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!
LJG: If he came to Toronto... I'd be there. I confess to quite having enjoyed the TAAB/TAAB2 show. Am I allowed to say that? LOL
Apr 6, 2015 13:11:39 GMT -5
TM: US dates for Ian's operas are just now being released.
Apr 6, 2015 21:33:09 GMT -5
TM: Of course you're allowed to say that LJG. I liked that show also. And I managed to stay awake for the second half unlike a few of my friends and neighbors!
Apr 9, 2015 10:14:47 GMT -5
Biggles: LJG, I enjoyed the TAAB/TAAB2 tour too. Though I was surprised at the 10 or 15% of supposed fans that checked out after TAAB.
Apr 9, 2015 23:45:47 GMT -5
Biggles: Hey TM, any idea when Martin will be posting US dates?
Apr 9, 2015 23:47:36 GMT -5
TM: No idea Bigs. Martin is touring through the end of October overseas, so we could see him come to the States as early as November. That of course would mean something would be announced soon.
Apr 10, 2015 13:07:21 GMT -5
TM: Talks are underway to see this....Opera!
Apr 10, 2015 13:08:04 GMT -5
Bill Baurle: Haven't been on the board since I joined in 2012, but finally found my username and password! Whoo-hoo! I can chinwag with my fellow Tullians once again
Apr 11, 2015 23:38:41 GMT -5
Dan: TM, does that mean you're going to the show?
Apr 13, 2015 10:36:13 GMT -5
TM: I'm thinking about it only because others are interested in going. How about you Danno, second thoughts by any chance?
Apr 13, 2015 11:28:31 GMT -5
Dan: There isn't anything about this tour that gets my juices flowing. I will miss you fine fellows however!
Apr 13, 2015 14:02:45 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Let's face it, this Ian Anderson opera is really just an excuse for us old farts to get out of the house, meet up with friends, eat some chicken wings and have a few beers. The show is secondary. I don't know what Ian was thinking with this one.
Apr 14, 2015 9:57:20 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Welcome to the board, Bill!
Apr 14, 2015 10:19:07 GMT -5
Dan: "The performance is in a quasi-operatic structure with virtual guests on video "... unless J.C. is coming down from the heavens to deliver an important message, ..then I will be sitting this one out.
Apr 14, 2015 10:41:10 GMT -5
TM: I've been to one opera in my life, and I swore it was my last.
Apr 14, 2015 11:14:17 GMT -5
Bill Baurle: Thanks, Nonfatman! I'm excited about getting more involved with the board, as time permits. Also, thank you for liking my Tull tale about SFTW, and my silly but written-with-love transformation of the very song that won my musical heart so many years ago.
Apr 15, 2015 0:03:51 GMT -5
TM: US Tour dates are now posted in Martin's "STAGE CENTER" section!
Apr 15, 2015 13:08:52 GMT -5
Biggles: Thanks for the heads up TM. Keep 'em comin' Martin.
Apr 15, 2015 22:02:41 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Welcome, hoodedcrow....I am assuming you are Russell, who I chatted with today on FB....Yes? Glad you made it here!
Apr 24, 2015 11:24:58 GMT -5
StanDup: I wonder if my boss still thinks Hillary would be a great president? oh well, what difference does it make.
Apr 25, 2015 0:23:05 GMT -5