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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 11:09 AM
Anyone have an update what to expect from a Tull concert these days? I was thinking about seeing them this week in an exceptional acoustically perfect setting in New port news VA. I would appreciate the input because I have not seen them since 1972 or really followed their new stuff.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 11:29 AM
They played last night in NYC. Im waiting to hear a review on it myself....

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 12:43 PM
Here is his official Website :
http://www.j-tull.com/tourdates/index.html


Also a chat line that is currently being posted on. Seems some folk are mentioning "Voice Problems"
http://tull.chatango.com/

One fans comment:
"I hope His Voice comes back or he changes the set list and sings nothing"

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 02:16 PM
i saw them sat night in c.t. this is what we saw on all the door's and window's
PER THE ARTIST REQUEST
FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF OTHER PATRON'S AND THE ARTIST,FOOD AND BEVERAGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE THEATER. ADDITIONALLY, WHISTLING, SHOUTING AND OTHER INTERRUPTIONS DURING THIS PERFORMANCE ARE UNACCEPTABLE
i dont know who the f**k ian anderson think's he is but that will be the last time i go see tull. i was saying to my wife on the way to the show , the last 2 time's we saw them we could not drink inside and had to suck them down in the lobby. i thought it was the place's we saw them. nope. the people working that night were pissed to say the least. we were talking to some people and they said they were going to write the theater. it's not the theater ,it's the band [ian] so, sorrythis is not a review of the show. we did not stay till the end. but it is true, he does not sing well anymore and he change's song's around that some of them don't sound the same at all[ song's from the wood, aqualung]dont waste your money, stay home and listen to when they kicked ass

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 02:45 PM
I will respectfully disagree with John. I have caught them many times over the years including the last few tours. One tour was an "unplugged" affair and they played songs that haven't been played since the age of dinosaurs which I loved.

This tour is split unplugged/plugged and I thought was very good. Musically the band was smoking and ian's voice sounded just fine that night.

As for changing some songs around, I enjoy that to a degree. Seems like the ABB do it nightly and have no problems.

I guess I have seen the band many times and really could care less if they even played Aqualung so maybe I am not the best judge.

Some people are still waiting for ramblin' man at ABB shows. Some couldn't live without Smoke On The Water at Purple shows. I am not one of them. Some classic Tull material will be done acoustically so it will vary from the album version.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 02:49 PM
I am a HUGE Tull fan(atic) and the last time I saw them was here in Hotlanta at Chastain Park (10/15/05) and they were incredible ! You'll get a first half acoustic set and second half electric. I don't know about all that no food, drink, smoke & cuss bs. It does sound like Ian though. I am seeing them at The Tabernacle here Friday night and I can't see any way they'll be allowed that there although it is reserved seating only. Hmmmm...I'll review it.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 03:03 PM
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I will respectfully disagree with John. I have caught them many times over the years including the last few tours. One tour was an "unplugged" affair and they played songs that haven't been played since the age of dinosaurs which I loved.

This tour is split unplugged/plugged and I thought was very good. Musically the band was smoking and ian's voice sounded just fine that night.

As for changing some songs around, I enjoy that to a degree. Seems like the ABB do it nightly and have no problems.

I guess I have seen the band many times and really could care less if they even played Aqualung so maybe I am not the best judge.

Some people are still waiting for ramblin' man at ABB shows. Some couldn't live without Smoke On The Water at Purple shows. I am not one of them. Some classic Tull material will be done acoustically so it will vary from the album version.
i hear what you are saying about the purple and abb fan's that want the hit's. me, im not really a hit's guy so if they did not do aqualung i would not care, just dont do it then. i like change, but this was a bit much. what really got me was the note's hanging around. dont tell me i cant whistle or shout at a show. that is f-n nut's

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 03:11 PM
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I will respectfully disagree with John. I have caught them many times over the years including the last few tours. One tour was an "unplugged" affair and they played songs that haven't been played since the age of dinosaurs which I loved.

This tour is split unplugged/plugged and I thought was very good. Musically the band was smoking and ian's voice sounded just fine that night.

As for changing some songs around, I enjoy that to a degree. Seems like the ABB do it nightly and have no problems.

I guess I have seen the band many times and really could care less if they even played Aqualung so maybe I am not the best judge.

Some people are still waiting for ramblin' man at ABB shows. Some couldn't live without Smoke On The Water at Purple shows. I am not one of them. Some classic Tull material will be done acoustically so it will vary from the album version.
i hear what you are saying about the purple and abb fan's that want the hit's. me, im not really a hit's guy so if they did not do aqualung i would not care, just dont do it then. i like change, but this was a bit much. what really got me was the note's hanging around. dont tell me i cant whistle or shout at a show. that is f-n nut's


Didn't have any of that at the shows up here. Or if they did I never noticed. As for beer, no one tells a Canadian where to drink his beer. Except for in Toronto where they have rules for everything.

as for Tull, I have preferred the last few tours to many before them.

I have met Ian and he is definitely a little quirky/different but polite and very friendly.

 

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I will respectfully disagree with John. I have caught them many times over the years including the last few tours. One tour was an "unplugged" affair and they played songs that haven't been played since the age of dinosaurs which I loved.

This tour is split unplugged/plugged and I thought was very good. Musically the band was smoking and ian's voice sounded just fine that night.

As for changing some songs around, I enjoy that to a degree. Seems like the ABB do it nightly and have no problems.

I guess I have seen the band many times and really could care less if they even played Aqualung so maybe I am not the best judge.

Some people are still waiting for ramblin' man at ABB shows. Some couldn't live without Smoke On The Water at Purple shows. I am not one of them. Some classic Tull material will be done acoustically so it will vary from the album version.
i hear what you are saying about the purple and abb fan's that want the hit's. me, im not really a hit's guy so if they did not do aqualung i would not care, just dont do it then. i like change, but this was a bit much. what really got me was the note's hanging around. dont tell me i cant whistle or shout at a show. that is f-n nut's


Didn't have any of that at the shows up here. Or if they did I never noticed. As for beer, no one tells a Canadian where to drink his beer. Except for in Toronto where they have rules for everything.

as for Tull, I have preferred the last few tours to many before them.

I have met Ian and he is definitely a little quirky/different but polite and very friendly.
i have seen the last 2 tour's they have done. they were great outside the fact we can not drink while we watch them. dont get me wrong it's not a beer thing[ well maybe ] my wife could not drink water. i down with quirky but i am starting to think that ian think's his sh*t dont stink, ya know?

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 03:41 PM
As an old (52) Tull fan, gotta throw in my two cents. The last time I saw them was '99 and they were EXCELLENT. Now I know that's 8 years ago, but it's a lot more recent than the guy who started this thread. Canadian Mule's post affirmed what I suspected all along, that Ian Anderson would not go out there unless he could still do it. There are some artists for whom I have so much respect for their artistry/talent that I know that if they are going to go onstage, I am fully trusting that they would not do so without giving me a product fully worth hearing. I felt the same about Mark Farner of Grand Funk last summer after not seeing him in 20 years. I was right, too; he was GREAT.

As far as the no drinking, whistling, shouting: Well, maybe Ian is tired of drunks ruining his performance. Look at it from the musician's standpoint. Ian Anderson is an extremely talented singer/songwriter/musician/live performer who has spent a lifetime honing his craft. Maybe it's time a rock artist starting commanding a little more respect; how many times were YOU pissed off when you had some drunk screaming in your ear during a particularly soft and special moment in a song? How many times have you heard a song on a live record ruined by screaming drunks? Happens ALL the time, WAY too much. Maybe we should admire Anderson for having the dignity and the courage to stand up to it. I personally would be more for the no screaming/whistling rule and let the more subdued audience members have a brew, but apparently if you're gonna see Tull these days, you must live by Ian's rules. So be it. I respect his courage.

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 03:53 PM
Sorry but I think the no drinking inside, doesn't nesserarily mean no drunk people. Ever been to a major college football game, no drinking allowed in the stadiums but people are plenty drunk. My first ABB was a no food or beverages(and a list of other prohibited items) allowed place. (York PA). It was also the only concert I was ever at when I thought there may be a riot. A fight (cops/security vs fans) started and a was growing when the band went on, security was yelling to turn the light back on but the band started playing and it had a wonderful calming effect. I think a complete sober crowd would be boring at a Rock concert. Don't get me wrong, I don't like drunks at a show BUT I think they should be allowed to drink if they wish. It is even crazier when Water isn't even allowed.
 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 03:57 PM
[. Don't get me wrong, I don't like drunks at a show BUT I think they should be allowed to drink if they wish. It is even crazier when Water isn't even allowed.
one of my points exactly

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 04:05 PM
Last time I saw The Ian Anderson Show, about 2 years ago, I was really disappointed. His voice was almost non-existent. He played the flute well, but his voice was GONE. He strained during almost every song. Brought out a young violinist who played a Zep tune or two she was good and all, but WTF?? I came to see Tull! The band was only so-so. One of the few shows I've attended in the last few years that I wish I hadn't. Damn shame because I liked so much of their early music.
 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 04:37 PM


If you read some of the chat line link I posted above...you can read some stuff about his current tour. Just because he sounded great 3 years or 6 months ago does not mean he sounds great now. Bingyland wanted to know about now...so I suggest going to his website and reading the chat.

I have seen Tull 5 times...only once was it not any good...he had a broken leg and the band just went through the motions.

A few folks were complaining that his voice was not well.........

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 04:48 PM
Good points ODR. They played around here months ago and perhaps his throat/voice have taken a beating. Or maybe he just has a cold and a few shows will be affected.

Suprised to hear that he was straining his voice. Most of their stuff is rather low in key so he doesn't have to stretch for "Journey/Yes" type high notes.

If the setting has great acoustics as Bingy suggested, I imagine it would be a great show.

I have taken a few people to Tull shows who were not big fans. Most liked it but a couple were bored. Perhaps to mellow for their tastes. The "A" tour put a buddy to sleep or perhaps it was all the "bud" that was floating around.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 05:24 PM
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or perhaps it was all the "bud" that was floating around.



Geeze with my "issues" it has been over 50 days with no Bud floating around....that may be the problem.

The first time I was them was the "Thick as a Brick" tour...Brewer and (One toke over the line) Shipley opened...rude fans booed them off the stage. It was a great show. Then I saw the "Passion play Tour".

and the bad show when Ian had a broken leg...he was still moving around and doing tricks in a wheel chair.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 05:37 PM
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The first time I was them was the "Thick as a Brick" tour.
i would have loved to see that tour, my first tull show was the A tour at madison square garden. ya got any boot's from that show?

 

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Geeze with my "issues" it has been over 50 days with no Bud floating around....that may be the problem.



Could be the trouble.

Maybe a new doctor is in order. Paging Dr. Canadian Mule.

Back in high school there were many people that seemed on course to be pharmacists. Wonder if they ever made it.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 06:31 PM
Jethro Tull was invited to play at Woodstock '69....and declined. Ian Anderson reportedly told the promoters, "I can think of a lot better way to spend my day than out in a cow pasture with 500 unwashed hippies."

I think he made a mistake.

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Jethro Tull was invited to play at Woodstock '69....and declined. Ian Anderson reportedly told the promoters, "I can think of a lot better way to spend my day than out in a cow pasture with 500 unwashed hippies."

I think he made a mistake.

[Edited on 12/3/2007 by alloak41]


Maybe not. many of the Woodstock bands are either dead or the bands have long been broken up. Jethro Tull has never gone away, released albums throughout their long career and continue to tour virtually annually.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 07:03 PM
I always liked Tull's version of Love Story from the 20yrs of Tull Box Set.
My fav tull is the first one,"This Was". It has a very blusey,jazzy, rock rawness to it.
Of the later ones a enjoy Catfish Rising.

 

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 08:01 PM
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Jethro Tull was invited to play at Woodstock '69....and declined. Ian Anderson reportedly told the promoters, "I can think of a lot better way to spend my day than out in a cow pasture with 500 unwashed hippies."

I think he made a mistake.

[Edited on 12/3/2007 by alloak41]


It should be noted that Jethro Tull WAS on the bill at the Atlanta Pop Festival the following year made famous by the Allman Brothers Band.

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  posted on 12/3/2007 at 08:28 PM
I was at the Tull show last night at Hammerstein. I'm not a Huge fan but enjoy their music, most of it anyway. I'd say it's certainly worth going but don't go in with crazy expectations. I had none and walked away entertained but by no means overwhelmed.

The first set was mostly acoustic and orchestral (they had a 4 piece string group sit in) and was a little too slow for my taste. The second set they played more of their old "classic" stuff and was certainly more lively and far more enjoyable. Left with a much better impression then I had at intermission that's for sure.

Bottom line is Ian's voice is not in great shape. I'm not a great critic here as I've never seen him live before but even a casual fan could notice this. His mike was turned down so low ( I was way in the back but I think it was his mike and not my seats) at times it was hard to hear him over the band. His flute playing is still a joy to watch and his stage antics are still evident for sure. Go to the show and enjoy yourself just realize it's not the same Tull you saw 30 years ago

 

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Jethro Tull was invited to play at Woodstock '69....and declined. Ian Anderson reportedly told the promoters, "I can think of a lot better way to spend my day than out in a cow pasture with 500 unwashed hippies."

I think he made a mistake.

[Edited on 12/3/2007 by alloak41]


Maybe not. many of the Woodstock bands are either dead or the bands have long been broken up. Jethro Tull has never gone away, released albums throughout their long career and continue to tour virtually annually.


I guess Atlanta Pop 1970 didn't kill or break up bands like Woodstock did....Oh..

 

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  posted on 12/4/2007 at 12:50 AM
So, ahhh.... did anyone see them this year??? Lets put the speculation to rest.

 

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