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!
Michael Crowe: I was thinking the hidden face behind David might be Martin pulling the old "Paul Is Dead" McCartney trick.
Apr 13, 2014 1:08:05 GMT -5
Morthoron: I thought it was Captain Beefheart, like the time he held the fish head in front of his face for the cover of Trout Mask Replica.
Apr 13, 2014 13:10:00 GMT -5
Zombywoof: Join me in 10 minutes when I will be offering a preview of Ian Anderson's brand new record, HOMO ERRATICUS, only on progrock.com![br][br]Click here to stream: www.streamlicensing.com/play/player.php?sid=1855&stream_id=3143[br][br]Chat link: www.progrock.com/chat.htm
Apr 15, 2014 11:49:01 GMT -5
Biggles: I thought I'd wait until the reviews came in on the board before I made a purchase of HE. And just as I thought, nothing is clear, or dare I say.. Nothing Is Easy?
Apr 16, 2014 23:05:55 GMT -5
TM: It's a typical IA album for me as it has taken some time to appreciate. But it is a mixed bag. Some songs are pretty good, but most every song contains something I don't like, and then are some downright clunkers.
Apr 17, 2014 16:21:26 GMT -5
Michael Crowe: TM - Now that you've given "Toga" a new image, I think it's time for a new banner. Ian as a Bombay male prostitute is getting a little hard to bear. The rest look like actors in a gay review of The Hobbit. Check please.
Apr 18, 2014 15:59:12 GMT -5
Biggles: How 'bout one dedicated to the Mick (McMick) Abrahams era?
Apr 18, 2014 19:55:49 GMT -5
TM: Nice idea Bigs. A tribute to the original band sounds good. When I get back from red-rock country I'll pop one out.
Apr 19, 2014 10:02:13 GMT -5
aqualung: never recieved my Homo Erracticus....long wait in mail
Apr 19, 2014 17:58:29 GMT -5
Misteman 4: after hearing about half of "homo erraticus" ..have to say it is quite good. lyrics one can sink their teeth into. however for me "per ferox adventus" is a masterpiece and one of ian's best songs ever.
Apr 20, 2014 11:43:18 GMT -5
Nonfatman: I agree with you, James.....Puer is a masterpiece, and my favorite track on the album. The beginning reminds me of 70's Steeleye Span.
Apr 21, 2014 19:04:07 GMT -5
Nonfatman: Welcome, newest member, Antone.....glad to have you here. It's a fun place!
Apr 21, 2014 19:05:54 GMT -5