Even if their long career stalled at the start of the ‘70s, Jethro Tull would still go down in rock history for one crucial thing: They proved that the flute could be a killer rock ‘n’ roll instrument. Frontman Ian Anderson has wielded the instrument – a favorite among middle-school-band girls and wandering minstrels for almost a thousand years – like a madman onstage, aggressively blowing solos usually reserved for guitars or saxophones. But paired with the band’s era-spanning brand of prog-folk music – expertly displayed on 1971’s breakthrough ‘Aqualung’ album – the flute has become a weapon of mass destruction in Anderson’s hands. Despite the many lineup changes the band has gone through over the years, Jethro Tull’s records have rarely diverted from their ambitious paths. The group infamously won the first-ever Hard Rock/Metal Grammy in 1989, which isn’t as farfetched as detractors claim.
Selected Discography: ‘Aqualung’ (1971), ‘Thick As a Brick’ (1972), ‘A Passion Play’ (1973)
One of the most famous moments in 'Spinal Tap' finds bassist Derek Smalls trapped in a pod on stage, fighting to get out as his bandmates performed 'Rock and Roll Creation' without him. For Jethro Tull'sIan Anderson, that hit close to home -- very close.
Say what you will about Jethro Tull – and the British band has been the target of both acclaim and ridicule over the decades – but the bottom line is no other band sounds anything like them. By picking up a concert flute (after deciding he’d never le
The people have spoken, and T. Rex will battle Jethro Tull in the July Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame finals. The winner will become the fourth entrant into our hallowed (and 100% fan-voted) establishment.
They're a rough, unshaven bunch of musical outlaws from Georgia, and all that stands between them and immortality is a British man armed with a flute. OK, we're oversimplifying things a bit, but the Allman Brothers Band and Jethro Tull are competing for your support in our 100 percent fan-voted Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame bracket this month.
In 1988, metal was poised to finally make the leap from the shadowy fringes of music into the critical mainstream when Metallica were nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance. But in one of the most incredible upsets in Grammy history,
By 1978, Jethro Tull had been running for 10 years, and though their commercial fortunes and profile had soared with albums like 'Aqualung' and 'Thick as a Brick,' the band was still at its creative peak, as its 11th album, 'Heavy Horses,' proves.
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