According to the 'Family and Personal Life' section of Wikipedia's biography of Ian, he is a fan of the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball team, and quite an avid one at that!
Family and personal life "From 1970 to 1974, Anderson was married to Jennie Franks, a photographer who is credited with writing most of the lyrics to the song Aqualung. Anderson married Shona Learoyd in 1976, described by Rolling Stone magazine as a "beautiful convent-educated daughter of a wealthy wool manufacturer". She had studied ballet for 10 years, though Anderson met her when she was working as a press officer at Jethro Tull's then record-label Chrysalis Records. She later became involved with the band's on-stage special effects.
The couple have lived in a 16th-century redbrick farmhouse on the 500-acre Pophleys estate in Buckinghamshire, England, and on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. They currently live in Wiltshire, England. They have two children: James Duncan Anderson, also a musician; and Gael, who works in the film industry and is married to the actor Andrew Lincoln.
Anderson is a survivor of deep vein thrombosis, and has done several public service announcements to raise awareness of the disease.
Among his interests Anderson lists protecting wild cats, especially those that have been rescued from harsh captivity; cameras, chiefly Leicas; Indian cuisine – he has written a beginner's guide, thus far published only on the Internet.
Anderson describes himself as being "somewhere between Deist and Pantheist" religiously, according to his foreword to the pamphlet for his 2006 St. Brides charity concerts for the homeless.
Anderson has never taken the driving test, though he lists off-road motorcycling among his interests.
Anderson is an avid Seattle Mariners fan." --------------------------------------------------------------
Now, I'm guessing that this is probably joke by an unscrupulous contributor -- I don't see Ian being an 'avid fan' of any sports team -- but you never know!
I live in Seattle (once called "See Tull" by Ian at an early 70s concert here) and even I am not a Mariner's fan. Have attended several of their games but, to use the American idiomatic, they suck. They haven't even made the playoffs for many years. If Ian is a fan, more power to him!
Biggles: A few years ago I read a review comparing Kings Of Leon to the Allman Brothers. What a stretch. The only thing they have in common is the south. A lot of great music coming out of the the south right now, but it aint southern rock. It's Americana.
Jun 20, 2015 0:33:04 GMT -5
krusher: If you want to hear the best southern rock band out right now check out Blackberry Smoke. Without a doubt the best of old school southern boogie combined with great guitar hooks and meaningful lyrics I have heard in 30 years.
Jun 23, 2015 1:54:00 GMT -5
Biggles: Yes krusher, Blackberry Smoke... I've watched their VH1 vid. A very authentic southern rock band. Yes TM, digging the 'two camps' banner.
Jun 25, 2015 20:35:36 GMT -5
Morthoron: R.I.P. Chris Squire of Yes. Damn great bassist!
Jun 28, 2015 12:43:08 GMT -5
Michael Crowe: What is Americana Biggs? The last "Americana" show I saw on tv (from Nashville) featured Richard Thompson. Leon Wilkerson of Skynyrd called their music progressive. I think labels are dead.
Jun 30, 2015 2:04:16 GMT -5
Biggles: I don't mind labels. Example, two of the biggest labels going are liberal and conservative so I don't think they're dead. For me, Americana is a blend of eclectic music (not mainstream) born in America. I disagree w/ Leon and consider RT Brit-folk.
Jul 1, 2015 20:45:45 GMT -5
Michael Crowe: I was speaking of music labeling in particular - it's all cross-over. Americana seems to take in anything semi acoustic with a hint of country. Yeah I disagreed w/Leon. Not sure where RT belongs.
Jul 2, 2015 0:32:02 GMT -5
Biggles: Fair enough, music labeling. First time I heard John Prine, Townes Van Zandt I didn't know how to describe their music. Then I saw a post soliciting "Americana songwriters like JP and TVZ etc." I made sense to me.
Jul 2, 2015 20:53:28 GMT -5
Morthoron: It doesn't get more "Americana" than The Band, particularly their self-titled album and Music from the Big Pink.
Jul 3, 2015 6:16:26 GMT -5
Biggles: Funny you should mention that Mothoron. StandUp texted me nearly the same comment the other day.
Jul 3, 2015 20:17:47 GMT -5
TM: Martin's new album cover has been posted in his discography! The album will be called "Back To Steel."
Jul 17, 2015 13:38:21 GMT -5
TM: Word is Ian will release a new album next year entitled: Jethro Tull: How I Got The Name.
Jul 18, 2015 16:10:48 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Paul, I've heard that the first track on that album is going to be called 'How Come You Know Better than Me that This is Not Tull.'
Aug 3, 2015 0:34:45 GMT -5
TM: Somehow that doesn't surprise me.
Aug 3, 2015 9:58:09 GMT -5
TM: Martin's new album to be released on September 18th. It includes a few Tull remakes - most notably it closes with Slow Marching Band.
Aug 4, 2015 14:32:10 GMT -5
piscesguy: if anyone is interested in an astrological reading of ian anderson, 8/10/47, the only book worth reading is Heaven Knows What by Grant Lewi, written 1950. Look up Leo sun/Taurus moon and you will understand. Or I'm just a one line joker in a public forum
Aug 10, 2015 20:57:16 GMT -5
TM: Hey Tull fans, we have some exciting news about Martin and his new album coming up - and it's a JTB exclusive!
Aug 13, 2015 17:09:30 GMT -5
piscesguy: Does anyone know how to find an old video I saw here in black and white of Ian, Glenn Cornick and others s play at an auditorium in what seemed to be Germany?. There's a brief spot nearthe beginning where they are riding to that concert in high spirits.
Aug 16, 2015 11:27:32 GMT -5
TM: Come on Tull fans, this Q&A is not going to stay open long! Get your questions in while you can!
Aug 23, 2015 20:40:49 GMT -5