Prog Magazine – Jethro Tull Issue

Excellent issue this month about Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull disbanded in 2012. Jethro Tull will celebrate a 50th-anniversary at the end of January 2018. Ian Anderson is working on a studio Jethro Tull recording that will mark that moment in rock history.

I have been trying to learn more about what happened between Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre. Prog Magazine covers that story in depth in this issue.


I have been a Jethro Tull fan since 1968, starting with the first recording, This Was. I purchased Jethro Tull recordings steadily until 1980 when I hit marginal utility with the 13th studio album. Tull stopped clicking for me. I took a hiatus until 2002 when Ian Anderson began doing his Rubbing Elbows tours. I resumed seeing Jethro Tull live in concert on the 40th-anniversary tour in 2008 and again with the  Thick as a Brick 2 tour as a free concert.


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I look forward to the 50th-anniversary celebration of Jethro Tull. Prog Magazine has been instrumental in rekindling my interest in the Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson 80’s era discography. I especially like the recordings The Broadsword and the Beast and Crest of a Knave.



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6 Replies to “Prog Magazine – Jethro Tull Issue”

  1. You have left us Martin Barre fans in suspense. Short version of what happened between Ian Anderson and lead guitarist Martin Barre maybe? One of my favorites is his guitar work on “Minstrel in the Gallery”.

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    1. Basically what I read was that Martin Barre played his last show with Jethro Tull 7/31/2011. He and Doane Perry were informed three weeks earlier Jethro Tull was done. It was Ian Anderson’s decision to retire the band. It was a shock to Barre and he had no plans in place. He was the lead guitarist for 40 years. I saw him on what was probably his 1st US Tour on 7/3/69 at the Fillmore East (42 years earlier).

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