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!
TM: I'm listening to Martin's album for the first time up loud - it is great!!!
Oct 14, 2015 15:13:08 GMT -5
Biggles: I just ordered Back To Steel. Listened to Gerald's podcast interview last night. Martin, Dan and Co. sound really good.
Oct 17, 2015 15:05:16 GMT -5
Biggles: Woohoo, Back To Steel is here! Review coming soon.
Oct 24, 2015 14:44:04 GMT -5
StanDup: Just ordered my copy of BTS. Looking forward to blasting it.
Oct 26, 2015 19:46:36 GMT -5
Biggles: BTS review: Huge crunch factor on Martin's part. Highlights are Dan and the backing vocals. Nice blend of acoustic and electric instruments. Honorable mentions, George and Alan. Favorite track, 8. (for now) so hard to choose. A must have!
Oct 26, 2015 22:15:50 GMT -5
StanDup: BTS is an awesome album. Yeah track 8 blew me away - solid chorus. I think Martin may be the father of neo-classical guitar.
Nov 14, 2015 21:05:47 GMT -5
Biggles: At least three BTS songs stuck in my head now. Every track recorded reflects Martin's studio prowess.
Nov 16, 2015 22:34:17 GMT -5
TM: One of my favs is Eleanor Rigby.
Nov 17, 2015 20:29:04 GMT -5
Biggles: Rigby is growing on me too! Actually the whole CD has that creeper effect of a great JT release. Even Slow Marching Band leaves me with the feeling of Martin going "I contributed in a major way to this song and this is my take!"
Nov 17, 2015 21:16:58 GMT -5
TM: Yes, his guitars in that song are great.
Nov 18, 2015 15:38:25 GMT -5
TM: Going to see Martin this Saturday night.
Dec 14, 2015 13:18:35 GMT -5
Biggles: Sooo jealous! enjoy.
Dec 15, 2015 17:22:44 GMT -5
StanDup: hmm, I could still make the 2nd show on saturday. just kidding dammit.
Dec 19, 2015 0:33:17 GMT -5
TM: Oh man, what an incredible show! I have picks and videos to post.
Dec 21, 2015 15:57:10 GMT -5
StanDup: Right on, can't wait.
Dec 22, 2015 19:42:04 GMT -5
marco58: Just saw Martin and his hot band in Plymouth, MA last Friday night. My second live Tull experience, after Ian in November at Foxwoods in CT. Completely blown away, the man is legendary, can't wait for his 2016 dates!
Dec 22, 2015 20:21:12 GMT -5
TM: Know what you mean Marco - welcome to the board. Everyone in NY was blown away by him as well. It was best show I've seen in many years.
Dec 22, 2015 21:51:02 GMT -5
Biggles: I just read the Bill Kopp Asheville, NC review a few days ago and could tell you guys were in for something special. I love that marco58 referred to it as "My second live Tull experience" welcome to the board marco58!
Dec 22, 2015 23:49:09 GMT -5
StanDup: Martin dates added since the Arizona date was announced. For you lucky fans back east.
Jan 30, 2016 18:42:12 GMT -5
Biggles: Martin please book some dates in California!!!
Jan 30, 2016 21:06:24 GMT -5