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Thursday, 22 August 2013
Ian Anderson on Tour! and at @sage_gateshead in May 2014
Ian Anderson announces 2014 tour
&is to be Honoured at the
Legendary Prog Rock icon Ian
Anderson has announced a 2014 UK tour,
following the release of his new concept album to be recorded early next year
and released around Easter.
Anderson will also be recognised
as one of the foremost influencers of rock at this years Progressive Music
Awards, by being honoured with the Prog
Anderson will be touring
throughout 2014, starting in the UK late April; the show will feature a
selection from his new 2014-release concept album - which he defines as
‘Folk-Prog-Metal’ - in its more theatrical setting, together with a selection
of Jethro Tull highlights. The upcoming record release will feature heavier,
less acoustic guitar sounds and more of Anderson’s trademark flute.
He says “After winning the Grammy
for best “Hard Rock/Metal” album back in 1988, this seems like an opportunity
to justify that strange and misplaced accolade with a new album to celebrate
the more forceful, full-on rock credentials which are found in many of my songs
over the last 45 years. It's not an end to the acoustic and gentler moments but
more of an emphasis on the louder aggressive flute style which marked me out
from the earliest days of Jethro Tull.”
The Prog God Award celebrates the innovators of rock. The people who
have inspired generations and have carved a way for others to be at their
creative best. There is no one who has pushed the boundaries more than Ian
Anderson, who to this day remains immersed in his love for the music.
On winning the award, Anderson
innocent voyage of restless souls: that's prog rock. Sometimes bombastic,
self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often
simplistic and repetitive nature of much of pop and rock.
It is, indeed, an honour to receive this
illustrious Prog award and dwell in such lofty heights amongst the good and the
great of the last forty-plus years. I remain very happy to inhabit the progressive
rock world, as both performer and listener.
And where else could a self-taught,
mediocre but extremely loud flute player make a decent living? Not in country
and western, I would suppose. But, hey: if the boots fit and the
buckskin-fringed coyote crooner calls, then count me in Cowboy! Brokeback
Mountain could never sound sweeter.”
Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog Magazine says, “For 45 years Ian has been playing live, and
I don’t think I have ever seen two shows the same! It doesn’t matter if its
Jethro Tull or Ian on his own – its always magnificent, groundbreaking and
captivating. Without him rock would be a very different and lesser place, so to
announce him as our Prog God at the same time as he announces a UK tour seems
Following the great success of his current ‘Thick As A Brick’ tour –
including a one-offperformance at the iconic Royal
Albert Hall – tickets for the 2014 shows are expected to go fast when they go
on sale on4th September.