Jethro Tull notched their sixth gold record in 1975 with their eighth studio album, Minstrel in the Gallery. Its elaborate production is reminiscent of the band's classic 1972 album, Thick As a Brick, and its songs rock as hard as anything in the band's massive catalog.
Today, Guitar World checks in with Jethro Tull and tracks down what we feel are the legendary British band's 10 greatest guitar moments. As always, our list digs deep into the band's six-string artistry (a staggering amount of which was provided by the great Martin Barre and, of course, Ian Anderson), while taking historical importance and other factors into account.
Last year, Ian Anderson took Jethro Tull on tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Aqualung, one of the sacred stones of classic rock. This year, not only is he revisiting another of his crown jewels — 1972’s Thick As A Brick — he’s cut a feature-length sequel and will spend the next year or more putting it on the road.
Following the recent announcement of a 19-date tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Thick As A Brick, on April 3, Ian Anderson will release a sequel to the original Jethro Tull album. In 1972, Anderson wrote and recorded Thick As A Brick with Jethro Tull. At the time, the lyrics were credited to the fictitious child character, Gerald Bostock, whose parents supposedly lied about his age. So, 40 years later, what would Bostock -– who'd be 50 in 2012 -– be doing today?