Venue: The Pearl
4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: September 19, 2014
Show Times: 8pm
Age Restriction: 6
Starting at $57.75
Ian Anderson, flautist, frontman and songrwriter for Jethro Tull, performs his newest album "Homo Erraticus" as well as hits from Jethro Tull's iconic albums at the Palms Hotel and Casino.
"Homo Erraticus," a solo album from Anderson, revisits fictional character Gerald Bostock who inspired the albums "Thick As A Brick" and "Thick As A Brick 2." In "Homo Erraticus" Gerald Bostock has discovered the writings of Ernest T. Parritt (1865 - 1928). The album is based on Parritt's fictional manuscript that purports to document key historical moments in British history and its future. The story provides a jumping off point for Anderson's unique progressive rock sound that was developed over four decades at the head of Jethro Tull.
In addition to performing "Homo Erraticus" in its entirety, Anderson will also play some of the Jethro Tull band's earlier hits. Anderson is best known for his work with Jethro Tull as lead vocalist and flautist for the band. Anderson also plays a number of other instruments including acoustical guitar, saxophone, keyboards, harmonica and more.
While Anderson got his start with The Blades (a band he fromed with school friends), he gained notoriety in Jethro Tull, which he helped start in 1967. The group's first album, "This Was," was released in 1968. Jethro Tull saw a shake-up in the group's lineup before their next album, "Stand Up" in 1969. "Stand Up" would be Tull's only No. 1 album in the United Kingdom. The album also featured a growth in Jethro Tull's sound, from blues to what would eventually be called progressive rock. A series of singles earned Jethro Tull audience success including "Living in the Past," "Sweet Dream," "The Witch's Promise," and "Life is a Long Song."
The band's lineup changed again prior to "Aqualung" in 1971. "Aqualung" was the first Jethro Tull album to reach Top 10 on the Billboard charts in the United States and was eventually certified gold. Another lineup change and another gold record came in 1972 with "Thick As A Brick." Brick became the group's first album to hit No. 1 in the U.S.
Over the next four decades Jethro Tull would have a constantly evolving line-up and sound. Anderson is the one constant in Jethro Tull, having been there from the start. Throughout the decades the band has mixed in elements for folk rock, electronic rock, hard rock, world music and more into their sound.
Other noted records from the group include "Living in the Past," "A Passion Play, "War Child," "Minstrel in the Gallery," "Songs From the Wood," "Heavy Horses," "Stormwatch," "Broadsword and the Beast," "Rock Island," "Benefit," "Crest Of A Knave" and more.
In 2013 Anderson was award the Prog God Award from the Progressive Music Awards. Two albums "Thick As A Brick 2," released in 2012, and "Homo Erraticus" are Anderson solo albums and not Jethro Tull albums. Performing as part of Anderson's band at this concert will be Jethro Tull members David Goodier and John O'Hara, as well as guitarist Florian Opahle, drummer Scott Hammond, and singer Ryan O'Donnell.