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Jethro Tull Not Included on Ian Anderson’s ‘Thick as a Brick’ Tour

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull
Courtesy, Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson is ready to stage live ‘Thick as a Brick‘ performances beginning next April in Europe before it moves to the U.S. in August, but it won’t include performances by the members of Tull.

Apparently, so many fans have thought that Anderson’s upcoming ‘Thick as a Brick’ tour, the first to feature the No. 1 album performed in its entirety since 1972, would include the rest of the band that long-time lead guitarist Martin Barre posted a clarification on his personal website.

“I have received many emails about the upcoming ‘Thick as a Brick’ tour and album,” Barre writes on his website. “I will not be involved with these projects; they are Ian Anderson solo works and, as such, I won’t be playing.”

Although Anderson’s U.S. reps aren’t releasing information on who will join rock’s most famous flautist on this project, the U.K. music magazine ‘Rock ‘n’ Reel’ announced in their November/December issue that a line up has been set. It would include John O’Hara behind the keyboards, David Goodier on bass, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums, according to the magazine.

There’s no word if this group is just for the European dates or if the same musicians, several of whom have played with Anderson on past tours, will also join him in the U.S.

In addition, Rock ‘n’ Reel notes Anderson will have “guest performers” on the tour, but didn’t list specifics. Anderson isn’t yet talking about the tour, but watch Ultimate Classic Rock for more news as it develops. Find out more about the ‘Thick as a Brick’ tour on Jethro Tull’s website.

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