Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson recalled how he met future Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant – and how Anderson’s band “got out pretty quickly” after Plant took a guest turn onstage.
The incident took place sometime in the mid ‘60s in London, before either artist had reached the pinnacle of success. “I’ve never been a strong singer,” said Anderson, who was complimented for retaining the vocal abilities of “a man decades younger” during a recent interview with Prog magazine. “Comparing me to, say, Robert Plant is absurd – he has a God-given talent, which I recognized, fearfully, the first time I ever met him, when [British blues icon] Alexis Korner brought him into a club we were in."
Anderson said they were playing in a "dreary, $h1tty club in town and it was awful" when Korner "came in with this lean youth and said, ‘All right if my boy stands in and does a number? He sings and plays harmonica.’ And I was like, ‘Well, that’s what I do, but sure, I’ll just sit this one out and he can have a go.’”
Anderson recalled that his reaction was immediate. “You knew instantly that he had something special about him," he said of Plant. "And he was a good harmonica player too. I sat there feeling this growing dread. … We got out of there pretty quickly, as I recall. Not too much looking back that night.”
Jethro Tull are marking their 50th anniversary with a tour that launches in the U.K. on Apr. 3 before reaching the U.S. on May 30. Anderson started work on a new album last year, although he remains unsure whether it will be released under his name or the band moniker. Plant recently said that Led Zeppelin were planning to discuss ways of celebrating their own 50th anniversary this year.
steelmonkey: Rock and Roll lives...saw The Raconteurs last night. Jack White was amazing. How does one guy get so much talent?....oh, wait....I've seen that somewehere.
Jul 25, 2019 16:46:34 GMT
snaffler: I haven't listened to anything as refreshing for decades (re Jethro Tull), as a couple of recordings of Martin's 50th Anniversary US tour! The songs sound so reinvigorated by Dan Crisp's vocals. I saw Martin last year and the vibe in the band seemed great
Jul 31, 2019 19:47:12 GMT
steelmonkey: I still don't feel like I have learned and integrated the 5 songs that were written for the opera. I wonder if and when they will ever be available besides the version snagged from a live show that I listen to now and again.
Aug 22, 2019 18:13:49 GMT
maddogfagin: I hope that the silence regarding any updates on the new album means that sessions are going well
Aug 31, 2019 6:18:27 GMT
maddogfagin: Is there any other ?
Sept 26, 2019 7:16:00 GMT
JTull 007: The Jethro Tull Forum is not on Facebook but there are some called The Jethro Tull Board or Group that have been quite abusive to TRUE TULL Fans. This Forum is very open minded and not so childish.
Sept 28, 2019 1:02:11 GMT
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