Post by Gerrald Bostock on Sept 26, 2014 11:43:47 GMT
The Jethro Tull Group is running a contest this month. Tell us your Ian Anderson or Jethro Tull favorite concert story. The winner will receive the .special Tour Edition CD/DVD courtesy of the The Jethro Tull Group and KScope Records. So please tell us your story here or on our Facebook page The contest will run until November 1st and the winner will be determined by our staff. So please tell us your story and your chance to win a free CD/DVD Tour Edition.
Hello; great idea for a contest! Here's my favorite concert story, from October 11, 2009, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, in Connecticut, USA.
I attended with a friend, a more casual Tull fan than I, but someone still knowledgeable about the music. We found our seats, and then a very brash, outgoing chap sat down in front of us, with his wife alongside. He turned and greeted us - hey, a friendly fan is good in these days when people can be rude and dismissive of strangers, right? But it got weird. The guy (I'll call him "guy" for ease of reference) asked us if we had ever been to a Tull/Ian show before. We answered in the positive, and I pointed out that I had seen the previous night's performance in Worcester, Massachusetts. Guy's eyes widened and he said, "Is David Bartholomew still in the band?"
My friend and I exchanged curious looks. "David Bartholomew? I've never heard of him," I replied.
Guy got agitated. "Yeah, you know, David Bartholomew. He was Tull's second bass player."
"You mean Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond?"
"No, no, no, no." Guy peered at us suspiciously. "How old are you guys, anyway?"
I was 40, and Guy had maybe ten years on me. I told him my age, and he sneered, as if to say I knew nothing as a callow youth.
"Well, David Bartholomew was Tull's second bass player, and I would love to see him again!" Guy pronounced, and he excused himself to go get another drink.
His wife turned to us and sighed, "Don't mind my husband. When he thinks he's right, there's no arguing with him. It's worse when he's drinking."
The coda to this tale took place during the show, and came from the mouth of Ian Anderson himself. When introducing the song "Jeffrey Goes to Leicester Square," Ian told a humorous story about all the bass players that had been in Tull, and how he stopped referring to them by name, choosing instead to assign them numbers. He dubbed David Goodier (NOT Bartholomew) number seven. Then Ian kindly helped my friend and I win the argument by chatting about Tull's second bass player, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond.
Guy and his wife didn't speak to us again before exiting the venue that night, but I certainly hope Guy was listening!
That's my favorite Tull concert story! Very silly and inconsequential, but memorable!
My first time seeing Jethro Tull was for the Aqualung tour 6/19/1971. It was at the Anaheim Convention Center. I was a sophomore in high school. I had my eyes on a Junior and see was a great looking mama. Well of course the first date you ever go on is the Tull show. She said yes, but I did not even think about me not having a car. I had to ask my best friend and my brother went too. Yeah, that's the way you do it. Impress her mightily. Back seat of the SS 1668 Camaro. She kept smacking me with the program most of the show. A rowdy one. But Tull was fantastic and what a time to see them. The girl did not last, but Jethro Tull is still with me. And I still have the program.
Favourite story.......ummm.... Every year I've seen JT/IA since 1995 have been a highlight (even most of the continuous best ofs through the noughties).
I suppose I could mention the first time I saw them live in Hereford on a wet, foggy night....It was a stand up gig!!!!... ..
But, I suppose at this moment in time, if I had to pick a favourite / highlight, it's going to be the last two Homo Erraticus gigs.
Having really enjoyed TAAB2 and the tours, including meeting IA for the first time at the Albert Hall and witnessing the sound check, with news of a new project in 2014, I don't think I've slept so badly due to anticipation....especially when the little samples were available. Anyhow, it sounded and looked awesome (love the cover concept and inner pics too) so I was, really eager to see how it would all work live. I was unusually late booking my ticket for Symphony Hall, Birmingham, as I forgot what the date was - tickets went on sale at 9am, I didn't get mine 'til 9.45am!!! My wife has accompanied me a couple of times and so has my step-daughter, so it was my 7-year-old son's turn! A proper lads night out
We arrived in Brum mid afternoon and found free parking. Had a walk around town, had a beer, had some grub and then headed to the hall to sit around - Vaughan made sure we were there early so not to miss it (5.45pm!!), but who could blame him...his first time to see a proper band, could anyone contain such excitement? I must point out, that JT/IA has not been forced onto Vaughan. He probably never really listened to many complete albums, I guess he likes the 'hits'. He enjoyed HE straight away though, especially the rocky numbers, but still listened to other things during April, unlike myself where it was practically HE for breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack, supper, sleep. Vaughan enjoys Iron Maiden (think he likes Eddie on the covers) and AC/DC, plus James, Seth Lakeman, Queen, McFly!?!?...
Anyhow, V was chuffed to bits with his T-shirt we bought from Tom and enjoyed standing on one leg etc, inbetween lots of forced visits to the loo as I was not missing any part of the show if the little man needed to go .
Anyhow, as many of us know, the show was Brilliant! Really enjoyed the half hour of video performances from Seth, Fairport, the jaw-dropping Anna Pheobie and others, and HE really was a treat to watch live. Vaughan was just SO happy and bopped away in his chair, laughed when IA, Ryan or other band members pulled funny faces or moved funny. He seemed to take everything in as he often recalls that night when HE is on the stereo. Vaughan was disappointed that we couldn't stop at the end to try and meet the man himself plus band to sign our delux HE book, as I was shattered and had to drive the 1.5 hour journey home.
The next day I said to my wife that I have got to go and see that again, so with a bit of persuasion, managed to get one of the few tickets left for the last night of UK tour in London. Whilst I was sad that Vaughan was not able to come with me due to cost and travelling distance, it was again enjoyable and spoke to many fans before gig at a nearby pub and then met Diane and Quiz Kid, who amazingly were very nearly sat next to me in the same row....spooky.
Anyhow, I took a printed version of the above photo with me in the small hope of getting it signed for Vaughan. I waited around outside with a few others by the stage doors. We probably had all of the bands signatures within an hour of leaving the building, but alas no sign of Ian. Tom had told me earlier that some American promoters would be having a drink with IA after the show so he could be ages and more tired than usual so less likely to sign. We were told to move out of the side alley due to neighbours (even though we weren't talking at that point due to anxiety and tiredness - in my case, anyway), which was a good thing in the end as 20mins or so later, I caught in the corner of my eye some bloke dashing to a white van!! Fortunately another fan was quite close to it, so I managed to get his attention so he could quickly get in before he's chauffeured away. However, IA then decided to run in opposite direction to another van and we thought that was it.....but, a minute or two later, he returned and quickly got us to line up to sign our thing.
I told him that V and I enjoyed the B'ham gig. I think he gave a little smile as quickly glanced at the pic to sign, but it happened so quickly and understandably he wants to get home after a long UK tour. I was on a high, but wanted to get home too. I was shattered and had 2.5 hours to drive.
Quizz Kid: Well, we tried to spread the love and the word, build bridges, but when you get booted and blocked by twats for no reason it's a bit like the trash taking itself out for collection, good riddance to bad rubbish.
Jul 12, 2017 23:36:42 GMT
Gerrald Bostock: 'well ....to "their" own pressing problems and the hate they must unwind.....Leaves me with "Nothing to Say"
Jul 14, 2017 11:55:58 GMT