Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Thick as a Brick 2, Hexagon
Tull’s iconic frontman has gathered a collection of consummate musicians for this tour performing his follow-up to the 1972 prog rock concept album - but don’t be put off if you’re not familiar with the original.
While Anderson has managed to capture the very best of the essence of Jethro Tull, this was something more besides. Using audio visuals, video, plenty of fun and some downright comic moments, this tour goes beyond a mere concert to deliver and evening of pure, delightful entertainment.
And throughout it all was that infectious sound of acoustic guitars and heavy rock riffs perfectly blended with Anderson’s flute playing and the marvellous sound of the Hammond organ.
And even if you didn’t have a clue about the story – what might have become of Gerald Bostock, the precocious child featured in the first album - you couldn’t fail to be caught up and carried along by the music and atmosphere.
Even with an interval they played a long set, taking to the stage straight off with no support act. So perhaps they could be forgiven for the absence of an encore.
But the lurking audience, by our reluctance to leave, were secretly hoping Anderson and co would leap back onto the stage to belt out a couple of Tull classics like Aqualung or Broadsword.
Alas we were to be disappointed, though perhaps that was a final reminder that this was Ian Anderson and not, in fact, Jethro Tull.
The UK tour is due to finish in Southampton on Sunday. Click here for more details.