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Martin Barre Jonathan Noyce and Ian Anderson Ian Anderson Ian Anderson
Ian Anderson Doane Perry Andrew Giddings Ian Anderson

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Much to my surprise tonight’s gig by rock veterans Jethro Tull was sold out weeks before the actual performance and this without the usual high profile promotion campaign or a new release by the band. Once more proof that Classic Rock is well and truly on the rise again.
The average age of those present in the overheated concert hall was mostly 40 or more and many of them had actually been with the band since the very beginning some 35 years ago.

Over the years the band has gone through several line-up changes and today lynchpin Ian Anderson and guitarist Martin Barre are the sole remaining original members. Completing the line-up are keyboardist Andrew Giddings, bassist Jonathan Noyce and an almost unrecognisable –thanks to his beard and cap- Doane Perry on drums, all of which have been with the combo for a few years now.

Although tonight was the first night of the European tour the band members sounded extremely tight and on top of that they were blessed with a good sound. They opened their set with “Living In The Past” and while Ian Anderson lost most of his outrageous hairdo a couple of years back, his German flute playing has lost none of its conviction and enthusiasm. Vocally however he wasn’t able to reach some of the high notes but he nevertheless succeeded in covering that up pretty well. When you have a back catalogue as huge as these gentlemen it isn’t easy to include all the highlights of your career so far but with songs such as “Nothing Is Easy”, “Beside Myself”, “Hunting Girl”, “Aqualung” and a medley from the album “Songs From The Wood” they served up a nice anthology. Also included in the set list were some cuts from Martin Barre’s new solo disc.
Throughout the performance the light show was superb, creating the perfect atmosphere for each of the songs played. Ian Anderson & C° ended their set with the obligatory “Locomotive Breath”.

Towards the end of the year fans can look forward to some new material from their heroes in the shape of a collection of Christmas songs.
All in all this was a most enjoyable gig in both sound and vision but unfortunately some people think it’s time to tell their life’s story when the volume isn’t turned up all the way up to ten.

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Jethro Tull
June 9, 2003
Ancienne Belgique, Brussel

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