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.
Ian Anderson Would Have Changed Jethro Tull for Tony Iommi
Future Black Sabbath guitarist had a short stint in 1968 with the fledgling prog giants.
Ian Anderson Felt Blamed for Metallica Grammys Upset
Jethro Tull leader recalls award presenter Alice Cooper’s reaction when they met.
Ian Anderson Announces New Jethro Tull LP and Lyric Book
Band is reportedly three-quarters finished with 'The Zealot Gene,' the first LP under the Tull moniker since 2003.
Jethro Tull to Release 40th-Anniversary Edition of 'A'
Celebratory release will include a remixed version of the original album, as well as previously unheard live recordings.
Guitarist: Jethro Tull Split Was Ian Anderson’s ‘Worst Mistake'
Martin Barre recalls 2011 “bombshell” and says even a one-off reunion would be “difficult.”
Ian Anderson Clarifies 'My Days Are Numbered' Comment
Jethro Tull frontman said he was referring to his time as a singer when disclosing his illness.
Watch Ian Anderson Reveal His Incurable Lung Disease
Jethro Tull leader tells Dan Rather his “days are numbered” after COPD diagnosis.
Why Ian Anderson Gave Up on Guitar and Bought a Flute
Jethro Tull leader recalls how 1967 changed his life.