Review: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Ipswich Regent, May 10

Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson - Credit: Archant

He has sold 60million records worldwide and is famous for playing the flute standing on one leg – but this reviewer can honestly say he has never heard any of his songs.

Ian Anderson, below, the man behind prog-rock band, Jethro Tull, came to the Ipswich Regent on Saturday night.

On hearing about the gig my dad immediately pressed me to get tickets so I duly obliged. But on arrival it quickly became an in-joke between his music mates that I was probably the youngest person there.

The first half was an hour’s worth of material from Anderson’s new album, Homo Erraticus. Beginning with a comic short film on the perils of age, Anderson and his band cohorts made for convincing actors with gags dismissing the health wisdom of green tea and muesli, much to the audience’s delight.

Returning after the intermission the 66-year-old performer went through a catalogue of Tull’s greatest hits. Despite impressing the faithful this newcomer was not overwhelmed. Instead, the newer material complete with a dramatic video backdrop was, barring two stodgy numbers, very agreeable.

Touring much of Europe and the USA for the rest of the year, fans should certainly grab the chance to see the eccentric musician and his talented band.

Matt Hunter