''As a tribute to the original 18th century agriculturalist, whose name our agent "borrowed" back in February 1968, I have imagined a scenario where the pioneering pursuit of improved crop-growing and farming methodology might apply to the world of today and tomorrow.
''When this notion first occurred to me last summer, I had no inkling that, when I examined all of my song material – especially the lyrics, there would be so many perfect fits in regard to song subject and references.
''The life story of the original Tull (in as much as we have recorded historical detail of it) has so many interesting and workable parallels. Wind Up, Heavy Horses, Aqualung, Back to the Family, Farm on the Freeway and Songs From The Wood, amongst others, were natural inclusions. A few others were bent into shape with a slight re-write of lyrics and five new songs round off the intended setlist.
''Some of the material will be accompanied by brief performance inserts of our 'virtual guests' on the big HD video screen. Instead of spoken introductions to the songs in the show, there will be the use of that operatic device, the 'recitative', where the links are made by short sung vocal segments in a usually-simple musical backdrop, making it a little easier and more entertaining for non-English-speaking audiences.''
Performing on stage with Ian Anderson will be David Goodier on bass, John O'Hara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums.
The UK September 2015 tour dates are:
8th: Anvil, Basingstoke;
10th: O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London;
11th: Symphony Hall, Birmingham;
12th: Barbican, York;
13th: Sage Theatre, Gateshead;
14th: Lowry Theatre, Salford.