Ian Anderson – Jethro Tull – Joe Viglione – Friday Night on Non-Visual Radio on Activate Radio
Non-Visual Radio every Friday Night at 8 pm on Activate Radio – activatemedia.org
By Patrick Wilson
It was half a century ago, seriously, check your calendar and phone. In a place not so far away, Jethro Tull blew the minds of another generation. Yep, the same boomers that were taking in Andrew Loyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar had tickets to see Jethro Tull play Tanglewood. On July 7th, 1970, our parent’s and many of our grandparent’s were at this show in Lenox, Massachusetts. The audio isn’t perfect in this recording. Then again, consider this was 49 years ago, technology and all. How often do we get to relive a night of a previous generation where we can trace roots to it. Ian Anderson hangs with Joe Viglione of Non-Visual Radio this Friday Night at 8 pm ET on Activate Radio.
Jethro Tull are a British rock band formed in Blackpool, Lancashire, in 1967. Initially playing blues rock, the band later developed their sound to incorporate elements of hard and folk rock to forge a progressive rocksignature. The band is led by vocalist/flautist/guitarist Ian Anderson, and has featured a revolving door of lineups through the years including significant members such as guitarists Mick Abrahams and Martin Barre, keyboardist John Evan, drummers Clive Bunker, Barriemore Barlow, and Doane Perry, and bassists Glenn Cornick, Jeffrey Hammond, John Glascock, and Dave Pegg.
The group first achieved commercial success in 1969, with the folk-tinged blues album Stand Up, which reached No. 1 in the UK, and they toured regularly in the UK and the US. Their musical style shifted in the direction of progressive rock with the albums Aqualung (1971), Thick as a Brick (1972) and A Passion Play (1973), and shifted again to hard rock mixed with folk rock with Songs from the Wood (1977) and Heavy Horses (1978). Jethro Tull have sold an estimated 60 million albums worldwide, with 11 gold and five platinum albums among them. They have been described by Rolling Stone as “one of the most commercially successful and eccentric progressive rock bands”.
The last works as a group to contain new material were released in 2003, though the band continued to tour until 2011. Anderson said Jethro Tull were finished in 2014; however, in September 2017 Anderson announced plans for a tour to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the band’s first album This Was, and then record a new studio album in 2018. The current band line-up includes musicians who have been members of Anderson’s solo band since 2012. The band began a world tour on 1 March 2018.
Ian Anderson joins Joe Viglione. host of Non-Visual Radio friday night on Activate Radio. Jethro Tull will be playing a show in Medford, Massachusetts on September 11th, at the Chevalier Theater . Tickets are available here.
The Chevalier Theater is at 30 Forest Street, Medford, MA