John Spencer Evans was Tull's flamboyant keyboard player, who joined the band in 1970.
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Not known for displaying any shyness on stage, his theatrical leanings and stage presence was a major part of Tull's early memorable shows.
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He left the band in 1980 and at some point moved to Australia.
It would seem though that the love of music and performance has always stayed with him.
He's now to be found singing (baritone -who knew?) in the Victoria Welsh Male Voice Choir.
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A quote from their newsletter;
"...Right after interval, David came on holding a mysterious striped plastic bag. Observing that the choir is made up of men from a remarkable diversity of backgrounds and careers, he proceeded to empty the contents to reveal his personal collection of vintage Jethro Tull LPs and asked our John Evans, ex-keyboard player for that UK group, to step forward and join him. After a bit of banter, David was very pleased to get John to autograph one of his records."
John recently contributed ( by video) to the 50th tour by introducing Heavy Horses.
Thank you John, for your role in the grand history of Tull.
One special memory for me is this - the opening bar in one of my favourite songs.
Friday Top: 25 Best Keyboard Players of All Time As voted by UG community. Posted 15 hours ago
This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of the best keyboard players of all time. Based on votes and over 200 comments, we summed this one up into a Top 25 rundown.
25. John Evan We open this week's list with a musician best known for his work in Jethro Tull. John Evan later had his own band called Tallis for a while but eventually retreated from the music business altogether.
12. Don Airey There are not enough words to describe the greatness of someone like Don Airey. He is, without any doubts, one of the most prolific musicians in rock music and has collaborated with some of the biggest artists in the genre – Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Gary Moore, and ELO being just some of the names. He's been a member of Deep Purple for quite some time now.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention” ― Kahlil Gibran
ash: Merry Christmas. Hey Santa pass me that bottle
Dec 24, 2019 18:02:32 GMT
steelmonkey: Merry Christmas to one and all and a very Tull filled new year.
Dec 25, 2019 2:50:35 GMT
joemer: In Heaven dere aint no beer dats why we drink it here !!!!!! theme song of the Philly pa. new years day Mummers parade !!!! Another round of Hats off & Kudos to ian & the boys xmas church concerts Bruce should do that over here !!!!!.....
Dec 25, 2019 19:11:59 GMT
joemer: next Tull album cover one foot firmly planted in CONUS other foot across the ocean in D-Land and his "package" hovering over Blighty !!!!lol hahahah
Dec 25, 2019 19:14:01 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Once in Royal David's City Stood a lowly cattle shed Where a mother laid her baby You'd do well to remember the things He later said. Could have held Him in one hand. The things He would later say became the backbone of Western Civilization.
Dec 28, 2019 3:45:41 GMT
crosseyedmary75: 2,000 years later, we have His words. We know what He said. Ian sang, And the all-time winner Has got him by the balls He picks up Gideons Bible Open at page one, I thank God he stole the handle and the train it won't stop going Headlong to his death. Why?
Dec 28, 2019 4:01:18 GMT
crosseyedmary75: Thanks for the welcome. Thanks to Martin and to each well-wisher for the season and the new year. How cool is it to share our appreciation for the greatest band of all time! TULL fans must also be unique. We know this group of men is a most special gift
Dec 28, 2019 20:23:46 GMT
rredmond: Welcome crosseyedmary75!! And joemer, big ups to Philly from South Jersey! And when we're no longer here, our friends will be drinking all the beer!
Dec 31, 2019 13:23:40 GMT
snaffler: Its a few years since ive been on this forum, but i'd like to belatedly wish a Happy New Year to all members. I haven't listened to Jethro Tull for a long time. I needed a break.
Jan 3, 2020 21:14:14 GMT
steelmonkey: Estimated time when I will get tired of 'A Change of Horses': NEVER
Jan 11, 2020 23:44:39 GMT
maddogfagin: Feel the same way about "Budapest" - who else but IA could have composed that song.
Jan 12, 2020 14:50:11 GMT
steelmonkey: I love Budapest,too...but to answer your question, Knopfler came damn close with 'Private Investigations' !
Jan 14, 2020 2:22:41 GMT
nonrabbit: I've written a thesis on your very thoughts Chairman Steel
Jan 15, 2020 11:07:39 GMT
steelmonkey: Please forwad results of your research to the central commitee for review.
Jan 16, 2020 20:15:29 GMT