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.
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stormsongs: Hi. Newbie, first time here as I have a question I can't get an answer to......I have a vivid memory of buying Lifes a Long Song in 71 and it had a gatefold sleeve....but I can't find any evidence of that or a copy with that sleeve...
Jun 12, 2020 14:25:44 GMT
maddogfagin: Welcome to the JT Forum stormsongs. Not seen a UK Life is a long song gatefold sleeve but there's no doubting they may have been some overseas releases issued this way.
Jun 13, 2020 6:14:41 GMT
futureshock: So, IF you are musical yourself, what are you doing with the CoronaCoda lockdown experience and maybe extra personal time available to find or create more music, or explore instrument playing? How has dealing with musicians changed? Gigs? Spinoff ideas?
Jun 14, 2020 23:01:49 GMT
maddogfagin: Listening to a lot of concert recordings via CD and finding some great music on youtube which I've never heard before. My days of playing guitar are behind me these days due to my damn fingers not wanting to work properly.
Jun 15, 2020 6:37:05 GMT
steelmonkey: Would you like to hear a perfectly constructed, note,rhythm,lyrical and atmosphere piece of Tull perfection? Yes? Try 'Saboteur' on 'Under Wraps'. Flawless.
Jun 22, 2020 21:05:43 GMT
maddogfagin: Under Wraps is an often maligned album by a minority but to the majority it stands amongst the finest of their eighties output. A great album.
Jun 28, 2020 6:43:28 GMT
steelmonkey: Under Wraps is sui generis. Strong everything. Something(s) about it amaze and astound with each listen.
Jun 28, 2020 19:30:42 GMT
steelmonkey: Double work shifts in surging hospital to allow 2 week vacation soon...miss my friends in the Tull treehouse but back soon. Breaks at work have gone the way of the dinosaurs.
Jul 8, 2020 3:29:26 GMT
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steelmonkey: I prefer Scorpios, Leos, Taurases( Tauri?), Cancers and Capricorns but Pisces on the bubble of all right.
Jul 10, 2020 20:52:34 GMT
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Jul 13, 2020 13:26:20 GMT
steelmonkey: I go on binges of long forgotten ( Jefferson Airplane, CSNY, Humble Pie), Overlooked releases ( Zappa, Prince, PIL) and just plain musical vitamins ( Traveling Wilburys, Pink Floyd) and then remember life is short and I should revert to all Tull all day.
Jul 19, 2020 22:29:08 GMT