When your phone rings, you don’t expect it to be a call from another country, much less from Ian Anderson.  But, I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes this week chatting with Ian about his current project, Jethro Tull: The String Quartets, some upcoming ventures, and my favorite, the ‘soundtrack question’.

Ian is currently preparing for a North American tour that includes a stop at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, August 19Jethro Tull: The String Quartets is a project Ian has considered for a few years and finished recording the current track list this past March.  He has had a lot of great experiences working with orchestras with the rock band, but being able to explore this pure format has been an exciting experience for him.

What’s next for Ian Anderson? Ian talked about recording five more tracks for Jethro Tull: The String Quartets this fall with an album release in April 2018.  He’ll also be celebrating the 50th anniversary in January 2018 of Jethro Tull with all the people who “are still allowed out of their homes and nursing homes” with anniversary tours, including a few stops in the USA. While Ian isn’t one for nostalgia, he recognizes that Jethro Tull fans love to hear him play their old favorites and he’s promised to dust off a few of the songs he hasn’t played in a long time for next year’s anniversary tour.  So, if you’ve got a request, let him know before he gets into the swing of his private rehearsals and preparations for all the great memories he will be making with you soon.

Can’t wait until 2018 to celebrate  Jethro Tull?  Join Ian Anderson for a night of classical arrangements of some of our favorite Jethro Tull classics in Chicago on August 19.  My personal favorite is ‘Farm, the Fourway’ (Farm on the Freeway).  Tickets are available HERE.


And for that soundtrack question:

If you could choose one song (not your own) to be included on the soundtrack of your life, what song would it be?

Ian:  “Hotel California” by The Eagles and maybe a little Captain Beefheart on there too.”