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Ian Anderson on Jethro Tull and the importance of looking forward

Still creating new music and performing live as he nears 70, Ian Anderson is an artist who always looks forward, rather than living on past glories. Prog pins the frontman down for a chat

I t’s Sunday. For many of us, it’s a day apart from the usual hurly‑burly of the week; a day to take a walk, spend time with family and friends, read the papers or watch the match. Not for Ian Anderson. For him, the traditional day of rest is more often than not spent behind the desk in his office.

“I sit there and do itineraries and make plans. I plan things in a way that, generally speaking, everyone knows what’s going on. Right now the itinerary goes all the way through to the end of the year and is available for band and crew to peruse so they can see the way things are shaping up. In most cases the flights are there, and even though I may not have booked them yet, I know what airline, what time a flight we’re going to be on, the venues and the local production people. It’s all there.”

He speaks with a degree of pride in his voice. “Other people are sitting planning their summer vacation and I’m there doing something not too dissimilar, in the sense that I’m also planning trips.”


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