Jethro Tull: Aqualung, Jonathan Noyce & Doane Perry notes

Jethro Tull are working on dates in Asia and Europe the first half of 2006.  Here in the States, I've got a few goals with the band.  One is that the new version of AQUALUNG will finally be available in the States in record stores for everyone in late February, so let me know if you're interested.  

This album was recorded at XM Radio in November 2004, and given away to fans at Tull concerts this past fall as part of the price of the ticket.  That price, then, went to help homeless hurricane Katrina victims via the Red Cross.

In the upcoming campaign for the album, Ian Anderson wants folks to know that AQUALUNG has quite a bit of electric and acoustic range.  It's more than just that rock-edged song, "Aqualung."

I also want the media to take note of Tull's rhythm section.  Drummer Doane Perry is celebrating his 21st year in the group, and originally joined the band after working with Pat Benatar. He still does sessions, and for this past tour, he did a lion's share of the interviews, and reporters really enjoyed chatting with him.  He's very well-read, loves to write, and is a very kind person.

Bassist Jonathan Noyce told me he's written a number of columns for the British publication, BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE and about jamming with Gary Moore and other former members of Thin Lizzy.  He's goign to the studio with Gary Moore's next album, which will be leaning towards the Stax soul sound.  "As a direct result of working with Gary, in August I was asked to join the former members of Thin Lizzy for a one off concert at The Point in Dublin, Ireland, to commemorate the memory and the birthday of the late bassist and lead singer Phil Lynott. The show was recorded for future DVD release. I was joined on stage by Gary Moore, who took Phil's vocal duties, drummer Bryan Downey, guitarists Scott Gorham, Bryan Robertson and Eric Bell."   OKAY, SO JONATHAN PLAYED PHIL LYNOTT'S PARTS LIVE.

He also recorded a CD with a very talented young Irish singer songwriter called Leanne Harte for a future release, and someday he hopes his own solo project will see the light of day.  

So, in addition to the usual Ian Anderson interviews, I want to make both Jonathan and Doane available to the media this year.  Both are worth your while.