Wed April 24th, 2002
Wed July 18th, 2001
Wed March 8th, 2000
Wed November 24th, 1999
Mon April 26th, 1993
Mon August 26th, 1991
Mon November 13th, 1989
Mon June 6th, 1988
Mon January 25th, 1988
Mon June 14th, 1982
The Very Best of (2001)
Nightcap: The Unreleased Master 1973-1991 (2000)
J-Tull Dot Com (1999)
Roots to Branches (1995)
25th Anniversary 4-CD Box Set (1993)
The Best of Jethro Tull:The Anniversary Collection (1993)
Ian Anderson (1967-Present), Vocals / Flute / Guitar
Mick Abrahams (1967-Present), Guitar
Glenn Cornick (1967-1971), Bass
Clive Bunker (1967-1971), Drums
Martin Barre (1968-Present), Guitar
John Evan (1970-1979), Keyboards
Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (1971-1976)
Barriemore Barlow (1971-1979)
John Glascock (1976-1978)
David Palmer (1976-Present), Keyboards
Tony Williams (1978-1979), Bass
Mark Craney (1979-1981), Drums
Eddie Jobson (1979-1981), Keyboards / Violin
Dave Pegg (1979-Present), Bass
Gerry Conway (1981-1989), Drums
Peter-John Vettese (1981-1989), Keyboards
Doane Perry (1987-Present), Drums
Martin Allcock (1989-1991), Keyboards
Andy Giddings (1991-1991), Guitar
John "Rabbit" Bundrick (1991-1991), Keyboards
Foss Patterson (1991-2001), Keyboards
Matt Pegg (1991-Present), Bass
Dave Mattacks (1991-Present), Drums
The band's namesake was an English agronomist who lived from 1674-1741 and looked more like Johann Sebastian Bach than Ian Anderson. He attended Oxford, studied law (clearly he was not thick as a brick) and inherited farmland in Southern England. He was obsessed with crop yields and the quest for more efficient methods for planting. He invented a seed drill that enabled farmers to plant seed in rows as opposed to scattering it over fields. The seed drill eventually became state-of-the art in eighteenth century agricultural circles though it had nothing whatsoever to do with crop circles.
Jethro Tull
Though mainstream rock audiences may best remember Jethro Tull as the band that beat out both Metallica and AC/DC for the 1988 Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance Grammy Award, the British outfit has led a long and successful career thanks to a cult following of loyal fans who appreciate its eccentric musical vision.

The group began in the same late-’60s post-hippie/psychedelic blues scene as Black Sabbath. (Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi in fact replaced departed Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams for a brief time when he left after the first album.) But where Sabbath pursued a harder, more metallic road, Tull followed a winding course that dipped into jazz, contemporary and traditional folk, progressive rock, blues and hard rock.

At the core of the band’s sound and image is frontman Ian Anderson, a wild-eyed, beardy Pan-like character armed with a flute and a wry sense of humor. Over the years Jethro Tull’s albums have run the gamut from the ambitiously obscure (the consecutive albums Thick As A Brick and A Passion Play each contained a single protracted track) to the improbably popular (the multi-platinum Aqualung yielded a string of FM radio staples, including the title track, “Cross-Eyed Mary” and “Locomotive Breath”). Though that album marked the apex of Tull’s commercial success, the band continues to record and tour, to the delight of its fans.

When Ian Anderson, Martin Barre and Andy Giddings appeared on Rockline, Tull was on tour in support of The Very Best of Jethro Tull, and between deft live versions of his greatest songs and lots of witty repartee with Bob Coburn and callers, it’s easy to understand the long-running appeal of these vets.
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