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.
Here's Why Jethro Tull Missed Their Grammy Win Over Metallica
It’s one of the most famous metal miscues in history – and Jethro Tull wasn’t even there to accept their award.
Jethro Tull Preps 'The Broadsword and the Beast' Deluxe Reissue
The massive eight-disc set arrives on Sept. 1.
Ian Anderson Is Glad Lou Gramm Can't Play the Flute
Jethro Tull leader calls Foreigner icon "the best tenor rock singer of all time."
How Jethro Tull’s Flute Became a ‘Heavy Metal Instrument'
Their controversial 1989 Grammy win over Metallica spawned a humorous response.
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Explains What Makes the Flute Rock
Their 23rd album 'Rokflote' arrives after a deep dive into his ancestry, Norse religions ... and Morrissey.
Jethro Tull Shares Thor-Inspired Single 'Hammer on Hammer'
It's the third offering from their upcoming album 'RokFlote,' out April 21.
Listen to Jethro Tull's New Single 'The Navigators'
This is the second song to arrive from their upcoming album, 'RokFlote.'
Hear New Jethro Tull Song 'Ginnungagap' From 'RokFlote' Album
Ian Anderson said the band's 23rd LP will arrive on April 21.