Live Nation has announced Australian dates for Ian Anderson in April but with a more carefully worded announcement than Bluesfest.
While Bluesfest lists Jethro Tull as performing for the 2017 event, Live Nation has announced the show as ‘Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson’.
The Live Nation announcement reads, “returning to Byron Bay for next year’s Bluesfest, IAN ANDERSON will perform the music of JETHRO TULL at headline shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney”.
Jethro Tull as a band is no more and Ian Anderson was very clear. “My use of the name is something I have been careful about as I get older,” Ian told Noise11.com in 2014. “I had been recording under the name Jethro Tull since 1968. It is something that I am very proud of. It is a huge body of repertoire that I am very proud of and I have absolutely no intention of giving up playing. It is stuff I wrote. I am indelibly entwined with the past of Jethro Tull but I just feel that in my twilight years, forgive the vanity but, I would just like to stick my bald head above and say “my name is Ian Anderson. That is my preference in my final years to keep my own name in the frame. You can call me Mr Tull. I don’t get upset by it. People call me Jethro or Mr Tull, they call me a lot worse things than that”.
Ian Anderson Australia dates
April 11, Perth, Concert Hall
April 13, Melbourne, Hamer Hall
April 15, Sydney, State Theatre