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Ian Anderson live in concertIan Anderson

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
April 18, 2012

When it comes to subtle showmanship and dramatic musical theatre, there really is no one as adept or as captivating as Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson. Appearing on stage at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Ian Anderson and his band proceeded to give the packed out audience a show to remember, savour and salivate at the thought of for a long time to come.

The night was billed as Ian performing the whole of the album Thick as a Brick, a very occurrence and even rarer when its stunning sequel, recorded 40 years apart, Thick as a Brick 2 gets played throughout in a night of high theatre, incredible music and the personification of the wandering minstrel mixed with a pan like creature, cajoling and tempting his audience like the pied piper who enchanted his crowd with beautiful and scintillating timeless music.

 

With very few breaks in the proceeding in the first half of the show, except for a very clever moment where Ian’s phone went and the backdrop showed one of Ian’s musicians via Skype playing the violin in time to the music.

There is always the suggestion that you can’t top a classic with a sequel but inThick as a Brick 2, which made up the second half of the performance, it is possible to concede that Thick as a Brick2 is nothing short of sensational and inspired. The anti-hero of the first album has grown up, Gerald Bostock revisits his life and sees what could have been in Ian Anderson’s music. There was a poignant moment for the audience as the screen above the musicians showed repatriated soldiers being taken to the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett. Stunned silence of sorrow and appreciation for the fallen and the music went hand in hand.

This was more than a gig, it was high drama and utterly thrilling.

Ian D. Hall

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