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|Friday, November 6th, 2009|
Ian Anderson at The Grove in Anaheim
Ian was joined on stage by guitarist Florian Ophale, John O'Hara--keyboards, David Goodier--bass player, Mark Mondsir--drums and Meena Bhasin on violin. The songs were mostly Jethro Tull's play acoustically. There were two new songs, and one each from Meena and Florian.
The concert was delightful, and the audience was mostly respectful and that was a treat(I'd rather hear the musicians that some drunk shouting out, "IAN!" The music has gotten even more intricate and the styles are a international bouquet. I think it was Aqualung that was amazing. I'd already heard it rearranged for the flute, but here he'd added the violin and the flamenco-ish guitar. It was just wonderful. ( Read more...Collapse )
Catch him if you can! Current Mood: happy
|Tuesday, December 25th, 2007|
From: Western Maryland
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: Heavy Horses, perhaps?
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): Ian, ofcourse! Though, I do love John Evans.
Favorite Band(s): The White Stripes, Steeleye Span, John Fahey, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, etc.
Interests/Hobbies: Playing acoustic guitar, eating chinese food, playing vinyls, etc.
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): I had the fortune to scrap up the remains of my paychecks from my summer job and buy a ticket to see Jethro Tull on this past 3rd of December.
|Tuesday, June 26th, 2007|
1-4 Green Wing
5-7 Black Books
8-32 Doctor Who
33-35 Black Adder
36-44 Jeeves and Wooster
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1 Stephen Fry
1 Doctor Who
1 Misc. (with Jethro Tull Lyrics)Icons and Headers
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|Tuesday, March 13th, 2007|
1 Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie
6 Jeeves and Wooster
2 A Bit of Fry and Laurie
1 Jethro Tull
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|Saturday, February 10th, 2007|
|Monday, January 29th, 2007|
|Monday, November 13th, 2006|
A string-bass player I know wants to do a Jethro Tull piece at his next recital, and I was called upon as the flute player!!! This makes my LIFE!!!!!
We're going to do "Bouree."
Now, to go and learn it...by ear. O_O Current Mood: Whee!!!
|Tuesday, October 24th, 2006|
The Best Guitar Solo Ever Played Is...
The Best Guitar Solo Ever Played Is...
...Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." That's the word from a new poll by the U.K. classic rock radio station Planet Rock, which asked listeners to come up with the top 40 guitar solos, reports The Press Association.
The top 10 best guitar solos:
1. "Comfortably Numb," Pink Floyd
2. "Sweet Child O' Mine," Guns N' Roses
3. "Freebird," Lynryd Skynyrd
4. "Eruption," by Van Halen
5. "November Rain," Guns N' Roses
6. "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin
7. "Sultans of Swing," Dire Straits
8. "Aqualung," Jethro Tull
9. "Hotel California," The Eagles
10. "Child in Time," Deep Purple
(from the Netscape news page)
--Sue-- Current Mood: calm
|Tuesday, October 17th, 2006|
From: Champlin, MN
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: You know...it varies. After last night, it is DEFINITELY "Locomotive Breath." But that could change.
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): maybe this is a typical answer, but I'm a flute player too, and I'm going to say it anyway: Ian. Always and forever, my favorite Tull member is Ian Anderson. I want to play like he can some day. ^_^
Favorite Band(s): David Bowie, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Jethro Tull, Frank Sinatra, and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Interests/Hobbies: The list would be reaallllly long if I listed them all, so here are just a few of them....reading and writing vampire novels, reading classic books, playing the flute, German, paganism, performing live flute concerts, RPing, Celtic music, Latin music....lots of stuff.
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): I went to see the St. Paul, MN showing of the Ian Anderson Plays Orchestral Jethro Tull concert last night!!!!! It was pure awesome, and Ian rocked hardcore. Current Mood: crazy
|Monday, August 7th, 2006|
Ian Anderson performs orchestral Tull
Tonight, we went down to Royce Hall on the UCLA campus (in the Los Angeles area) to catch Ian Anderson Plays Orchestral Jethro Tull. As always, he played very well and it was a delightful concert. He did some rearrangements on some of the songs, but others sounded pretty much like he usually performed them. None of Tull was on tour with him. He had a lead guitarist and bass guitarist from Bristol, England, a drummer and the keyboardist who also was a conductor to the orchestra. The orchestra consisted of 7 violinists, 2 cello players, 1 flutist, and obo-ist (sp) and I think a clarientist. And Lucia, the classic rock lovin' violinist was spotlighted again.
I loved the arrangement of Bupapest and Aqualung. The Mozart melody was very fun. They performed another rousing version of Kashmir. At one point, Ian came close to Lucia to say, "Let's have some fun," but as he moved away, he got caught on the wire that went from her violin to her amplifier and pulled it out, apparently damaging her violin in the process. Horrified, she pointed at her violin and Ian prodded the instrument and unfortunately, a small piece of it fell off. She wasn't a happy camper. A song or two later, Ian coaxed her, "Where's my giggle?" Apparently, she scowled at him because the audience closer all went 'uhhhhhh!' a sound that translated to "you are *so* in the doghouse!"
I wondered what the orchestral folks thought of Ian's music. Of course, I'm partial to it and loved hearing the new arrangements and the different takes to some songs. It's just fun. There was one song he described as being done over as a cross between Count Bassie and Tom and Jerry. Yeah, that's kind of what Ian does: he pulls from so many different places, the music is impossible to classify...and as a result, is difficult for new people to find. Do you like rock? Do you like folk? Do you like the Blues? Do you like classical? Maybe you'd like Tull, you know? *g* Current Mood: cheerful
|Thursday, April 20th, 2006|
Favorite Jethro Tull song: Overall it's Dark Ages, but I also like Heavy Horses, Thick As A Brick, A Passion Play, Seal Driver, Beastie, Taxi Grab, Minstrel in the Gallery, Pibroch (Cap in Hand), Steel Monkey, Budapest, No Lullaby, Moths (basically alot of them)
Favorite Jethro Tull member: Martin Barre, then Ian Anderson and Barriemore Barlow
Favorite bands: Pink Floyd, Cheap Trick, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Modest Mouse, Alice Cooper, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Metallica.
Interests/Hobbies: eatings, sleeping, listening to music, being an Internet whore, writing poetry, watching TV or DVDs, reading
Anything else: nope, not really, just glad I joined this community
|Wednesday, April 19th, 2006|
Barrimore Barlow played on Yngwie Malmsteen's debut album, Rising Force
! He also did a little work with both Robert Plant (The Principle of Moments
) and Jimmy Page (Outrider
). And John Bonham had great praise for him.
|Thursday, February 23rd, 2006|
hi over there!
From: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: well... dunno, actually. Plenty of them. (i'm not that boring, but i really can't choose)
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): Martin Barre (he's very kind and positive), Ian Anderson (with his sharp sense of humor), James Duncan (just because of his parentage - lol)
Favorite Band(s): The Beatles, David Bowie
Interests/Hobbies: Music, Drawing, British film and theatre, Reading
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): *whispering*: i've met the band last year in SpB. There was a kind of small "Meeting with Russian Fans" (horribly organized to say the least) last year in SpB.
|Thursday, December 15th, 2005|
Something like introduction
From: Russia, Saint-Petersburg
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: well, it's quite hard to choose anything special but a year ago i went mad about "Sossity: You're a Woman"
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): though i'd love to write down smth else, but Ian Anderson
Favorite Band(s): Dream Theater, Aesma Daeva, Judas Priest, Sopor Aeternus, Die Form
Interests/Hobbies: well, can we regard dansing as a hobby? :) I'm keen on music of extremely different types: i can be listening music all day long.
P.S. I'm really happy to have found this community Current Mood: cheerful
|Tuesday, December 13th, 2005|
Mark Craney, August 26th, 1952 - November 26th, 2005
Mark Craney - the "Indian of the Group"
August 26th, 1952 - November 26th, 2005
by Ian Anderson
It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing on Saturday, of Mark Craney, ex-Tull drummer and long-time friend.
Mark had been ill for many years fighting with an ongoing kidney ailment, transplant rejections, stroke paralysis and associated medical problems.
In spite of periods of increased mobility, hope and even some returns to drumming, his conditioned worsened dramatically last August and resulted in a critical condition keeping him on life-support in hospital. Mark never gave in, fighting to the end and even giving rise to some optimism in the last weeks before finally passing away quietly in his sleep. During all the times of Mark’s illness, Tull drummer Doane Perry kept in constant touch, visiting Mark at home and in hospital regularly, especially during the worst periods. We saw Mark at our LA shows where he was a visitor whenever his health permitted.
Mark came to us courtesy of Eddie Jobson (ex-UK, Zappa, Roxy Music), when Eddie became keyboard player for Tull during the recording of the “A” album and the tours in 1981. Mark had been working with Eddie on some solo projects and so joined the Tull family too for the duration of Eddie’s working relationship with us.
Mark played in many bands and with many notable musicians during his career and was a much respected player, able to play many styles and keep up with even the most adventurous of musicians. Some of Mark’s buddies and fellow musicians got together for a benefit in aid of Mark during his illnesses and later offered up tracks for the CD as shown below.http://www.jethrotull.com/http://www.jethrotull.com/news/markcraneyobit.cfmhttp://www.jethrotull.com/news/markcraneydpobit.cfm
|Friday, November 18th, 2005|
Review of Temecula and Hollywood
Jethro Tull played two concerts in my general area so off I went to both. The first was at the Indian casino Pechanga at Temecula, CA, the second was at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA.
Pechanga is a happening place on a Saturday night with standing room only at the slots and gaming tables. The theater there held 1,200 and, while chatting to folks in the will call line, it was rumored the show had sold out quickly. There were a few dozen people hanging about looking for extra tickets. The show started about 10 minutes late and they played for a bit less than two hours. I didn’t write down the set list, but it was most of the Aqualung album, plus Skating Away, Beggar’s Farm, Weather Cock, Bouree and Budapest. Their special guest was a 14 year old violinist who had won some sort of competition for Best Young Musician or something like that. He played a duet with Ian, one of Ian’s compositions called Grimminelli’s Lament, then went on to play a part of Purple Haze with the band sans Ian, before he left. It was pretty fun and quite enjoyable. I missed being able to purchase a program, though.
The sound in the theater could have been better, but maybe that was because I was off to the side. The first few songs were pretty muddy at times. There were also a couple of guys in the audience who insisted on shouting out, “We love you Ian!” during the quiet passages…why the hell they do that is a mystery to me. It certainly annoys Ian and certainly annoys me, and probably the rest of the audience, too. Ian was chatty during the concert with a lot of humorous patter. A free CD was passed out to all ticket holders which is called Aqualung Live, Special Collector’s Edition in aid of various charities for the homeless. The songs and interviews were recorded at the studios of XM Radio and I notice quite a few of these are for sale on Ebay right now. The first half of Hymm 43 has been rearranged as Irish jig with a “12/8 time.” There was a small drum set placed near the front of the stage for some of the more instrumental pieces but that was removed maybe after the first third of the performance, I’m not exactly sure. Songs that have extended instrumentals are Beggar’s Farm, Mother Goose, Hymm 43 and Budapest. At the end when Ian pushed the balloons into the audience, I happened to look over at the exit and saw a couple of the ushers with the biggest, most delighted grins on their faces; I’m thinking they hadn’t seen anything like this before. And honestly, Tull is in a class by themselves so that’s not so surprising, is it?
The following night they were in Hollywood and they were exceptional; the band was hot and the set list was delightful. The Kodak Theater is only four years old and is the home for the Academy Awards show. It seats 3,400 and the band played for around two hours and 15 minutes. The acoustics were quite a bit better and the audience more respectful and quiet during the more acoustical pieces. Their guest artist was Lucia Micarelli, a Juilliard College trained violinist. She came out for Grimminelli’s Lament and played for quite a few songs, leaving for Cross-eyed Mary and returning off and on for pieces like Budapest. It was a blast to hear Tull play Kasmir, perhaps with a bit more muscle than Zeppelin’s album version? The Godfather’s Theme was very beautiful, as was the folk song, She is like a Swan, which was quite sweetly poignant. I wasn’t sure if Hymm 43 worked as a jig, but now that I’ve heard it a few times, it’s grown on me. Plus, half way through, it reverts back to it’s usual sassy, brassy, loud self so you can have your cake and eat it, too. I wasn’t too close to the stage, so I missed the finer details of the performances, but nevertheless, I enjoyed myself enormously. I did buy a couple of the t-shirts as I quite liked the designs. It was a wonderful evening and everywhere I looked, there were ecstatic faces beaming with pleasure. Please go see Tull play if you get the chance.
Set list for the Kodak Theater on November 13, 2005:
Life is a Long Song
Jack in the Green
Up to Me
Lucia’s solo, Aurora, classical piece by Sibelius
The Godfather’s Theme
Cheap Day Return
Twenty minute intermission for a cabernet, buying t-shirts or “having a widdly wee for our aging bladders.”
She is like the swan (a folk song)
In the Grip of the Stronger Stuff
Cheerio Current Mood: happy
|Thursday, November 17th, 2005|
From: Southern California
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: Today, it's Budapest.
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): Ian and Martin.
Favorite Band(s): Besides Tull, The Call, Chris Issak, Pink Floyd, Beatles....
Interests/Hobbies: Writing, photography, traveling, history.
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): I'll post a review of last weekend's concert later. Current Mood: busy
|Saturday, November 12th, 2005|
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: Locomotive Breath
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): Ian Anderson, of course
Favorite Band(s): Pink Floyd, Genesis, Rush, Yes, Tool, Gentle Giant, King Crimson
Interests/Hobbies: Music, Politics, History, Travel, Wine/Spirits
|Sunday, October 30th, 2005|
From: WV, USA
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: Teacher
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): ---
Favorite Band(s): The Beatles, The Who, Cream, Neil Young
Interests/Hobbies: Music and school
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): Current Mood: happy
|Saturday, October 29th, 2005|
As I just joined, I'll fill out the intro survey for now, but thank you so much for this community. I'm currently in grad school, so anything that jars me from this coma of reading and reporting is extremely appreciated. *smiles*
From: Flint, MI
Favorite Jethro Tull Song: If I had to choose, I'd go with (in no particular order) "Velvet Green," "Wond'ring Aloud," "Pussy Willow," "Hymn 43," and "Rainbow Blues"
Favorite Jethro Tull Member (any year): Ian, but Martin is nearly tied
Favorite Band(s): Besides Tull, I find myself listening most to Cream, Fleetwood Mac, Fuel, Cake, and Evanescence, among others
Interests/Hobbies: Writing, reading, dancing, kickboxing, singing, etc.
Anything else (pictures, jokes, stories, etc.): Hmm...let's see; I drink roughly 25-30 cups of coffee a day. Chemical imbalance, though--caffeine puts me to sleep. I'm terrified of what sleeping pills would do to me... *smiles*