By Ross Cat.
COOL CAT….. As time roars by like a runaway locomotive music stands as
a bookmark to the chapters of our lives. One outlet that embraces
“Living in the Past” is rock radio. Buffalo’s 97 ROCK has been a
channel to that great escape we call music, and this year marks their 30th
Anniversary on the air. To help commemorate this momentous event
97 ROCK presents one of rock and rolls musical visionaries JETHRO TULL
to the UNIVERSITY of BUFFALO, Center for the Performing Arts this Tuesday,
has been an artistic force since it’s inception in 1968, responsible for
a musical metamorphosis that is unmatched to this day. Originally a blues-based
band, TULL’S fusion of musical styles assembled with non-conventional rock
instruments has created a sound that defies classification Lead by vocalist
and flute phenomenon IAN ANDERSON, the members of the band are all accomplished
musicians. Guitarist MARTIN BARRE, drummer DOANE PERRY, and bassist JONATHAN
NOYCE have demonstrated a genius for combining their talents as musicians
to create the complicated arrangements that comprise the epic TULL tales.
The band is in the midst of a full- scale tour that began this past summer
and runs into the new year. One of the highlights of the tour will
be a stop in EUROPE in mid December, as TULL will be joined by the NEUE
PHILHARMONIE FRANKFURT for three orchestral shows. Western New Yorkers
need not fret as you too can enjoy this amazing concert available now on
DVD titled: IAN ANDERSON: Plays the Orchestral JETHRO TULL.
NIGHTLIFE had the amazing privilege to speak with IAN ANDERSON about the
upcoming tour and what the future holds for himself and JETHRO TULL. For
an in-depth history of TULL check out the bands website @ www.j-tull.com.
R.Cat- Thank you for not overlooking Buffalo on your current tour we sometimes
get lost in the shuffle. I see everyone who attends the show will receive
a special edition “Aqualung” CD. Tell us about that cool perk?
That’s right. Everyone who has a ticket to the show will get a copy of
“Aqualung Live” which was recorded last November in Washington. It is available
in limited release in EUROPE and all proceeds will be donated to various
homeless organizations. With all the recent catastrophes due to the weather
this past year the word homeless has taken on a whole new meaning. So we
are trying to help as much as we can through our music.
The newest DVD you have out is really an amazing performance featuring
a full orchestra. Also the interview with you in your studio was very interesting.
Do you find an appreciation from TULL fans when you change the presentation
of the classics like “Skating Away” and “Locomotive Breath”?
When I do live shows I really try to have a mixture of both things. I can
appreciate the nostalgia that the fans have for the music. I enjoy helping
them recreate the history the songs may have for them. But we also
sometimes will add and subtract different arrangements for the songs to
keep things fresh it all depends on the nature of the song.
With such a vast catalog of music to choose from how do you determine what
will be played in a set?
it comes to putting together a set list for a particular city my first
golden rule is what did we play last time, this time around we better make
it eighty percent different. We really try to visit all the musical styles
and eras from TULL, which I think is the best way to approach it.
Being a gifted multi-instrumentalist mastering the flute and various types
of guitars how does the creative process of making new music begin for
you, and with what instrument?
I’ve really tried to make it different every time, music isn’t like a production
line so I have that luxury. Sometimes it will be the guitar or mandolin
other times it will be the flute, and then there are times I’ll have the
lyrics or a title written for a piece. I’m happy to say there are a lot
of approaches to making music and I enjoy exploring them all.
Do you think the cross-section of music and non-conventional instruments
within TULL have helped to expose rock fans to appreciate other music genres?
IAN- Yes, I’d like to think so, I‘m not here to preach to people or
attempt to educate anyone. I do get the feeling that folks may go home
after a show and wonder about instrumentation and musical styles that perhaps
they wouldn’t of thought of otherwise. It certainly is a part of
it, anything that serves, as an antidote to the mind-boggling boring uniformity
of MTV has to be considered a positive thing. There just seems to be a
lack of inventiveness and exploratory work being done in contemporary music.
Speaking of new music what does the new year bring for yourself and JETHRO
We’ve set aside a large chunk of time following this tour in the spring
to record a new album. It has been difficult. We continue to get offers
to tour, along with putting together the last two DVD’s, “Living with the
Past”, and the most recent release have been really time consuming. I have
quite a lot of music that is in the conceptual stages so following the
tour we’ll let the ideas grow organically and go from there.
NIGHTLIFE would like to thank IAN ANDERSON for taking time out for us as
well as hometown girl ANNE LEIGHTON for putting this together. Check out
her website @ www.anneleighton.com.
PURPLE HEART POUNDING….. Rock and Roll road warriors DEEP PURPLE have a
brand new album out this past month called “Rapture of the Deep”. The “Highway
Stars” have managed to find time to put together a brilliant collection
of eleven new songs full of passion and jest. The albums first track “Money
Talks” opens with a raucous riff from guitarist Steve Morse backed by a
ballsy beat from bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice. The added
element that has always set PURPLE apart from their classic rock peers
has been the haunting keyboards of Don Airey which shines on through
on track two “Girls Like That”. Prototypical front man Ian Gillan shows
no signs of slowing down despite his numerous nights of tonsil tearing
vocals. Other stand out tracks on the disc includes “Wrong Man”, “MTV”
a cheeky stab at modern music, and the velvety allure of “Clearly Quite
This is a must record for any DEEP PURPLE fan and a treat for any supporter
of dignified rock and roll. The band certainly is no strangers to the road
and will be heading out in January touring EUROPE through March. Look for
PURPLE to be knocking on our back door this summer. Check out the bands
website @ www.deep-purple.com
you will also find an excellent song by song review by Buffalo News writer