January 9th, 2008


Ян Андерсон – кавалер ордена Member Of British Empire (MBE)

Наши искренние поздравления лидеру Jethro Tull, который вслед за Нодди Холдером (экс-Slade), Джимми Пейджем и рядом других товарищей стал кавалером ордена Member Of British Empire (MBE)!

Оная новость была опубликована 3 января на чрезвычайно любимом мною сайте Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP), и гласит буквально:

IAN ANDERSON: Singer, songwriter, guitarist and flautist, Ian Anderson, the frontman of the veteran rock band Jethro Tull, gets an MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours listing for services to music! On Ian's blog he says:

«Well - I guess the MBE might be considered the village postman's award. Community stalwart. Good egg. Humble servant.

But I feel proud to receive this as I am that postman in a musical kind of way: a parochial bringer of good tidings. Door-to-door salesman. Wandering minstrel. All the same kind of professions, really.»

Jethro Tull celebrates its 40th Anniversary starting in February 2008 and the band will be celebrating on tour with some 70 shows in place between April and end of August. Of the tour Ian says:

«The 40th Anniversary of Jethro Tull is upon us in February 2008. Having initially thought that it was all best avoided in any reference to our upcoming concert tours, I slowly changed my mind after chatting to the others in the band and to some of the fans. Now I have agreed that we will celebrate the tours with a full laser light show, a dancing troupe of honed and bronzed young men fresh from the Madonna boudoir, 60 foot inflatable flute-phallus on stage, Chinese acrobats and fireworks nightly – and – live prostate examinations for lucky competition-winners during the concert intermission.

OK – I exaggerate: there will be a little 40-year awareness spread lovingly but discretely for at least the UK tours with the occasional invited guest and some production and lighting references to the “Old Days”. The set-list will be chosen mainly from the first three albums with a few bits and pieces from a little later. Songs and tunes which defined the early Jethro Tull from blues band to eclectic, pre-prog inventiveness.»

Following the releases last year of the Tull Acoustic best-of CD and the Live In Montreux DVD and CD, there is now a definitive documentary and history of Jethro Tull DVD in the final stages of post-production, due for release in March 2008.