Broadway Center presents
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays Thick As A Brick 1 & 2
Known throughout the world as the voice and flute behind legendary rock group Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson will expertly bring audiences back to rock’s heyday with his performance of THICK AS A BRICK in its entirety for the first time since 1972, then bring the evening full circle with his new album, THICK AS A BRICK 2. Jethro Tull’s progressive rock era peaked with 1972’s THICK AS A BRICK, a revolutionary 45-minute continuous piece of music charting the difficulties of a child growing up and confronting a frightening and unfair world. The album was a worldwide success, including a #1 spot on the Billboard chart. Forty years later, Ian’s new sequel has very deliberately echoed the feel of the 1972 album by using many of the same instruments - including acoustic guitar and Hammond organ - by recording the continuous 53-minute piece of music to a large extent with the band all playing live together. In Ian’s words, “The theme of this anniversary ‘part two’ album is to examine the possible different paths that the precocious young schoolboy, Gerald Bostock, might have taken later in life.” After 45 years of leading Jethro Tull through 54 countries and over 60 million albums sold, Ian Anderson celebrates true progressive rock classics with old and new fans alike. Don’t miss this legendary evening of rock!
“What makes the show special, even unique, is the level of fastidious exactitude, from the lighting (which is extraordinary) to the staging, to the band itself.”
“Thick As A Brick remains as impressive as ever, its intricate passages, recurring refrains, pomp, and power all still intact. The fact that Anderson and his excellent backing band -- bassist David Goodier, drummer Scott Hammond, guitarist Florian Opahle -- are able to pull it off so well speaks volumes. Not only about the album’s staying power, but also about its ability to still lend itself to live performance.”