Ian Anderson Gives It His Tull

The Pearl, September 19

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Photo by Edison Graff

Maybe it had proved to be too much for fans in previous tour stops. Whatever the reason, Anderson, the mastermind behind storied British prog-rock band Jethro Tull, paired back the offerings from new solo album Homo Erraticus, which he had been performing at length to open earlier shows. Instead, the 67-year-old dug a bit deeper into Tull’s catalog, his flute fueling the jazzy Bach-inspired instrumental “Bourée.” He then surprised the audience by covering most of the album-length 1972 prog opus “Thick As a Brick,” his four-piece band (plus assisting vocalist Ryan O’Donnell) cohesively navigating its ambitious passages.

Following an intermission, Anderson returned for the “Best of Jethro Tull,” which actually was a mix of hits, including “Living in the Past” and “Teacher,” and obscure gems such as “With You There to Help Me” and “Sweet Dream.” Ending with essentials “Aqualung” and “Locomotive Breath,” Anderson succeeded in striking a balance between new sounds and old favorites. ★★★★✩

Photos by Edison Graff

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