Monday, November 30, 2015

Ian Anderson Adds 2016 Dates For 'Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera' Shows

The Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera concert tour returns to the States starting April 2016, in which Ian Anderson celebrates the life and times of English agriculturalist Jethro Tull.

Ian Anderson is known as the legendary frontman for the classic rock band Jethro Tull and reimagines his namesake with a narrative set in the near future. The show presents some of the best known songs from the repertoire of Jethro Tull.

Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera,  written and performed by Ian Anderson, runs from April 1 through the 16, with shows in Waukegan IL, continuing through the Midwest in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and through the south in Tennessee, Alabama and Atlanta.

In the rock opera, Anderson touches on topical issues including including climate change, intensive food production and population growth. New material specially written for this show includes "Prosperous Pasture," "Fruits Of Frankenfield,” "And The World Feeds Me," "Stick, Twist, Bust," and "The Turnstile Gate."

The show features many Tull favorites, including "Heavy Horses," "Farm On The Freeway," "Songs From The Wood," "Aqualung," "Living In The Past," "Wind-Up," "A New Day Yesterday," "The Witch's Promise" and "Locomotive Breath," sometimes with slightly re-written lyrics to better tell the tale.

The tour has already played in the UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil and Argentina, recently finishing an eight day run in the North East U.S. to widely encouraging reviews.

In her review of the show for, Donna Erichsen says Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera is a "night not to be missed."

Anderson is accompanied by David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests on screen including Ryan O’Donnell who shared the stage with Ian in recent tours for Homo Erraticus and Thick As A Brick 2 and Icelandic singer/violinist/actress Unnur Birna Björnsdóttir who appears on screen throughout the show.

In addition to U.S. dates in April and October 2016,  Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera will be performed in Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany plus more cities and countries to be announced.

Look out for tour dates and much more information at

2016 North America Tour Dates

4/1/16 - Genesee Theatre - Waukegan IL  
4/2/16 - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center - Appleton, WI
4/4/16 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
4/5/16 - Holland Performing Arts Center - Omaha, NE
4/7/16 - Embassy Theatre - Fort Wayne, IN
4/8/16 - Murat Theatre - Indianapolis, IN
4/9/16 - Devos Performance Hall - Grand Rapids, MI  
4/11/16 - Akron Civic Theatre - Akron, OH
4/12/16 -  Aronoff Center for the Arts - Cincinnati, OH
4/13/16 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN  
4/15/16  -Montgomery Performing Arts Center - Montgomery, AL
4/16/16 - Fox Theatre - Atlanta, GA