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Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson at Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Flute-playing frontman introduces his new solo album
Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson will tour the UK next year to promote his new concept album which will see a return to a heavier guitar sound.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tul
Prog Rock concept album: Ian Anderson with his band

The legendary Prog Rock icon will perform at Birmingham Symphony Hall May 3, 2014, and the show will feature tracks from the forthcoming album, described by Ian as 'Folk-Prog-Metal', and a selection of Jethro Tull classics.

Commenting on the fact that the concept album will contain heavier guitar and more of his trademark flute Ian says: "After winning the Grammy for best 'Hard Rock/Metal' album back in 1988, this seems like an opportunity to justify that strange and misplaced accolade with a new album to celebrate the more forceful, full-on rock credentials which are found in many of my songs over the last 45 years. It's not an end to the acoustic and gentler moments but more of an emphasis on the louder aggressive flute style which marked me out from the earliest days of Jethro Tull."

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Prog God: Ian Anderson

Ian will also be recognised as one of the foremost influencers of rock at this year's Progressive Music Awards at Kew Gardens on September 3, by being honoured with the Prog God Award.

Ian says: "The innocent voyage of restless souls: that's Prog Rock. Sometimes bombastic, self-indulgent and worse, it is also an honest, gut-felt reaction to the often simplistic and repetitive nature of much of pop and rock. It is, indeed, an honour to receive this illustrious Prog award and dwell in such lofty heights amongst the good and the great of the last 40-plus years. I remain very happy to inhabit the progressive rock world, as both performer and listener.''

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Ian Anderson Band

Fronting Jethro Tull and as a solo artist, Ian Anderson has performed in more than 54 countries over 45 years. With over 60 million albums sold in their career, Jethro Tull have been characterised by Anderson's trademark acoustic textures, created with ethnic flutes and whistles together with acoustic guitar and the mandolin family of instruments. In his most recent solo shows Ian has played with orchestras, string quartets and featured soloists.

Ian Anderson's full 2014 tour dates are:
April 28: Brighton Dome;
April 29: Southampton Guildhall;
May 1: Salisbury City Hall;
May 2: Liverpool Philharmonic;
May 3: Birmingham Symphony Hall;
May 4: Oxford New Theatre;
May 6: Bristol Colston Hall;
May 7: High Wycombe Swan Theatre;
May 8: Guildford G Live;
May 9: Cambridge Corn Exchange;
May 10: Ipswich Regent Theatre;
May 11: Leicester De Montfort Hall;
May 13: Derby Assembly Rooms;
May 14: Manchester Palace Theatre;
May 15: York Royal Opera House;
May 16: Newcastle Sage Theatre;
May 18: Edinburgh Festival Theatre;
May 19: Perth Concert Hall;
May 20: Aberdeen Music Hall;
May 21: Inverness Eden Court;
May 24 & 25: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
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Why? Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson introduces his new album (and some Tull classics).
When: May 3, 2014
Phone: 0121 345 0608
Where: Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Cost: 27.50 & 32.50 plus fees
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