Ian Anderson Presents 50 Years of JETHRO TULL

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50th Anniversary Tour, US Summer 2018

It was on the 2nd of February 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street that Jethro Tull first performed under that name. The group would go on to become one of the most successful and enduring bands of their era, selling over 60 million albums worldwide and entering the cultural collective consciousness along the way.

To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in summertime U.S. concerts, as part of the worldwide touring schedule.

The debut album, This Was, was released later that same year.  Founder, frontman and flautist, Ian Anderson, is rightly credited with introducing the flute to rock as a front line instrument, not to mention the codpiece! 

Jethro Tull are one of the biggest selling Progressive Rock artists of all time, and the group’s immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock stylings. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalogue from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.

Anderson says:  “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won't be a party-pooper either! I treasure the memories of the earlier years of Jethro Tull repertoire, associated as it is with the adventures of visiting so many countries for the first time to connect with new fans around the world. And this is a celebration of all the 33 band members who graced our ranks - musicians who brought their talents, skills and styles to bear on the performances live and in the studio. Join me and the current band for a nostalgic evening of varied music, representative of my ever-changing songwriting as our careers progressed through the years.”

Ian Anderson is accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests

About Jethro Tull

Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year.

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson 50th Anniversary Tour Dates
(Most shows on sale this Friday, but some on Nov. 17 or 18, Woodinville, WA on-sale March 2018)
5/30/18  Phoenix, AZ: Comerica Theatre  
6/1/18   Los Angeles, CA: Greek Theatre
6/2/18   Berkeley, CA: The Greek Theatre
6/3/18   Paso Robles, CA: Vina Robles Amphitheatre
6/5/18   Visalia, CA: Visalia Fox Theatre
6/6/18   Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Community Theater
6/8/18   Bend, OR:  Les Schwab Amphitheater
6/9/18   Troutdale, OR: Edgefield
6/10/18  Woodinville, WA: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
6/29/18  Saint Louis, MO: Fox Theatre
6/30/18  New Buffalo, MI: Four Winds Casino Resort - Silver Creek Event Center                                              
7/1/18   Sterling Heights, MI: Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill                                               
7/3/18   Toronto, ON: Budweiser Stage
8/31/18  Minneapolis, MN: State Theatre
9/1/18   Kansas City, MO: Starlight Theatre
9/3/18   Highland Park, IL: Ravinia Festival
9/5/18   Huber Heights, OH: Rose Music Center at the Heights
9/7/18   Vienna, VA: Wolf Trap
9/8/18   Philadelphia, PA: Mann Center for the Performing Arts
9/9/18   Boston, MA: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
9/11/18 New York, NY -Beacon Theatre



Behind The Curtain, song about transparency by Joe Deninzon

Election week, and news of our nation and world leaders, plus those JFK conspiracy theories at Watercoolers, Messengers, and Beauty Parlors all over.
This is Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius’ BEHIND THE CURTAIN, which deals with transparency! 
Electric violin-fueled progressive hard rock! A song that talks about the masks we all wear in public. Questioning public figures, corporations, politicians. Conspiracies. Similar tempo to Black Sabbath’s PARANOID. The song uses lots of “Oz” keywords: “Pay No Attention to the Man Behind The Curtain.” “Click your heels 3 times.” Similar tempo to Black Sabbath’s PARANOID. 
Joe does sessions, string arrangements, co-writes; he wrote the electric violin technique book, PLUGGIN’ IN for Mel Bay books. Recently he’s performed live with Renaissance, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Criss, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra…
by Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius
Running on inertia
Propped up fake euphoria
Paper thin disguises
Human skin behind them
We suppress the demons
Feel the hunger grumbling
Show your poker face and dodge the lightning 
Nothing is certain
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain 
Wear the mask so righteous 
Quick to judge the careless 
Those who free the monster 
Living in glass houses 
Stare at our reflection
Cracking through the mirror
Feel them breathing down your neck they’re coming nearer 
Dig the dirt in
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain 
Click your heels three times and wish for the courage 
To fight tornadoes that smash you to pieces
Free yourself up and they’ll chain you forever

Welcome to the circus
It’s your biggest nightmare 
Wear the scarlet letter 
Scrutinized forever
All the doors are bolted
You can’t find your way home 
Everybody knows your name You feel so alone 
Put your mask on
And tuck your shirt in
Pay no attention to the
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain 
© 2017  By Joe Deninzon, All Rights Reserved