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: That was one bad song.
Sept 22, 2015 9:11:56 GMT -5
piscesguy: Thank you so much StanDup
Sept 23, 2015 11:22:46 GMT -5
TM: Martin's new album coming soon! Review to follow.
Sept 24, 2015 9:47:28 GMT -5
StanDup: You're welcome. I like that old footage of them a mere few years before I saw them live.
Sept 24, 2015 21:04:54 GMT -5
TM: Quite a few new songs by Ian are posted in the "Telling the tale of Jethro" thread.
Oct 2, 2015 6:39:56 GMT -5
TM: Review of Martin's new album coming soon!
Oct 2, 2015 6:52:38 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Haven't bought Martin's album yet....I figure he will have it on sale at his NYC show, so I will buy it then. I imagine it's very good, as I really liked his tour last year.
Oct 13, 2015 7:37:16 GMT -5
Nonfatman: I think his next album should totally break the link with Tull. He need to find a great songwriter and come up with his own songs, not only instrumentals, but with lyrics. I like Dan Crisp's vocals.
Oct 13, 2015 7:39:03 GMT -5
TM: Martin's album is very good - he truly is brilliant, but I can't help think he and Ian are better together.
Oct 13, 2015 17:49:36 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Thanks for sending me it....I've got to find some time to listen.
Oct 14, 2015 6:12:06 GMT -5
TM: I'm listening to Martin's album for the first time up loud - it is great!!!
Oct 14, 2015 10:13:08 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 10:05:16 GMT -5
Biggles: Woohoo, Back To Steel is here! Review coming soon.
Oct 24, 2015 9:44:04 GMT -5
StanDup: Just ordered my copy of BTS. Looking forward to blasting it.
Oct 26, 2015 14:46:36 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 17:15:50 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 15:05:47 GMT -5
Biggles: At least three BTS songs stuck in my head now. Every track recorded reflects Martin's studio prowess.
Nov 16, 2015 16:34:17 GMT -5
TM: One of my favs is Eleanor Rigby.
Nov 17, 2015 14:29:04 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 15:16:58 GMT -5
TM: Yes, his guitars in that song are great.
Nov 18, 2015 9:38:25 GMT -5