Jethro Tull star taking his brick back on the road

Ian Anderson with bandmates
Ian Anderson with bandmates
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While busy with a string of highly anticipated UK acoustic shows, former St Annes musician Ian Anderson has announced he be hitting the road again in April next year for a 19 date UK tour commemorating the 40th Anniversary of his band Jethro Tull’s 1972 Billboard number one album Thick As A Brick.

The band’s chart-topping record will be played in its entirety - as initially recorded - for the first time since its original tour in 1972.

Thick as a Brick was a concept album based on a poem written by a fictitious 10 year old boy Gerald Bostock – in reality Anderson himself, who wrote both music and lyrics.

It only featured one seamless 45 minutes long track, although it was split to accommodate the album on vinyl and cassette. It reached number five in the UK charts.

Tickets for the tour went on sale yesterday.

Thick As A Brick – Whatever Happened to Gerald Bostock promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience, rediscovering a timeless milestone of progressive rock. The performances will also incorporate video projection and other theatrical elements.

Ian Anderson said: “I never thought I would do this music again in its entirety but, over the last couple of years, I have grown to rather like the idea and the prospect of a Prog moment of profound excess.

“The question is: will I now become filled with some dark and nefarious need to take this murky, anal business further? You never know..... “

Anderson will be joined by John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums.