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.
Kirk Hammett is ‘Full-on Jethro Tull Fan’ Despite Grammy Dispute
Metallica guitarist says he only recently began exploring prog, but delay had nothing to do with earlier controversy.
Why Ian Anderson Is Perfectly Fine With Being a 'Party Pooper'
A question about a former Jethro Tull bandmate leads to a lengthy conversation that also touched on "lightweight porn."
Ian Anderson Writing New Jethro Tull LP for Possible 2023 Release
"I started work on a new project at 9:30 on Jan. 1 of this year," bandleader says. "I’m three and a half weeks into that now."
Ian Anderson Wrestles With New Jethro Tull LP's Biblical Themes
He's a singer-songwriter, a progressive-rock icon – and a man of many words.
Jethro Tull Release 'The Zealot Gene' Title Track and Video
Song balances "the good, the bad and the downright ugly" with "love, respect and tenderness."
Ian Anderson Wanted to Bring Jethro Tull Back Sooner
He retired the moniker in 2014 and seemed content with the decision for a long time.
Why Ian Anderson Gave Up Hope on Full-Band Jethro Tull Sessions
Forthcoming LP nevertheless ended up reminding him of 'Aqualung.'