RAVINIA ANNOUNCES JETHRO TULL BY IAN ANDERSON 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
HIGHLAND PARK, IL –
It was on Feb. 2, 1968, at the world-famous Marquee Club on 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 the 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 to audiences at Ravinia on Sept. 3, 2018, as part of a worldwide touring schedule. The band first appeared at Ravinia in 2000 and returned in June 2010. Most recently, Anderson traveled to Ravinia to perform the songs of Jethro Tull in 2013.
The band’s debut album, This Was, was released later that same year. Founder, frontman, and flutist Anderson is credited with introducing the flute to rock as a frontline instrument, not to mention the codpiece!
Jethro Tull is one of the biggest selling progressive rock artists of all time, and its immense and diverse catalogue of work encompasses folk, blues, classical, and heavy rock. The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focusing 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 ’n’ Roll: Too Young to Die!, Songs from the Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest of a Knave, and even a touch of 2012’s Thick as a Brick 2.
Anderson said, “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy, but, just for once, I won’t be a party pooper! 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.”
Anderson is accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O’Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums), and surprise virtual guests.
Tickets will go on sale to donors to the not-for-profit Ravinia Festival Nov. 17–20. The general public will be able to purchase tickets on Nov. 21, only at www.ravinia.org. Ravinia’s full 2018 season lineup will be announced on Mar. 14, 2018.
ABOUT JETHRO TULL
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull has 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 more than 100 concerts each year.