Thick As A Brick2 – Ian Anderson Plus New Developments

Lo and behold Ian Anderson has composed and recorded Thick as a Brick2 (TAAB2). It drops on April 3rd, 2012 in the United States.

TAAB2 is the 40 year update about Gerald Bostock, the fictional author of the poem used as the lyrics for the 1972 Jethro Tull album Thick as a Brick.

In 1972, Ian Anderson wrote and recorded the Jethro Tull Progressive Rock classic album `Thick As A Brick’. The lyrics were credited at the time to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. The record instantly became a number one Billboard Chart album and enjoyed considerable success in many countries of the world.

So, forty years on, what would Gerald Bostock – aged fifty in 2012 – be doing today? What might have befallen him? The anniversary “part two” album will examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life through alter-ego characters with song-section identities illustrating the hugely varied potential twists and turns of fate and opportunity. Not just for Gerald but to echo how our own lives develop, change direction and ultimately conclude through chance encounters and interventions, however tiny and insignificant they might seem at the time.

It’s an exciting and inquisitive time for Jethro Tull fans. I have been a Jethro Tull fan since 1968. I just plugged back in to check up on what the latest happenings are with Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. I was excited to see that Ian Anderson has decided to capitalize on the 40th anniversary of Thick as a Brick in 2012. I will buy the USA Special Edition and give TAAB2 a healthy listen. I will also buy a remastered edition of Thick as a Brick as a logical companion item.

I can see from the Jethro Tull Web site that Ian Anderson is having great fun with TAAB2. There is a St. Cleve newspaper Web site, a Gerald Bostock Facebook Page and a Gerald Bostock Twitter account. My favorite tongue in cheek twist from Ian Anderson is the TAAB2 album review that has the byline by Adrian Stone-Mason (I and many other’s believe this is Ian Anderson’s written review…).

I was surprised to learn that Martin Barre, the lead guitarist of Jethro Tull has left the band (for now). All indications are is that Martin Barre’s departure was an amicable split with Ian Anderson. Martin Barre was the lead guitarist from 1969 to 2011, 42 years. Martin Barre is leading a band called New Day which is playing Jethro Tull music and songs written by Martin Barre. From what I can best gather, Martin Barre would like to play Jethro Tull songs from his frame of reference instead of the same Jethro Tull setlist night after night with Jethro Tull. I wish Martin Barre the best with his choice and look forward to seeing him perform with New Day when US tour dates are established (hoping he does a NY or Connecticut concert date).

MARTIN BARRE’S NEW DAY features the music of Jethro Tull.

The band will be :

Martin Barre – guitar
Pat O’May – guitar/vocals
John Mitchell – vocals/guitar
John Noyce – bass
Frank Mead – flute/sax./harmonica/vocals
Geoff Dunn – drums

A recent interview question asked of Martin Barre by Nancy Dunham of  Ultimate Classic Rock reveals what songs can we expect?

I will certainly play the biggies — ‘Locomotive Breathe,’ ‘Aqualung,’ ‘Cry you a Song,’ ‘Teacher,’ ‘Nothing to Say,’ ‘Home,’ ‘Minstrel in the Gallery.’ I’m throwing a few things in and there will be a lot of things that Jethro Tull hasn’t played for a long, long time. They will be played with two guitars and a sax and it’s really good. There is a huge catalog and I’m looking at songs like that, things people haven’t heard for many many years.

There will also be some of my solo stuff. I’m writing some new instrumentals so hopefully there will be two new ones. It won’t be just Jethro Tull songs (there will also be songs from some of the other musicians in this band). We’ll possibly have something from Bach but it won’t be [the Jethro Tull standard] ‘Bouree.’ I have a very difficult [flute] piece if I get the nerve.

It’s ironic that this amicable split between Martin Barre and Ian Anderson is followed by the Thick as a Brick world tour. When I read Martin Barre’s interview he is very clear in stating that the Jethro Tull concerts he was performing in were not deviating from a prescribed Jethro Tull set list. Ian Anderson and troupe will perform Thick as a Brick and TAAB2, which is a distinct shift away from the set list concern Martin Barre has expressed. Ian Anderson’s band is made up of the musicians that have accompanied him on the Rubbing Elbows tours. The new guitarist is Florian Opahle who has played with Ian Anderson since 2003.

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