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Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick

Watching JETHRO TULL, perform THICK AS A BRICK live in 1978, brought back a memory from around that time. I had the opening act on a Jethro Tull Show somewhere, and I was hanging backstage in the Arena with some guys when I noticed the founder and leader of the band, Vocalist, Flautist and Guitarist Ian Anderson, in jeans and a T-shirt (for another band), leaning against the wall, drinking an Heineken's beer and watching the circus-like show that went on behind the scenes at the big time Arena Concerts...as far as I could tell I was the only one that recognized him. He noticed me looking at him and I immediately looked away, not wanting to spook him while he was enjoying his anonymity.

 

I always got a kick out of the band, who played a weird mixture of Hard Rock and Folk Music in a distinctive Progressive Rock style, and were named after a book most kids hated to read in High School. But what really cracked me up was when a swarm of groupies suddenly showed up back-stage on their mission, and one of the girls came over to us and said, "O.K., Which One Is Jethro?"

 

Jethro Tull was an incredibly successful band with a revolving door of great musicians who would play with Ian for a while and move on while producing 11 Gold and 5 Platinum Albums, and selling over 60 million records world-wide.

 

Fun Fact: Rolling Stone described Jethro Tull as: "One of the most commercially successful and eccentric of the progressive rock bands." So see for yourself, here's The Tull live in Madison Square Garden in 1978, in DVD quality video and sound. @therealdonrocks

 

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