Brick hits road

Jethro Tull 2011
Jethro Tull 2011

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull is hitting the road this month for a 19 date UK tour to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of Tull’s 1972 album ‘Thick As A Brick’.

To coincide with the tour Ian will release a groundbreaking sequel album ‘Thick As A Brick 2’ on April 2nd. During the first half of the show Ian and his band will perform th original album in its entirety and during the second half the new album will be aired.

‘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. The anniversary “part two”

album will examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy might have taken later in life through alter-ego characters with song-section identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity.

‘Thick As A Brick – Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock’ promises to be a unique experience, rediscovering a timeless milestone of progressive rock.

The performances will also incorporate video projection and other theatrical elements, as Ian Anderson performs some of his finest work with the added maturity and skill acquired across a 44 year-long career.

During the ‘Thick As a Brick’ tour Anderson will be joined by John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums as well as a guest performer.

There are two opportunities for local fans to see the show, Thursday 19th April at the City Hall Sheffield (Box Office 0114 278 9789) and Tuesday 24th April at Derby Assembly Rooms (Box Office 01332 255 800).