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ConcertsJethro Tull at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT

Posted on Saturday, December 04 2004 @ 11:15:26 CST by Greg Stewart
Progressive Rock Jethro Tull played Stamford, Connecticut in November, 2004. The current tour treats us to rarely played songs, a full acoustic set and the usual antics from the band that introduced the flute to rock music.

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I had heard the rumours about Ian Anderson's voice deteriorating, and I was skeptical about the performance I was about to see. I was especially nervious as this was the first time I'd had the opportunity to see Jethro Tull in concert, having so badly wanted to see them live since I was a wee tike. I really didn't want to be disappointed.

Alas, Ian's voice does show the weathering of more than thirty years of performing, but I was certainly not diappointed. Not in the least! With just as much fervour and energy as I remember from any concert video I had seen, Jethro Tull hammered out a solid, entertaining, and thoroughly enjoyable performance.

With just less than 1600 packed seats, the Palace Theatre, in Stamford, CT, was the perfect venue for my first Tull experience. Still intimate, yet large enough for an enthusiastic crowd to make a lot of noise, I can't think there was a bad seat in the house.

The show kicked off with an entirely acoustic set for which Doane Perry had a separate, wee drum kit laid out on stage right up next to the rest of band. According to Anderson, this is the first tour to feature the entirely acoustic block of music which began, at the Palace, with Life's A Long Song, Skating Away, and Eurology.

Although the band seemed at first like they were guaging the audience, they quickly warmed up and delivered a confident show.

The Palace concessions were apparently serving up a lot of wine that night, and Ian thought it necessary to offer the disclaimer that we should all blame the hadaches on the Chardonnay, not the music. However, the head-pounding, gut-wrenching decibles were obviously avoided in favour of a more humane audio level that neither left one's ears ringing, nor failed to deliver a well-balanced, well-mixed wall of sound. I was earnestly warned about bringing ear plugs, but despite my 10th row seat I had no use for them.

The only tune played from the Christmas album was the re-make of Bourée which Ian lovingly describes as mixture of "Bing Crosby with a flute, and the grumpiness of Jethro Tull". The show also included two instrumental pieces by guitarist, Martin Barre.

During the interval, Doane's wee drum kit was removed in preparation for the heavy-hitting electrical half of the show, opening with a hard and gritty Aqualung, followed by a mildly-Flamenco Pavane/Opus 50, and the more folky Weathercock. Beggars Farm then brought a rather spiritual and romantic air to the theatre. The second set closed with an even heavier reprise of Aqualung.

With the exception of Hymn 43, the entire Aqualung album was performed. Ian explained during the show that this tour is "practice" for an upcoming venture with XM Radio, which will see Aqualung re-recorded in front of a live a audience, sometime before the end of December 2004. Ian also claimed that Splipstream and Up To Me haven't been played since they were recorded in 1971, but when he said this it was a little unclear whether or not they are happy including them in the set list--the audience, however, was thrilled.

True to form, the band members told stories between songs, and played jokes on each other during the performance. While the antics of the band members may now seem a little rehearsed, and some of the monologue may have been heard before, still, Jethro Tull enjoyed several standing ovations--the last of which endured the entire three songs of the encore through to the tossing of the balloons at the close of the show.

Ian's voice was a topic audience members were talking about during the interval, but I feel he fared very well during the acoustic half of the show. It was during the electric set the high notes seemed a bit difficult for Ian to reach--almost as though he was competing against the volume of the instruments. That considered, and though the show was on a Monday night, and I probably would have enjoyed a slightly longer performance, it was most definitely worth the long wait to finally see Jethro Tull live.

...And, absolutely--no questions asked--rock flute still must be played standing on one leg.

Greg Stewart

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