilight years, simply as ‘Ian Anderson’, rather than as Mr Tull. He still performs the old Tull favourites like Thick as a Brick and Aqualung, some in very new arrangements, and there is new material as well.
Tullophiles will remember young Gerald Bostock’s liner notes for the Thick as a Brick album… Gerald also made a comeback this year to write the cover notes to Ian’s latest solo album, Homo Erraticus. Gerald, of course, is a figment of Anderson’s imagination, which seems as fertile as ever. Mr Anderson is 66 years young, by the way…
Sting disbanded The Police quite a long while ago and Simon and Garfunkel had more splits than a gymnastic class and this new musical synergy came about through luck as much as evolution – they were asked to play at a New York charity last year and it ‘worked’ – so much so that they went on tour in the US to rave reviews… and that’s the tour that comes to Sydney in February. On the age front Sting is 62 and Paul Simon is 72.