‘Jethro Tull – The Rock Opera’

Ian Anderson announces November dates for his musical take on the life of the 17th/18th century agricultural pioneer whose name he borrowed for a band 40 plus years ago.

Photo: Edison Graff
Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, Nev.

The subject of Anderson’s opus is none other than Jethro Tull, who was an important figure in Britain’s agricultural revolution.  One of Tull’s accomplishment was his work on the horse-drawn seed drill.

Now, after decades fronting the band Jethro Tull, Anderson is now looking at the man behind the name.  Presented in a quasi-opera structure, the work reimagines the original Tull’s life as if it takes place in the near future.

The story includes many Jethro Tull classics, such as “Songs From The Wood,” “Living In The Past” “Locomotive Breath” and “A New Day Yesterday.”  In some instances the lyrics to the songs have been slightly adjusted to tell the tale.  Expect new songs as well as surprise “virtual guests” appearing on video.

Anderson will be accompanied by bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’Hara, guitarist Florian Opahle and drummer Scott Hammond.  Here’s the routing:

Nov. 1 – Chicago, Ill., Chicago Theatre
Nov. 3 – Detroit, Mich., Fox Theatre
Nov. 5 – Boston, Mass., Citi Performing Arts Center
Nov. 6 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Kings Theatre
Nov. 7 – Philadelphia, Pa., Academy Of Music
Nov. 8 – Mashantucket, Conn., Foxwoods Resort Casino
Nov. 10 – Port Chester, N.Y., The Capitol Theatre
Nov. 11 – Newark, N.J., New Jersey Perf. Arts Center 

Presales for select shows begin this week with general onsales launching April 10.  Head over to IanAnderson.com for more information.

Wait a sec, there’s more.  Be sure to click here for Pollstar’s 2014 interview with Ian Anderson and here for his 2012 Q&A.