'Living in the Past'
The Shepherds Bush Empire dates from another era - but then so does the band that played there last night.
Yes, Jethro Tull! And yes, still 'Living in the Past' ... brave of Ian Anderson to have his former self on the big screen behind the band:
It was of course an old codgers event - one of the few concerts where the queue for the men's loo was longer (a lot!) than for the ladies'.
Ian Anderson is the only survivor from the heyday of Jethro Tull. But then he really was Jethro Tull. At 74, he can still skip around impishly and play a flute on one leg.
But the voice doesn't have the old strength or character. And please, Ian, time to give up on the phallic flute flaunting.
This was the first time I'd seen Jethro Tull in almost half-a-century. Let me more precise: it was 49 years, six months and seven days since I last saw the band.
On 18th March 1972, I was in the audience when Jethro Tull - supported by Tir Na Nog - played at Leeds University. I was 15 and it was part of their 'Thick as a Brick' tour (the title song featured in last night's set). I remember that the band took to the stage accompanied by all the roadies, all wandering around wearing matching full length coats with the collars up - the band then disrobed and the roadies retreated, and off we went.
This was what Jethro Tull looked like back in the day:
But then the audience looked a little different too!
And Jethro Tull last night closed with a rendition of their classic, 'Locomotive Breath'. Here's a bit of it:
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