Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson arrived at Red Rocks Amphitheater on Friday, May 28. It was a chilly spring night in Colorado, but it didn’t take long for Ian Anderson and company to warm things up. The concert was nothing short of grand and inspiring. Backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Ian Anderson and company provided their Rocky Mountain fans an experience that was steeped in musical history, humor and Jethro Tull's soaring brand of progressive rock. The Colorado Symphony Orchestra conducted by John O'Hara gave the whole venture a sense of grandeur and resonance.
Ian Anderson himself was like listening to a witty, irreverent college professor who had just returned from an extraordinary adventure, excited to share his journey and discoveries with a group of enthusiastic students. Anderson's stage presence and commentary were engaging and funny. He provided an in-depth insight to both his love of music and the historical musical and social context that gave it life.
The evening featured an assemblage of the best-known Jethro Tull hits from various albums. It included “Dharma For One” “Bourée,” “Nothing Is Easy,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “Living In The Past,” “Locomotive Breath,” “My God,” and of course “Aqualung” and “Thick As A Brick.” In addition to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Anderson was accompanied on stage by an amazing group of musicians, David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums).
Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson is an extraordinary musical gift that has a unique place in rock music history. Mr. Anderson brings it to life in a detailed, polished and elegant manner. This is an event that should not be missed. You can catch up with Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson at Austin City Limits Live, Austin, TX on May 31, 2017.