Year In Review: The Live Music That Made 2018 By Alissa Silber & John Voket Published: December 28, 2018
"Jethro Tull’s founding member and primary songwriter Ian Anderson brought the band’s 50th Anniversary tour to the acoustically superior Toyota Oakdale Theatre September 12, trading lesser-known selections from his catalog for more of the band’s popular hits. While the nearly sold out audience for this weeknight show did get “Locomotive Breath,” “Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Too Young to Die,” “Aqualung,” and a short and unsatisfying sample of “Thick As A Brick,” hardcore fans also enjoyed a few obscure selections that were truly great to hear in concert."
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Palacio de Congresos - Madrid LINK I admit that it was not a concert anymore. Many years have passed since I started listening to rock, metal and derivatives, and when sounds of many styles invaded me, there was something that distorted my ideas and totally unsettled them; Do not get me wrong, all for the good. JETHRO TULL is one of those bands that have accompanied me for more than ten years with their songs and, especially, I have always felt a great admiration -I rarely say that qualifier- by Ian Anderson, person who would become the absolute protagonist of all the night we could live in the Palacio de Congresos de Madrid.
From the first moment I felt that this was the moment to take away the debt of seeing Ian Anderson live, so I took the day as a real event that I was dying to see. In a better impossible location and repeating several times that the decision of Ian himself not to take pictures or videos during the concert was respected, in the faces of the people it looked hopeful, they looked forward, many parents with children, friends who took all the life growing with its music, couples of fifty years that probably wanted to remember old times and kids who, like the one that subscribes, wanted to take off the pending debt to enjoy the songs of JETHRO TULL live.
With a totally vintage television reproducing images of the band, we were made to wait a few minutes for the concert, finally, to start. With David Goodier on bass, John Ohara on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar and Scott Hammond on drums, only the most honored member of the night was left: Ian Anderson left accompanied by his inseparable flute and the show began.
'My Sunday Feeling' began the night not without some problem with the voice that was below its optimum volume, fact that for 'Love Story', which would be the second theme of the night, would change categorically and would remain perfectly equalized. It was a tremendously well executed song and where Ian Anderson, who maybe started a bit cold, began to release his poses while he played and, in general, he moved in a great way to have 71 springs behind him, not It is little and more with everything that this man has had to go through in his life.
Ian warns us that throughout the night we will have special guests who have wanted to come and say hello for the anniversary of JETHRO TULL in the form of a video. The result was excellent, with truly emotional reasons and started strong with the appearance of Jeffrey Hammond, how could it be otherwise, we presented that great anthem that is 'Song for Jeffrey'. A devastating sound at all times and with a set of lights that hypnotized with their shapes and colors, a real success during the whole concert that was meticulously mounted. Of ten for those responsible, many times we forget them and are, in large part, guilty that we enjoy a show like the one we were living.
To continue with the memories of the whole history of the band and after the greeting of one of the members of its history, we came to another, this time on guitar: we are talking about Mick Abrahams, guitarist of JETHRO TULL in 1967 and 1968. They are alone Ian and Florian, while the first begins to play the harmonica and tells us that we are before 'Some Day the Sun Will not Shine for You', a piece of undeniable quality with which the published enjoyed the beautiful. For me, everything was on the silk during the issue and I got goosebumps on more than one occasion for the way of interpreting it, which leads me to not be able to get it out of one of the best moments of the night.
We traveled to the album This Was to meet "Dharma for One" a song that Ian wanted to dedicate to the memory of Clive Bunker to which the audience reacted by applauding. Very good Ian at all times during the topic, as it was in practically the entire show. Of course, if someone took the applause-amen good Bunker-was Scott Hammond, with a drum solo quite well executed; short, precise, like a shot.
Back to the greetings to see a true master on the screen, Mr. Joe Bonamassa who was going to present a song that he himself covered in his day, the great 'A New Yesterday' from that great album called Stand Up , which already They have rained 39 years and it is still preserved in an exquisite way, like almost all the discography of JETHRO TULL . But if we talked about huge people with Bonamassa, it was time to applaud one of the greatest: Tony Iommi was on a video to present Bach's version of 'Bourrée en Mi Menor', collected in one of the legendary composer's suites. Eisenach.
The symbolism of falling crucifixes, gothic cathedrals and other paraphernalia on the screens, followed one another as 'My God' served as a criticism of religion and its falsity. Especially successful the tone of the dim lights and an introduction to the keyboard by John Ohara that full of joy. It was a good moment before the bomb exploded with a tribute to Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival, which on that occasion presented JETHRO TULL in one of his performances. What made that emotion bomb explode? As not, 'Thick as a Brick', with a piece that satisfied us so much and with which we prepared ourselves to face the fifteen minutes of rest that each and every one of the musicians was deserving.
To return from those fifteen minutes, a video of the great Steve Harris of IRON MAIDEN to present what he says is one of his favorite albums-I agree without hesitating even for a moment-, an A Passion Play where they played part of the second act. And from here everything was going to be a carrousel of emotions. If the first part had put the creeps on more than one occasion, we would not be short with everything that would come.
Ian Anderson on a motorcycle on the screen of the videos to present the story of Ray Lomas. Sure enough, it was time for what is probably one of my favorite songs, well, in general: it was time for 'Too Old to Rock'n Roll, Too Young to Die'. I loved all the execution of the band, with a tremendous Ian but that already reflected the fatigue of a voice that quite well meets for the age it has and for everything that has had to fight throughout his life. It was emotional and safe that many will keep it in a corner of our memory as something very precious. No wonder, the truth.
'Songs from the Wood' fulfilled correctly, following the line of everything offered so far. After the same, a greeting from Joe Elliot DEF LEPPARD to talk about one of his favorite songs of the band, with a beautiful presentation making allegation that that night was a family reunion, as the kind of song they were going to execute. 'Ring Out, Solstice Bells' was a theme that although it rang in conditions, maybe I would have replaced it with other stick songs like a 'Living in the Past' that we were left wanting to listen to.
With John Evans in a video, we came to my favorite song of the band, or at least one of many. 'Heavy Horses' is the theme that made me start listening to JETHRO TULL and listen to it live with that sound, that montage and with the pre-recorded voices, as well as the violins. They were pre-recorded that were in a courteous way and, although I am a little against them, this time I liked them a lot, and that it would not be the only occasion in which they would be used during the night. 'Heavy Horses' was a real tempest, where everything sounded like a real thunder and that made us applaud without stopping many of those present. Tickets like this concert are worth it, even if it's just for listening to songs as well executed as this one from the self-titled album released in 1978.
'Past Time in Good Company' was a bit heavy and I wish it had been another issue that took its place, but not everything can be and still enjoy it. It was being a night to remember and after 'Farm On the Freeway' came one of the moments of the night.
He "rings" the phone to Ian Anderson and we recognize the voice of Slash instantly, who greets the band to present his favorite anthem. And there was the riff that so many wanted to hear for the first time, the riff that many others heard again live, a riff that is totally universal. 'Aqualung' was marked by a glorious guitar solo by Opahle, but also by a band that was totally dedicated to the cause. Some people stand up during the song and many people stand at the end because there is little you can thank for listening to songs like this in these times, after so much time.
The concert closed with a 'Locomotive Breath' that was a perfect icing on the cake we had been offered tonight. All the musicians remembered at the end of the theme, from the last to the first and with special mentions for those who were in this performance. The ovation that Anderson took to go on stage to say goodbye was exciting, with a sold out that said gratitude for each and every one of its sides.
The memory of many songs that have accompanied us throughout our lives, the energy with which Ian moves to his 71 years-from one place to another, making postures, with his mastery of the flute-and everything that may mean the songs of JETHRO TULL , were evident in this concert. What to say, it has been one of the best concerts of the year for a server that has eaten a good number of them this year. And who knows, only time will tell if it has not been one of the best concerts of my life. The bets are there. Thanks Ian Anderson, thanks JETHRO TULL .
maddogfagin: Their jealousy and ignorance knows no bounds. Best ignore them - most sensible people do these days.
Sept 28, 2019 12:22:55 GMT
dryad: Hey, I'm shouting out because I can't figure out how to post in the "Hello, I'm new Here!" post. I cam over here looking for Samhain songs. I'll roll with "Songs From the Wood" if no one knows of something specific. I'll do the hello if I can figure it out
Oct 9, 2019 20:54:07 GMT
jackinthegreen: Good Evening from Scotland, hope everyone is good tonight
Oct 10, 2019 23:16:36 GMT
maddogfagin: . . . and lunchtime salutations from Cornwall
Oct 11, 2019 12:42:18 GMT
steelmonkey: Hello from Mexico City where Tulliano T shirt gets queries followed by respect.
Oct 12, 2019 3:20:51 GMT
botanicman: Does anyone care that JT weren't nominated for the RRHOF?
Oct 15, 2019 20:42:26 GMT
ash: I bet Ian doesn't care
Oct 17, 2019 16:36:52 GMT
JTull 007: I'm not affected by RNRHOF decisions... The only thing that matters is how we all feel about TULL. These days it keeps me HAPPY just to know there is MORE to come !!!
Oct 21, 2019 2:12:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Jim's right. I would trade 10 hall of fame invitations for each year Ian continues to work.
Oct 24, 2019 16:06:17 GMT
rredmond: I care... every single time they get snubbed... for about 10 seconds. But I'm REALLY pissed off for those ten seconds!
Oct 24, 2019 18:39:53 GMT
JTull 007: To me it's like being picked by Dick Clark to be on American Bandstand. RNRHOF is about a tourist destination for Cleveland Ohio not a TRUE Hall of Fame.
Oct 27, 2019 10:50:51 GMT
jethrotull: As Ian used to say on the SFTW tour "almost indistinguishable from the master tapes playing behind the stage". Clive James clearly loathed Ian Anderson and did manage to expose some of Ian's self-important pretentiousness.
Oct 31, 2019 16:53:24 GMT
ash: A big welcome to Joe Parrish and a sad goodbye to Flo
Nov 2, 2019 13:27:33 GMT
steelmonkey: Plenty of Florian era highlights to appreciate,,, Change of Horses and Enter the Uninvited for two.
Nov 6, 2019 1:11:22 GMT
JTull 007: I loved him even more after 2010 and seeing him perform in Richmond Virginia. His stage presence and talent were like a FRESH new way to ROCK !!!!
Nov 6, 2019 22:29:31 GMT
nonrabbit: What's Florian going on to do?
Nov 13, 2019 19:13:22 GMT
maddogfagin: I would guess that with the "recognition" he's now got with the association with IA he'll be in demand for session and production work. Maybe he could be asked to remix the later Tull albums after Stormwatch if SW hasn't the time.
Nov 14, 2019 7:56:45 GMT