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.
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.
Ian Anderson Feels 'Awkward' About Idea of Jethro Tull Reunion
"It would be an awfully crowded stage. And in many cases those old band members no longer play and haven’t for many years."
Listen to Kirk Windstein Cover Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’
Track appears on his Crowbar and Down man's solo album ‘Dream in Motion.’
Upcoming Jethro Tull Book Will Include New Recorded Material
Two spoken-word recordings featuring orchestral arrangements will accompany 'The Ballad of Jethro Tull.'
When Metallica Somehow Lost a Metal Grammy to Jethro Tull
An attempt to appear up-to-date backfired in 1989 when the prog-rock icons were given the award.
Jethro Tull Ex Martin Barre Recalls His ’Horrible’ First Show
Guitarist thinks audience may have thought costume problem was “Druid blood ceremony.”