Jethro Tull have today announced the UK leg of The Seven Decades Tour that will be kicking off at the Bristol Beacon on 17 April 2024.
The 11 date tour will indulge fans with songs spanning the bands entire catalogue of music from their 1968 debut album ‘This Was’ through to their latest album ‘RökFlöte’ that was released earlier this year.
Tickets for the tour are on sale 9am Friday June 16th from the venues direct or www.Ticketline.co.uk
With Ian Anderson as ever central to the performance, this tour will encapsulate the seven decades in which Jethro Tull have written and performed music. Through their 23 studio albums, they have continued to push the boundaries of their music. With Ian’s unique and iconic flute playing paired with his distinct vocal, they are one of the most important and distinctive bands the UK have ever produced and Ian’s desire to continually innovate has ensured they remain as relevant around the world today as they did in the seventies.
Upon announcing the tour, Ian Anderson, the bands founding member, said, “We have been playing UK tours in many of the same venues for the past 55 years. But the quiet magic of towns and cities I know so well never fails to amuse and amaze. As the equivalent of Michael Portillo with a flute, I tend to use the train for UK tours and travel alone while the others go in a tour bus or vans. Many of the UK theatre venues have changed their names and had the odd facelift, The London Palladium is new for us, as far as I recollect, and takes me back to my youth with nights of TV variety shows. Anyway I digress…
“We shall be playing songs from each of the seven decades of Jethro Tull albums. Learning and rehearsing some half-forgotten tracks from our catalogue is like meeting old friends after a long silence. Yes – they have aged, but the years drop away after a few run-throughs and a couple of beers.
“We hope to see you along the way and bring a hankie for those tearful nostalgic moments. Or to wipe off the flute spit if you are in the front row. Sorry about that!”
Jethro Tull were founded in 1968 and later that year released the aforementioned blues-oriented album ’This Was’, the following year they released ‘Stand Up’, a more home-grown and eclectic album which saw the start of the bands unique journey to become globally renowned for their experimental sound that pushed musical boundaries.
By the mid-seventies and with a number line-up changes, Ian Anderson remained the focal point and driving force of the band, progressing their sound and live performance to become as globally renowned as Led Zeppelin, Elton John and the Rolling Stones.
Jump on seven decades to 2023 and they’ve sold over 60 million albums, have an extensive global fan base and over 30 studio and live albums to their name… but much remains the same! With Ian at the helm, the bands hunger for creativity and experimentation is as strong as ever and only evolves and develops.
The globe trotting Seven Decades Tour kicks off this August with headline shows and festival appearances through North America before coming to the UK.
Jethro Tull: The Seven Decades Tour
Wednesday 17 April – Bristol Beacon
Friday 19 April – Bournemouth Pavilion
Saturday 20 April – Birmingham Symphony Hall
Monday 22 April – London Palladium
Tuesday 23 April – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 29 April – Aberdeen Music Hall
Tuesday 30 April – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Thursday 2 May – Gateshead Sage
Friday 3 May – Sheffield City Hall
Sunday 5 May – Manchester Lowry
Monday 6 May – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets at all venues priced at a face value of £42.50 – £50, except London priced at face value of £60, £50 & £45.
Tickets are available direct from the venues or www.Ticketline.co.uk.
All concerts start at 7:30pm.