Ian Anderson performs Jethro Tull

When: Fri., April 8, 8 p.m. 2016

Jethro Tull’s one-legged flautist Ian Anderson – who possesses both legs, but just stands on one to jam out on some prog rock with his flute – promised us on the phone that he’ll stay playing for as long as we’ll have him. His current tour is a multi media extravaganza, more akin to musical theater than regular club rock show. In his show, Anderson integrates his thoughts on climate change, global food production and population growth. Why? He told NUVO: “All of these things are of course, to some extent products of our time, but my need to talk those things or consider them in the context of what I do is because I’m a father, I’m a grandfather, I care about what happens next. I’m not a pessimist, but I do think that we have our work cut out, collectively, to manage resources in the years to come. Telling the story of the original Jethro Tull, the argiculture inventor, but repositioned in the present day and near future was an opporutnity to reimagine his life and time set in the narrative context of some of what Jethro Tull’s best-known records are, in a way that for me has a lot of detail behind it. But I’m aware that for most of the audience, they’ll just sit there tapping their toes and saying, ‘Hey, this is fun! I remember that one.’ It’s important for me to add some layers to the musical onion. I know there are other elements and areas of detail to what I’m doing that give me the personal artistic satisfaction that I’m not just a musicial jukebox with airmiles, appearing yet again doing the same thing. I enjoy making it more of a project, more of a production and presentation.”

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