Jethro Tull front man in intimate setting at Palace Theatre in Southend

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Fans of prog rock have a treat in store when Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull, reaches The Palace Theatre, Southend on Monday May 18.

It will be an intimate evening of performance and chat with archive video footage covering Ian’s career and the history of his band Jethro Tull.

Ian will be accompanied by guitarist Joe Parrish and the audience will be invited to pose interesting and challenging questions.

Ian Anderson said: “I’m looking forward to visiting some lesser played Tull songs and receiving some tricky questions from the audience!”

For the ardent Jethro Tull fan, this is an event not to be missed.

Ian Anderson formed a blues and jazz fusion band in the mid-60s and the name changed frequently until an agent with an interest in history, booked them as Jethro Tull (inventor of the seed drill), and the name stuck.

Tull’s debut album This Was received favourable reviews and sold well upon its release in 1968. The commercial break though came the following year when Living In The Past, with it’s unusual 5/4 time signature, reached number 11 in the singles chart and the album Stand Up, which saw the introduction of guitarist Martin Barre, the one constant in a much changing line up over the next 43 years, consolidated their popularity.

Following the release of the classic album Aqualung in 1971, Jethro Tull became one of the most distinctive and original bands to fall under the ‘progressive rock’ umbrella and that still sets them apart as one of the best-loved bands of the genre.

Tickets for Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull are available from the Palace Theatre.

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Mick Ferris

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