Bologna celebrates the Jethro Tull, but without a smartphone: prohibited in the stalls LINK If a cell phone came out, stop at the concert. Which retraced the band's journey over half a century
BOLOGNA - There were no virtual singers with whom to exchange video-duets, nor the cell phones that were forbidden in the room last night on pain of the "definitive suspension of the concert", when on 2 February 1968 an English band made its debut on the London Marquee who wrote the history of progressive rock. The Jethro Tull brought their infinite fifty-year tour to the EuropAuditorium in Bologna yesterday, with the sold out room for months, even though of the 46 musicians who had passed from the band the only one left and the only one to have been then, like today, is Ian Anderson.
The Jethro Tull are his creature, who at 72 years handles unchanged familiarity and enthusiasm, reviving with the unmistakable and impeccable flute and with the folk elf gestures the memories of the many in the room that the progressive epic have followed since from the beginning. The voice, on the other hand, pays the debt over time, sometimes uncertain about the higher passages, as in the end of a concentrated version of the glorious "Thick as a brick" suite that closes the first part of the show.
It is a show all in suspension between the various eras, with Anderson and his current band on stage and behind them scrolling through images of period concerts and many friends who over the years have shared a piece of Jethro Tull history. Some of the musicians passed by the group are presented, including figured, albeit for one concert, Tony Iommi, who would later become legendary guitarist of Black Sabbath; or the guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa, who on his first tour played as his own shoulder to Jethro Tull, and "the only one to make a cover of one of our songs almost as good as the original", assures Anderson.
The quartet that accompanies the leader and his flute today holds the comparison, the sound is clean and powerful, enhanced by the acoustics of the room, and the first part of the show is granite, enhanced by a masterly version of "Bourée", with the only flaw of having to sit on the seats and not go wild like in the old days. The return after the break is not however of the same intensity, with the curtains with virtual duets on the video clips of some of the voices of an old musical-show on the story of the true agronomist Jethro Tull, from which the band took the name, to remove power to the songs historical and an appointment with history. Too bad for a milestone like "Aqualung" a little watered down by the game of live rebounds - recorded clips, before taking a breath in the encore thanks to "Locomotive Breath". A last journey through time, back to 1971, when Jethro Tull's and prog rock's England did not have video phones, smartphones, Brexit and a decent slice of last night's audience.
Images by Mario Poddighe Foto When the LP came out I had little money and had to save money to buy it, I still listen to it and I keep it with care. After 50 years, I had the great pleasure of listening to them in Brescia last Friday. Ladies and Gentlemen the Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull in Trieste Images and Text by Pio Dal Cin Success for Ian Anderson and his band on the tour that celebrates 50 years of activity LINK The positive energy of Ian Anderson has infected the spectators of the Politeama Rossetti last night in Trieste. Jethro Tull's fiftieth anniversary concert was a real success. While the images in black and white flowed into the backgrouud of the stage to commemorate the sixties (the group was formed in 1967), the leader of the band went through the various moments and recalled the 37 elements that have taken place over the years to be part of of a group that is now considered to be part of the history of "progressive" Rock & Roll even though the Blues and Classic-Medieval reinterpretations add a different flavor to the ballads masterfully conducted by Ian's stage demon who has not lost his energy, indeed, it seems to have found it again and to have so much to be able to pass it on to the entranced public who appreciated the performance very much. The two pieces that more than any other involved the spectators were the last two "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath" which, when played live, offered unexpected virtuosos of the world's best transverse flautist who sent the audience into raptures. A concert not to be missed for those who will have the opportunity to continue across the US and Europe, with concerts scheduled until November (SOLD OUT the November 22 in Gemany)
Here's Who's Playing At The Delightful Forest Hills Stadium This Summer BY JEN CARLSON IN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ON APR 9, 2019 11:11 AM
In a city with venues like the hellscape chic Terminal 5 and that midtown behemoth Madison Square Garden, Forest Hills Stadium offers a sweet escape. It's the closest this city will ever get to those utopian venues of Los Angeles, where locals watch top acts perform from table seating in an al fresco amphitheater in the Hills. Year-round. Must be nice! Anyway, back to us, the greatest city in the world.
Here we have Forest Hills Stadium, which has a long history of bringing legendary acts to the Queens tennis courts (The Beatles, The Supremes, Joan Baez, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Simon & Garfunkel, Judy Garland, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones—ever heard of 'em?). The 14,000-capacity stadium, which opened in 1923 and offers a cabin as a backstage area for artists, turned off the concert arm of the business in the 1980s, but thankfully they brought the music back in 2013. The booking has been nothing short of fantastic since, with a nod to their past on every annual lineup—Paul Simon, Dolly Parton, and Tom Petty all took the stage in recent years.
And this year's lineup is shaping up nicely, too—while more acts will be announced, here's what this summer at the tennis courts looks like so far:
FOREST HILLS STADIUM 2019 SCHEDULE (You can buy tickets through this link)
Saturday, May 25 - Greta Van Fleet Saturday, June 15 - Death Cab for Cutie with Jenny Lewis Saturday, June 22 - ALT 92.3 Summer Open (Day 1) featuring The Lumineers with The Revivalists, Sharon Van Etten and Catfish and the Bottlemen Sunday, June 23 - ALT 92.3 Summer Open (Day 2) featuring The Head and The Heart, Young The Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums, a special acoustic performance by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Smith and Thell Saturday, July 20 - Weird Al Yankovic with Queens Symphony Orchestra Wednesday, July 24 - Elvis Costello & The Imposters and Blondie Friday, August 2 - An Intimate Evening With Sarah McLachlan And The New York Pops Saturday, August 10 - My Morning Jacket with Warpaint Saturday, August 17 - Beck and Cage The Elephant with Spoon Saturday, September 7 - Morrissey with Interpol Saturday, September 14 - Ian Anderson Presents JETHRO TULL 50th Anniversary Tour
And did we mention the food? We'll have more updates to come on that front, too.
As for how to get there, it's probably easier than you think: Take the E, M, F, or R lines to the 71st Avenue Forest Hills station in Queens, then walk South on 71st Avenue under the train tracks. Or take the LIRR to the Forest Hills Station. The stadium is located at 1 Tennis Place in Forest Hills.
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Fumasoli Provides Chauvet Professional Maverick Fixtures For Jethro Tull’s Italian Show Apr 22, 2019
BOLOGNA, ITALY – (For Immediate Release) – After 60 million album sales and a slew of platinum and gold hits, frontman Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull still have a burning desire to push musical boundaries. This fiery passion and hunger were on full display on March 30, when the British rock pioneers took the stage at Bologna’s Teatro EuropAuditorium.
Performing with a ferocity that both captivated and challenged the sold-out crowd, the band from Blackpool unleashed a swirl of emotions with each song from iconic albums like Aqualung and Thick as a Brick. Reflecting the evocative moods of their music was a richly textured and intensely colored lightshow by Mark Wheatley that drew on the intensity of 40 CHAUVET Professional lighting fixtures, supplied by Fumasoli Audio & Lights Rental.
A collection of 18 Maverick MK2 Spot and 22 Maverick MK2 Wash fixtures anchored the concert rig, which also featured a large center stage video wall. The lighting and video were both run with a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
“The Maverick Spots were used to create effects of movement and intensity, as well as beam animations,” said Federico Seguri, Fumasoli technical manager and lighting team leader for the show. “Mark Wheatley used the Mavericks as theatrical spot lights, creating atmospheres of real theatre within the show. Beyond the colors from fixtures, he also cleverly used projectors for cuts, spots, and specials that gave the show a real theatrical touch. This really underscored the drama and intensity of the band’s music.”
Wheatley flew eight of the MK2 Wash units on the downstage truss, relying on them for front lighting. Of the remaining 14 wash fixtures, four were used as cutting lights on the proscenium, while the remaining 10 were positioned upstage at various heights to create color settings, movement and intensity effects.
Drawing on the color rendering capabilities of his Spot and Wash fixtures, Wheatley bathed the stage in an array of hues to reflect the range of emotions that came to the forefront during the band’s performance. At times, he went with single monochromatic color schemes to create haunting theatrical looks.
Adding to the evocative mood of the show were the textured gobo patterns that Wheatley created. He also dotted the stage deck with pools of white light at some points, creating a magical cloud-like effect. Set against the large video wall and overhead fixtures, the gobo patterns and deck lighting endowed the stage with a deep multi-dimensional look.
As Seguri explained, “The lightshow reached people on many levels.” In that sense it was the perfect accompaniment to the progressive music of one of rock’s most influential bands.
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Cmon Ian that setlist has had its chips, talk about living in the past lol Live in it up a bit plz Some fresh songs would be nice Black satin dancer, Taxi grab, Orion, Acres wild,Clasp, Mountain men etc plz
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
sealion: Mmm, my Signature copy arrived yesterday and I've now got most of the way through it. It's certainly a lovely book but worth the £275?
Nov 21, 2019 12:52:45 GMT
sealion: Essentially we're paying £235 for a number, a 7" vinyl (which, let's be honest, isn't that great), 2 art prints, IA's autograph and a box. Oh yes, and my name listed in the back. A pair of tickets for the 2020 tour would've been a nice gesture....
Nov 21, 2019 13:03:40 GMT
sealion: Do I regret it? Not really, because it's Jethro Tull, but, perversely,I probably would've done if I'd only gone for the cheaper version! That said I'm not sure how the price difference between the two versions can be justified...
Nov 21, 2019 13:12:02 GMT
sealion: Jethro Tull the prog years? So it's Passion Play in it's entirety then!
Nov 21, 2019 13:34:00 GMT
maddogfagin: That would please Bernie
Nov 21, 2019 15:40:52 GMT
steelmonkey: As it is I may have to travel far to see this tour
Nov 23, 2019 4:02:52 GMT
steelmonkey: Got new job, starting Feb 3,2020, Tull book and Stormwatch, all just in time for Thanksgiving. Prsent and promise to self: Catch up on Tull forum this weekend. Fair warning: reviews and rants/raves/nonsense looming like the big bear cover of Stormwatch.
Nov 27, 2019 22:58:37 GMT