50 years of Jethro Tull 2018 UK Tour Dates


To celebrate the anniversary of Jethro Tull’s first gig on February 2, 1968 at the world-famous Marquee Club in Wardour Street, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull with eight initial UK dates taking place during April 2018 – worldwide tour dates are expected to be announced soon.

“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,” says Anderson.

Jethro Tull are one of the biggest-selling progressive rock artists of all time and their immense and diverse catalog of work encompasses folk, blues, classical and heavy rock.

The anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the “heavy hitters” of the Tull catalog from the albums This Was, Stand Up, Benefit, Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die, Songs From The Wood, Heavy Horses, Crest Of A Knave and even a touch of TAAB2 from 2012.

Anderson continued, “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won’t be a party-pooper either! 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. 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 will take to the stage with bassist David Goodier, keyboardist John O’ Hara, guitarist Florian Opahle, drummer Scott Hammond and “surprise virtual guests.”